Soil Superheroes in Children’s Book

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Author: Erica Quinlan | Published: December 15, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — Mighty Mini Microbe is smaller than the average superhero.

That’s because she represents the billions of tiny soil microbes that play an integral role in soil health.

Mighty Mini talks about her adventures in a 24-page children’s/coloring book combo produced by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Ron Nichols, co-author of “Mighty Mini Microbe’s Tale,” shared his side of the story with AgriNews.

What inspired you to create Mighty Mini?

We wanted to give soil microbes a face and make it fun. It’ll be used as a teaching tool for that next generation of farmers, conservationists and scientists – to learn more about this incredible symbiosis that is happening underground.

What’s the story all about?

It’s a story that explains what microbes do – all of the benefits they bring to plants and to us. Things like cover crops, diverse rotations and no-till enrich the microbe’s habitat.


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