The soil microbiome is the diverse community of organisms inhabiting the soil that make vitally important contributions to the physical and chemical properties of all soils, influence plant growth, and provide various ecosystem services ranging from decomposition processes involved in organic matter formation to regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Because soil organisms are regulators that mediate many soil and environmental processes, it is necessary to understand the biology of soils to fully comprehend soil health of prairie and other terrestrial ecosystems.
The webinar, to be held via Zoom, will be 45 minutes including a question and answer session. The webinar will be recorded, and sent to all registrants as well as posted to our YouTube channel.
Bob Kremer currently serves as an adjunct Professor of Soil Microbiology in the School of Natural Resources and the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri and recently retired after a 32-year career as a microbiologist with U.S.D.A, Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Kremer’s research projects included biological control of weeds; pesticide fates in the environment; soil microbe-plant-pesticide interactions; soil health assessment in agro- and grassland ecosystems; biological products testing; and genetically-modified crops and glyphosate in agricultural production systems. Dr. Kremer is a Certified Soil Scientist, is active in numerous professional societies, has published numerous articles including two books, and has served on advisory panels for US-EPA and NRCS. He was raised on a diversified farm in Osage County, Missouri and continues to work and carry out field research trials on the same farm.
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