The answer lies in the soil
The relationship between agriculture and soil organisms is detailed in a new, user-friendly publication from the CRC for Soil and Land Management — Life in the Soil.
The liberally illustrated 12-page booklet aims to give farmers a better understanding of the activities of soil organisms and how they interact with their food web and agricultural practices.
The first section explains the role of soil organisms, the second details the beneficial and detrimental interactions with agriculture; ways to measure two types of soil organisms in the soil are given in the third section.
Life in the Soil by Vadakattu Gupta, Stephen Neate and Emma Leonard is available from the following State Information Centres ($5):
SA, WA and NT: Jan Ward, Primary Industries SA, 1800 356 446
NSW and Tas: Novelle Hastings, NSW Agriculture, 02 6391 3433
Victoria: Simon Spivak, NRE Information Centre, 03 9367 8080
Queensland: Geoff Bock, DPI Publications, 07 3239 3773