OP18: Curumim and Cunhanta helping soil biodiversity
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Launching at the regional meeting of
Brazilian Society for
The Progress of Science
The objective of this project is to enhance March 2009, Tabatinga
awareness, knowledge and understanding of below‐
ground biological diversity (BGBD), important to ..
scientific community (also capacity building: future
scientists) ‐Papers, chapters, books, etc.
scientists) Papers chapters books etc
Who will conserve biodiversity in practice? Also launched at XXXII Brazilian Congress
Society in general of Soil Science, August 2 ‐7, 2009,
Science must be “translated” to society
It was distributed in all schools of
the benchmark area and in schools
of other Municipalities: free.
Booklet being distributed in the indigenous
Communities of the benchmark area
Physical Management: e.g. no tillage
Ph i l tt ib t
Boy and girl‐ children curiosity, like the stimuli and motivation of science,
Chemical Management: e.g fertilizers, lime
Biological Management: e.g. inoculants
Complex, heterogeneous & dinamic
Elaine C.C. Fidalgo‐ remote sensing and
Ieda Amaral‐ Botany
Hiroshi Noda‐ Agronomy
Mauricio R. Coelho‐ pedology
Ronald Zanetti – Entomology‐ ants
Julio N.C. Louzada‐ Entomology‐beetles
Reginaldo Constantino and Agno N.S. Acioli‐ Entomology‐termites
Sonia S. Alfaia‐ soil fertility, nutrient cycling
Soil processes: organic matter decomposition, dung removal, soil pedoturbation
secondary seed dispersion and biological control
José Wellington de Morais‐ mesofauna
Juvenil E. Cares‐ nematologist
Neliton Marques‐ entomologist/
Alcides Moino‐Jr‐ Microbiogical
Control of insects
Ludwig Pfenning‐ Mycology –phytopathogenic fungi
José O. Siqueira and Sidney Stürmer‐ Microbiology‐ mycorrhizal fungi
– Gosh!! It is really important to know about biodiversity. The
soil organisms are true super heroes!
– They truly are, Curumim. Now, the ones you watch on
television doing amazing things are make believe. That is all
special effects. In nature, the activities of the organisms are
real and they help the plants, the ecosystems, such as the Valuating BGBD
us, the human beings, to exist. This is why we have to help
preserve them and let them keep working.
Curumim, Cunhantã, and the other kids asked all at the same
– Can we also help the biodiversity??
– Of course, you can. You can learn more about it, as you have
done today. This is the first step. Who knows there are future
Fatima M S Moreira scientists among you who will help to do that? The next steps
Microbiology‐ symbiotic are to preserve the biodiversity, as you already do here to
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some extent, and to use it to our benefit, but always respecting
Nitrogen fixing bacteria nature.
The kids got up all excited and said:
– We’re going to get started right away.
Mother earth and father sky smiled in their own way, very
The booklet is not only about soil
Biodiversity, it is also about human
diversity and how these
Scientist stereotype biodiversities can help each other.
Next step: evaluate the impact on
society awareness by interviewing
teachers and students of schools
that received the booklet