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Soil Foodweb is an international soil biology group providing laboratory soil testing and soil biology consultancy services.  It was founded by Dr Elaine Ingham, a leading international soil microbiologist.  The systems developed by Dr Ingham have been designed to analyse the microbiology present in soil samples and to develop appropriate responses to achieve desired levels and balances of soil microbiology.

The Foodweb in Compost

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By Dr Elaine Ingham
The Foodweb in Compost
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A manual by Dr Elaine Ingham.

What benefits can you obtain from compost?

Good compost does two things:
(1) Adds FOOD for nearly every kind of organism needed by a healthy soil;
(2) Adds an enormous diversity of ORGANISMS – bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes and often micro-arthropods and earthworms.

This publication will:
1.    define what good compost is,
2.    discuss how to obtain those benefits and
3.    give you pointers on how to get started making good compost.

By reading this document, you should be able to:
1.    determine whether a particular batch of compost is good or poor,
2.    determine how to sample compost
3.    determine the organisms present
4.    determine whether the compost is the best choice for making compost tea

The 5th Edition of the Compost Tea Manual is available through SFI.