Lunch & Learn | How much do microbial communities matter in agricultural soils?
October 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presented by Dr. Teal Potter, Post-doctoral Researcher, Soil Health Program, NWREC. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
Soil organisms are receiving considerable praise for their services in agricultural soils. For example, soil microbial communities perform decomposition and mineralization across all arable landscapes, and there is an expectation that some communities are better than others. Farming practices, such as tillage and cover cropping, can alter soil microbial communities, but how much do these practices affect microbial community composition and function?
In this talk I will provide some background on soil microbial communities: what they are and how they are measured. I will then illustrate a) how management practices typically alter microbial communities and b) whether different microbial communities sourced from different fields have unique effects on crops.
You will need to register to receive a link to attend the seminar via Zoom.