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Understanding How Living Soil Can Help Plants to Grow

Target audience: Middle school teachers

The human population is projected to reach 9 billion people by the year 2050. To accommodate this increase in population, global food production will need to increase by 70-100%. Chemical fertilizers are non-renewable resources that will continue to decrease in supply as the demand continually increases. Alternatives to chemical fertilizers are, therefore, necessary to continue improving crop yields into the future. Recently, the agricultural industry has begun to explore how plant probiotics can be used to increase plant growth and productivity, instead of chemical fertilizer addition.

In this workshop, teachers will learn about the importance of plant microbiome research and how it is being used to improve crop productivity. They will be given the resources for their students to conduct experiments on their local soils, demonstrating that soil contains living microorganisms that can help plants to grow.


Class Dates

Class Dates

Wednesday, June 5

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Meet your Instructor

Meet your Instructor
Sarah Lebeis
Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee, Knoxville