All the Small Things: Nurturing Food Webs of Degraded Soils
Most agricultural land is considered degraded. Much of the degradation is due to neglect of soil health. Recent advances in DNA sequencing and other molecular biology techniques are allowing for accurate descriptions of soil microbiomes and insights into beneficial plant-microbe interactions, respectively. An overview of microbiome research (both human microbiome and soil microbiome) will be followed with a discussion of agricultural approaches designed to nurture soil back to health. The talk will end with a discussion about newlydeveloped curriculum that emphasizes biological principles starting with a foundation built on assessing soil health in Dr. Graff’s freshman-level biology laboratory courses.
Graff, Joel W., "All the Small Things: Nurturing Food Webs of Degraded Soils" (2019). Guest Lectures. 92.