Lime And Tea: Just The Thing To Refresh Soil

Scientists in Japan have found a way to lower the acidity of soil with the help of a bacterium they found in the earth of tea plantations. The rod-shaped Flavobacterium ST-3991, which tints soil yellow, appears to create a protein that simultaneously lowers soil acidity and absorbs harmful aluminum ions. The aluminum ions are created when acidic soil breaks down aluminum oxides.

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