The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

by David R. Montgomery, Anne Bikle

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The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health by David R. Montgomery, Anne Bikle

"Sure to become a game-changing guide to the future of good food and healthy landscapes." —Dan Barber, chef and author of The Third PlatePrepare to set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. The Hidden Half of Nature reveals why good health—for people and for plants—depends on Earth’s smallest creatures. Restoring life to their barren yard and recovering from a health crisis, David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé discover astounding parallels between the botanical world and our own bodies. From garden to gut, they show why cultivating beneficial microbiomes holds the key to transforming agriculture and medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393353372
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 141,373
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David R. Montgomery is a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne Biklé, and Loki, their guide-dog dropout.

Anne Biklé is a biologist and environmental planner. Her career spans the fields of environmental stewardship, habitat restoration, and public health. The Hidden Half of Nature is her first book.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Dead Dirt 7

2 Thinking Small 24

3 Looking into Life 35

4 Better Together 52

5 War on the Soil 64

6 Underground Allies 89

7 Too Close to Home 109

8 Inner Nature 131

9 Invisible Enemies 157

10 Feuding Saviors 172

11 Personal Alchemists 191

12 Tending the Garden 208

13 Courting Ancient Friends 224

14 Cultivating Health 247

Glossary 261

Notes 265

Sources 270

Acknowledgments 291

Index 295

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