What are soil-borne diseases?
- Soil-borne diseases are diseases that can infect plants, animals, and human via soil.
- There are multiple different pathogens that contaminate soil and cause disease including bacteria, fungi, and helminths (parasitic worms). Most of these lay dormant (inactive) in the soil until they come in contact with a host.
- A host such as an animal can become infected by inhaling dormant spores or eggs in the case of helminths or by the pathogen coming in contact with an open wound. These situations are also the case for humans, but humans can also become infected by eating an animal who is infected.
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Hopkins, Gabriella, "Soil Project" (2022). Natural Sciences Poster Sessions. 177.