Recently, Jasper Wubs, Wim van der Putten, Machiel Bosch and Martijn Bezemer published their work on soil inoculation where they showed that ecosystem restoration could be steered towards different ecosystem types depending on the inoculum source.
Picture on the right hand: E.R. Jasper Wubs/After 8 years, a rich heather crop thrives (right) where soil was added compared with land recovering on its own.
In addition, we argue that it is the soil biota in the inocula that determine which way the ecosystem will develop. See also viewpoints in Science, The Scientist and elsewhere. For Dutch speaker see NRC next.