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Good and Bad Worms

To sustain agriculture and food security, farmers in the Northeastern U.S. need healthy soils. Microscopic worms, or nematodes, play an important role in soil health. Some nematode species are parasites, and high population densities can lead to poor soil and low crop yields. Other nematode species can be beneficial to soil and plants. To assist farmers, producers, crop advisors, and others interested in learning more about managing parasitic worms, the Multistate Research Fund, a NIFA initiative to foster collaboration among universities, has implemented a project to provide simple, low-cost tools and methods for effectively managing nematodes and protecting soil health.

Learn more about worms and nematodes.

Want to read about more impacts like this? Check out Fresh from the Field, a weekly bulletin showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees funded by NIFA.

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