Microbial Analysis for Growers-PreLaunch
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Microbial Analysis for Growers-PreLaunch

How to Monitor Soil and Compost Microbes to Ensure Robust Plant Production
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Created by Dr. Mary Lucero
Last updated 8/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • -why microbial interactions are fundamental to plant health and nutrition.
  • -how to select and use an appropriate microscope and other lab equipment.
  • -how to collect and prepare informative soil samples.
  • -how to classify microbes into appropriate taxonomic kingdoms based on morphology.
  • -how to analyze the microbial diversity, density (abundance) and respiration rate of soil, compost, and compost tea samples.
  • -how to measure soil respiration
  • -how to use testing results to guide crop management decisions.
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Requirements
  • Basic biology.
  • Experience growing plants.
  • Note: A basic lab setup that includes a compound microscope (up to 400X magnification), a shaker, and other basic tools will be necessary for carrying out the analysis. One course module will provide the information you need to choose suitable equipment. You do not need the equipment to complete the class. However, you will not become proficient in microbial analysis without hands on experience.
Description

Growers, is your soil or compost part of a healthy microbial food web?  Is it supporting plant nutrition, storing water, building resistance to pests and disease, and producing high crop yields with minimal inputs?

Soils that support complex microbial food webs also house the air, water, and nutrients plants need to grow well.  Microbial Analysis for Growers teaches participants why healthy microbial communities are critical for plant production at any scale. Learn:

  1. When and why it makes sense to analyze their own soil biology.
  2. How to select and use necessary equipment.
  3. How to classify and identify key microbial types.
  4. How to keep records that can guide crop management decisions.  
  5. How to measure soil respiration rates. 

Note:  All the equipment needed to conduct routine soil biodiversity analysis will be described within. It is not necessary to have the equipment on hand to take the course.  

This prelaunch version of the course will begin with the units that are completed and uploaded as of August 10, 2017.  7 other units have been recorded, and they will be uploaded as soon as editing is complete.  Participants that purchase the Pre-launch course will have full access to the final version.  The benefits of joining during pre-launch include:

  • Early access to content.
  • More personal interaction with the instructor and with members of a smaller class.
Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who grows plants (farmers, nursery growers, greenhouse growers, gardeners, turfgrass managers).
  • Anyone who helps others grow plants (master gardeners, extension agents, crop consultants, teachers...).
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Curriculum For This Course
7 Lectures
01:15:46
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Introduction and Optional Review
1 Lecture 04:35

Here is a brief introduction to what we will cover in the units ahead.

Introduction
04:35

Are you a little rusty about the six kingdoms you studied in high school biology? Or did you attend high school when the plant and animal kingdoms were the only ones recognized? Either way, this website from Rhode Island College will bring you up to speed. (http://www.ric.edu/faculty/ptiskus/
Basic Biology Reviews: Biological Kingdoms
2 questions
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Video Units 1-9
5 Lectures 59:54

How did we do?  Answer these five questions to see how clearly my message is getting across!  Don't know the answer?  Replay the video as often as you like.

Unit 1 Quiz
3 questions

Unit 1-Why Microbes Matter, part B
09:12

Quiz for Unit 1, Part B

Unit 1-Why Microbes Matter, part B
1 question

After completing this section, you will be able to discuss both the benefits and the limitations of a Microbial Density and Diversity Analysis.

Unit 2-Why Perform a Microbial Density and Diversity (MDD) Analysis?
09:21

Unit 2 Quiz

Unit 2-Why Perform a Microbial Density and Diversity (MDD) Analysis?
3 questions

Unit 3-Choosing Microscopes and Other Equipment
10:56

Unit 3-Choosing Microscopes and Other Equipment, Part A
3 questions

Unit 3 Part B-Choosing your Microscope.
12:52

Unit 3 Part B Quiz-Microscope Features You Need to Succeed
2 questions
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Section 3-Measuring Soil Respiration
1 Lecture 11:19
Unit 9-Measuring Soil Respiration
11:19

Unit 9-Measuring Soil Respiration
4 questions
About the Instructor
Dr. Mary Lucero
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5 Students
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Systems Biologist at End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC

    Dr. Mary Lucero spent thirty years in research, examining plant and microbial interactions in complex agricultural ecosystems.  Her conclusions that microbial communities drive all living systems offer transformational insights growers can use to accelerate crop production, reduce the need for agrochemicals, and develop cultural practices that restore soil, conserve water, and repair damaged ecosystems.