There is a considerable amount of excitement surrounding the idea of “soil biology” and its role in agriculture today. Maintaining healthy soil is important, and certainly involves paying attention to the living organisms in the soil. However, studying soil microbiology is complex, there are limitations to the current methods of research, and there is a lot of information and claims out there that can be hard to sift through. This session will cover how a microbiome study is typically conducted, outline some limitations of this type of study, and present results regarding crop rotation and soil bacterial communities.
Soil Science Extension
University of Wisconsin Madison