Grow Your Own Soil Microorganisms


Workshop audio recordings from the 2014 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.

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Mike Lehman, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
The workshop will demonstrate the complexity of soil microbial communities and the challenges that this complexity poses. The diversity of microorganisms will be highlighted, and the roles of different soil microbes will be presented and connected with their relevance to agricultural producers. Particular attention will be given to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), which are important plant symbionts that can increase nutrient uptake by the host plant and provide many other benefits to producers. Research data will be shared that illustrates that cover cropping can increase AMF numbers and diversity, which in turn, increase the probability of significant benefits being received by the producer.