A whopper of a microbe!!

I was checking the biological richness of a homemade autumn compost and found this little (!) beauty. It’s a ‘naked’ amoeba (naked distinguishes it from those that reside inside a type of shell called a test (testate amoebae). Amoebae perform a very important trophic function in your soil; they graze on bacteria to keep numbers from exploding (bad for soil health) and poop much needed ammonium that higher plants need to absorb. They can eat up to 10,000 bacteria a day! Isn’t it graceful as it swells out its ‘pseudopod’ in response to tiny chemical signals and the promise of food?

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