What Lurks Beneath: How Soil Microbes Support Plant Health

For decades, companies have developed fungal additives for farmers to increase crop productivity. But little is known about how well those work even in the most common crop plants such as corn and soy. Even less is known about the bacteria that influence plant health and about the impact these microbes have in plant ecosystems other than common crops.

At this STEM Café, learn about how microbes in soil affect plant health and how plant health, in turn, affects humans and the planet. NIU Biology Associate Professor Wesley Swingley will share insights from a current National Science Foundation-funded study at The Morton Arboretum and the Nachusa Grasslands designed to illuminate how bacteria and fungi interact with prairie plant roots.

Dial-In Information

Registration is required for this event. Your confirmation email will contain a link which you must click by 5:50 p.m. to enter the meeting. The meeting room opens at 5:30 p.m., and speakers begin promptly at 6 p.m. On a computer, the Chrome browser works best, and you will be asked to download the Adobe Connect app. For tablets and mobile devices, go to your app store and download the Adobe Connect mobile app before attending. You’ll be able to listen to the speakers and have a chance to type in your questions. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Lectures, Presentations and Workshops, Community Events



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Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public






This event is free and open to the public.

Biological Sciences, Center for P-20 Engagement, NIU Outreach, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development


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Judith Dymond

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