The ecology of soil-borne human diseases

Simon Jeffery, Wim H. Van der Putten

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The International Year of Soils, as declared by the 68th United Nations General Assembly, aims to raise awareness of soils and the numerous vital ecosystem services that they provide, including the provision of food, fuel and fibre, storage and filtration of water, climatic regulation and waste decomposition. All of these services are the result of the myriad of interactions of organisms in the soil, including bacteria, archaea, protozoa, fungi and soil fauna. The functioning of these organisms is so vital that there would likely be no above-ground life on Earth, and certainly no human life, without life in soil. It is with this in mind that the following article on soil-borne human diseases should be read.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMicrobiology Today
Issue numberMay
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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