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ChatChat - Claudia Cragg

Jan 14, 2016

In this KGNU interview, for 'It's The Economy, Claudia Cragg speaks with David Montgomery, a professor of earth and space sciences, and his wife, biologist and environmental planner Anne Biklé. In their recent book, 'The Hidden Half of Nature', they unravel the universe of microbes that make dirt fertile and allow us to digest food.

Both the lining of our colons and the ground beneath our feet, the authors explain, are "bio­logical bazaars where plants and people trade nutritional wares and form alliances." Combining lucid explication of emerging science with personal anecdotes, Montgomery and Biklé, who confronted a cancer diagnosis while writing the book, reveal that our immune defenses depend on protecting and nourishing these microscopic brigades.