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Teaming up with microbes

Wednesday 25 September 2019
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

- the 2nd lecture in a series on the future of agriculture -

Adaptation to a changing world requires new forms of agriculture. During the last century, most of the progress in agriculture has been on development on pesticides, fertilization, mechanisation and plant breeding. However, there exists a wealth of unused potential regarding beneficial interactions between plants and microbes. Incorporating these in agriculture hold the promise of increasing the sustainablity of agricultural practices, but this revolution is only just starting. Joana argues that we should team up with microbes rather than trying to annihilate them. As a a microbial ecologist, she has studies these interactions and she will discuss the incredible unused potential of microbes for a sustainable agricultural future.

About the speaker

Joana Salles is a professor in microbial ecology at the University of Groningen.

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