“Amazon: The Importance of the Rainforest Ecosystem, from the Soils Perspective”
Tinker Visiting Professor Mauricio Fontes, Professor of Soil Science, Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
206 Ingraham Hall
The Amazon biome is the world´s largest remaining tropical forest, hosting around 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. It is important in maintaining the rainfall regime in part of South America and it is at risk of turning the rainforest into a savannah. The soil, as part of this important ecosystem, has an important role in the conservation of this biome. In general, the soil has to be viewed as a non-renewable natural resource, especially in the Amazon region.