Introduction to Soil Microbiology and Basic Microscopy

This workshop is divided in to two parts. Part one provides delegates with a sound introduction to the principles of microbiological management and a basic understanding of the vital role that the activities of micoorganisms have in unlocking and realising our soil’s full potential. Part two addresses the identification of the main components of a simple light microscope, providing take-away tips to help individuals to select a suitable model for themself. In the latter stages of this section of the workshop, we will concentrate on the practical application of this knowledge through a demonstration and training in correct microscope operation and how to use the device to sucessfully identify the key groups of microorganisms; using this knowledge to carry out effective, qualitative work.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Empower growers and greenkeepers to take control of their soil 
  • Provide a foundation to understanding the importance of soil life 
  • Be able to identify the key microorganisms in soils and solutions 
  • Become familiar with the care and operation of a basic light microscope 
  • Investigate the microbial components of compost teas 
  • Carry out productive, qualitative assessments 

Presented by Dr Jennifer Ings , Laboratory Technician and Simon Parfey, SoilBioLab 

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