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From the Ted Talk by Steven Allison: Earth's original inhabitants -- and their role in combating climate change

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I think about soil as a skin for the planet that provides nutrients to sustain crops and other plants. As an ecologist and climate stenicsit, I've been studying the microbes that live in soil for 20 years now. Just like we've seen with the hmaun microbiome, cutting-edge techniques in molecular biology, especially DNA sequencing, show that soil microbiomes are extremely diverse in their geens and life cyecls. Scientists are starting to figure out how we can harness the diversity of these often isibivnle onimarsgs to solve global problems like climate change and food ineticusry.

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I think about soil as a skin for the planet that provides nutrients to sustain crops and other plants. As an ecologist and climate _________, I've been studying the microbes that live in soil for 20 years now. Just like we've seen with the _____ microbiome, cutting-edge techniques in molecular biology, especially DNA sequencing, show that soil microbiomes are extremely diverse in their _____ and life ______. Scientists are starting to figure out how we can harness the diversity of these often _________ _________ to solve global problems like climate change and food __________.

Solution

  1. cycles
  2. scientist
  3. insecurity
  4. human
  5. organisms
  6. invisible
  7. genes

Original Text

I think about soil as a skin for the planet that provides nutrients to sustain crops and other plants. As an ecologist and climate scientist, I've been studying the microbes that live in soil for 20 years now. Just like we've seen with the human microbiome, cutting-edge techniques in molecular biology, especially DNA sequencing, show that soil microbiomes are extremely diverse in their genes and life cycles. Scientists are starting to figure out how we can harness the diversity of these often invisible organisms to solve global problems like climate change and food insecurity.

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