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Partnering with soil microbes essential to plant and animal life

Evidence is building about the importance of the soil microbiome

American Society of Agronomy

Soils can be extraordinarily biodiverse and differ widely in the kinds of microbial communities that inhabit them. As our understanding of what governs these differences grows, we can make better choices to protect and regenerate our soils' biodiversity. And without a vibrant soil microbial community, humans would not be able to depend on soil for food and other ecosystem services.

The "Life Underground: Who, Where, Why?" lecture planned at the Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL, will address this important topic. The presentation will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 8:40 AM. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.

Kate Scow, UC Davis, will present the lecture, which is part of the Nyle Brady Frontiers of Soil Science Lectureship.

"A soil's biodiversity is influenced by many factors, both in the environment--such as soil properties and climate--and as a result of human practices," says Scow. "Given that a healthy soil is a living soil, understanding who lives where and why will help us find ways to protect and regenerate our soils."


For more information about the 2017 meeting, visit Media are invited to attend the conference. Pre-registration by Oct. 10, 2017 is required. Visit for registration information. For information about the "Life Underground: Who, Where, Why?" visit

To speak with Dr. Scow, contact Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091, to arrange an interview.

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