Seminar 2 - The Potential and Varied Benefits of Soil Microbial Management

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This seminar will look at the latest soil microbiological research at Royal Holloway, including experiments designed to address whether beneficial microbes can be used to combat turf grass pest and disease problems. It will provide a brief review of the topic of soil microbiology and the experiments that have been used to investigate the interactions of certain microbes and seaweed products (‘biostimulants’) with biotic problems, such as Microdochium nivale and root-feeding nematodes. It will consider abiotic problems such as drought stress and the compatibility of existing management techniques, such as fertilisers and pesticides, with microbial management. 

Learning Outcomes: 
• How microbes may influence pest and disease outbreaks 
• Understand when and when not to apply certain beneficial microbes 
• The concept of Integrated Pest Management 

Presented by Dr Alan Gange, Professor of Microbial Ecology and Tamsin Williams, PhD Research Student, Royal Holloway, University of London 

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