The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Speaker:  Andrew Kulmatiski, Utah State University
Date:  Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Time:  3:00-4:00 pm
Location:  ENR2, S107
ABSTRACT:  For thousands of years farmers have used rotation cropping to manage plant-microbe interactions. Plant-soil feedback (PSF) researchers are now poised to develop ‘next-gen’ plant management techniques based on a refined understanding of plant-microbe interactions. These techniques will use knowledge of plant-symbiont and plant-pathogen interactions to increase agricultural production, suppress non-native plant growth and increase restoration success. While the potential for powerful new management approaches is great, significant barriers to understanding and developing microbially-based plant management approaches remain. Most PSF research uses a bioassay or ‘black box’ approach to describe plant-microbe interactions under greenhouse conditions, though, through some fits and starts, PSF researchers are beginning to open this ‘black box’ to identify putative PSF agents. Here I will describe some recent efforts to apply PSF knowledge to plant management and highlight directions of future research.