A Crisis Deeply Rooted. Complexity of restoring our prairies entangles climate change fight.

It’s been more than 91 years since the last crop was pulled from the soil of an old farm field that, hidden away in a science reserve just north of the Twin Cities, has been left to grow wild.

But the soil still hasn’t recovered.

Now that field is being studied by researchers from the University of Minnesota who are trying to understand the remarkable underground biology that once made North America’s grasslands one of the world’s richest ecosystems. And, in the process, understand what it would take to restore that lost ecology.

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