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Posts tagged organic matter

March 25, 2014

 

Close-up of a dissected earthworm

Attack Of The Earthworms

Earthworms may be good for your garden, but they can be harmful to other habitats.

November 1, 2010

 

A rain forest with many lush, green trees

Why Is Rain Forest Soil So Poor After Trees Are Cut Down

Rain forests are full of abundant vegetation and life. So, why does the soil change when the trees are cut down?

September 27, 2003

 

Fruit Flies in My House

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have fruit in your house to have fruit flies. All you need is fermenting organic matter that remains wet or moist. Most likely, that’s going to mean drains–sinks, showers, etc. In particular, fruit flies tend to breed in slow-moving or seldom-used drains in which a layer of slime has built up.

September 27, 2003

 

Battle of the Bugs

The ultraviolet light is supposed to attract mosquitoes against an electrified grid, which then zaps them. Well, it’s true that plenty of mosquitoes are attracted into your backyard by the light, but once the mosquitoes catch a whiff of you, they ignore the light completely.

September 27, 2003

 

The Most Successful Species on Earth

For many scientists, a species’ success is measured by sheer numbers. In that case, the most successful species known to man is a type of bacterium known as S-A-R-11, or SAR-11 for short. Scientists estimate that there are two-hundred and forty times a billion billion billion SAR11 cells floating around in the oceans. Now that [...]

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