Decomposers At Work

Decomposers like bacteria, fungi, and scavengers break down the nutrients, energy, and matter trapped in dead plants and animal bodies and make them available to the next generation of new life. Watch how two start-up industries collaborate with decomposers to build businesses, community gardens, and volunteer communities.


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What's My Story: Biological and Agricultural Engineer

Albert Rubin is a retired biological and agricultural engineer working to restore the soil—the living skin of planet Earth. As a boy, Dr. Rubin discovered that dried sludge made the orange trees in his neighborhood bloom and bear fruit. That science experiment led to a lifetime career in soil science. Although Dr. Rubin retired from the department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at NCSU in 2004, that doesn’t mean he’s not working.

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