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The hidden half of nature : the microbial roots of life and health /

by Montgomery, David R [author.]; Biklé, Anne [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]Edition: First edition.Description: 309 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780393244403; 0393244407.Subject(s): Microbiology -- Physiology | Conservation of natural resources | Crops | Health promotion | Soil microbiology
Contents:
Dead dirt -- Thinking small -- Looking into life -- Better together -- War on the soil -- Underground allies -- Too close to home -- Inner nature -- Invisible enemies -- Feuding saviors -- Personal alchemists -- Tending the garden -- Courting ancient friends -- Cultivating health.
Summary: "Prepare to set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. Good health--for people and for plants--depends on Earth's smallest creatures. [This book] tells the story of our tangled relationship with microbes and their potential to revolutionize agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut"--Dust jacket flap.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>Our world is built on an invisible one we are barely beginning to understand. In The Hidden Half of Nature, geologist David R. Montgomery and biologist Anne Bikl? argue that Earth's smallest creatures--microbes--could fundamentally change how we grow food, what we eat and how we practise medicine.</p> <p>The Hidden Half of Nature shares Montgomery and Bikl?'s efforts to turn a barren patch of ground into a flourishing garden, and Bikl?'s struggle with cancer. Taking readers deep into the science and history of agriculture and immunology, they show that microbes can provide powerful solutions to the problems plaguing modern agriculture as well as our own bodies. A spellbinding story, The Hidden Half of Nature reveals how we can restore fertility to the land and defeat chronic diseases.</p>

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Dead dirt -- Thinking small -- Looking into life -- Better together -- War on the soil -- Underground allies -- Too close to home -- Inner nature -- Invisible enemies -- Feuding saviors -- Personal alchemists -- Tending the garden -- Courting ancient friends -- Cultivating health.

"Prepare to set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. Good health--for people and for plants--depends on Earth's smallest creatures. [This book] tells the story of our tangled relationship with microbes and their potential to revolutionize agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut"--Dust jacket flap.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • 1 Dead Dirt (p. 7)
  • 2 Thinking Small (p. 24)
  • 3 Looking into Life (p. 35)
  • 4 Better Together (p. 52)
  • 5 War on the Soil (p. 64)
  • 6 Underground Allies (p. 89)
  • 7 Too Close to Home (p. 109)
  • 8 Inner Nature (p. 131)
  • 9 Invisible Enemies (p. 157)
  • 10 Feuding Saviors (p. 172)
  • 11 Personal Alchemists (p. 191)
  • 12 Tending the Garden (p. 208)
  • 13 Courting Ancient Friends (p. 224)
  • 14 Cultivating Health (p. 247)
  • Glossary (p. 261)
  • Notes (p. 265)
  • Sources (p. 270)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 291)
  • Index (p. 295)

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Library Journal Review

Geologist Montgomery (geomorphology, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; The Rocks Don't Lie) and biologist Biklé share their personal accounts of transforming their yard into a lush garden after feeding the soil with organic matter. They also write about Biklé's battle with cancer, which propels them deeper into researching microbes. The authors argue that microbes are beneficial and powerful healers that can help infertile crops and battle chronic diseases. Additionally, eating certain foods helps to build healthy microbes. The authors demonstrate that humans and plants have more in common than many realize. A science background is not necessary for readers of this title as the authors do a fine job of explaining scientific terms and processes; they make the material exciting and intimate. VERDICT Recommended for general readers wishing to learn more about gardening, sustainability, and nutrition, as well as students and scholars of geology, microbiology, botany, the history of science, public health, agriculture, and nutrition.-Tina Chan, SUNY Oswego © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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