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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892

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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

Why is humus an important component of fertile soil?

Summary Introduction

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The importance of humus in fertile soil.

Introduction:

A mixture of gases, minerals, and inorganic and organic material is known as soil. It is a major ingredient that helps plants to live. Soil holds all these materials that provide all the required components for a plant to grow and sustain life. The external factors, such as the availability of sunlight and water, also affect the growth of a plant.

Explanation

The inorganic components that are present in the soil determine the texture of the soil. The basic texture is given by the size of mineral particles. The organic components of soil help to circulate all the nutrients and water throughout the roots of the plant.

Humus is one of the important organic components. It is the mixture of the parts of decomposed plants and animals, the waste of animals, and some other decomposable matter...

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