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Registration is open NOW for Soil Regen Summit 2022; Farming for the Future, March 15-18, 2022. 

Join us for Day 3 of this year’s Soil Regen Summit to hear presenters talk about The Science Behind Regen Ag. We’ll take a deep dive into the world of soil, plants, and biology with an array of topics and scientists.

Robert J. Long - Featured Artist - Soil Regen Summit 2022 - Soil Food Web School

Robert J. Long is the Featured Artist for Soil Regen Summit 2022.

There are 8 speakers on Day 3, here’s the full lineup:

Prof. Ted Turlings, Entomologist, Chemical Ecologist

Talk Title: “Trophic interactions in the rhizosphere: How plants actively recruit the enemies of their enemies.” Ted Turlings is based in the Netherlands and did his studies at Leiden University, where he obtained a bachelors and masters degree in Biology, with a specialization in Ecology. In 1985, he moved to the University of Florida to conduct a PhD in Entomology/Chemical Ecology. During his PhD, he discovered that insect-damaged plants emit specific volatile chemical signals that attract parasitic wasps. 

Prof. Edward Mitchell, Microbial Ecologist

Talk Title: “Soil protists – Who are they? What do they do? What can they tell us about the environment?” Professor Mitchell has led the Laboratory of Soil Biology at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland since 2009. His research focuses primarily on soil biodiversity and ecology with a strong focus on a group of free-living protozoa, the testate amoebae. Mitchell is interested in understanding the diversity and functional roles of poorly known soil organisms, the response of soil communities to natural gradients, present and past ecosystem dynamics and the effects of human activities on ecosystems.

Dr. Mary Cole, Plant Pathologist, Soil Microbiologist, founder Agpath P/L

Talk Title: “Pathogenic fungi – plant pathogens – problems of our making, not theirs!!” Dr. Mary Cole is a well known academic, plant pathologist and soil microbiologist who provides instruction and workshops/courses in biological non-chemical/sustainable agricultural farming practices to farmers, students, and consultants. 

Dr. Elaine Ingham, Soil Biology Pioneer, Soil Food Web School Founder

On Day 3, Dr. Elaine’s talk will cover “The Science of Returning Life to the Soil.” For over four decades, Dr. Elaine Ingham has advanced our knowledge of the Soil Food Web. An internationally-recognized leader in soil microbiology, Dr. Ingham has collaborated with other scientists and with farmers around the world to further our understanding of how soil organisms work together and with plants.

Graham Lancaster, Managing Director and founder of SCU’s Environmental Analysis Lab

Talk Title: “Soil Chemistry, Nutrient Cycling and Soil Biology.” Graham is the founding director of the Environmental Analysis Laboratory at Southern Cross University, Australia. EAL has been supporting sustainable farming for over 30 years and promoting all forms of soil management using the principles of biological, organic, regenerative farming.

Dr. Kristina Young, Dryland Ecologist, founder of Science Moab

Talk title: “Understanding The Desert’s Living Skin.” Dr. Kristina Young is a dryland ecologist and place-based science communicator studying the semi-arid ecosystems of the Colorado Plateau. Kristina’s research has focused on understanding desert ecosystems and communicating those understandings to the millions of people who visit these beautiful and fragile landscapes.

Dr. Adrienne Godschalx, Soil Food Web School Mentor & Researcher

Talk Title: “When is a pest not a pest? How soil food webs shape plant-insect interactions” Dr. Adrienne Godschalx studied chemical ecology at Portland State University and conducted her PhD research on nitrogen-fixing rhizobia and how a plant’s belowground symbiosis can affect leaf chemistry, and as a result, the plant’s relationship with insects, both herbivore pests and beneficial predators. She pursued her research further as a postdoc at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland, where she investigated the volatile organic compounds plants emit as signals to microbes and insects. 

Dr. Adam B. Cobb, Soil Food Web School Content Development & Science Editor

Talk Title: “Allies in the Soil.” Adam’s passion for agriculture emerged in 2008, during his three months of volunteer work on organic farms in New Zealand. After completing his doctorate at Oklahoma State University in 2016, he was funded as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Instructor. During the past 5 years, Adam authored or coauthored 20 research publications focused on agroecology and plant-microbial symbioses. He also taught multiple undergraduate and graduate courses on global food security, restoration ecology, and environmental science. He joined The Soil Food Web School in 2021, following his dream to help regenerate soils, improve human nutrition, and protect our planet.

Here are the Live-Panels for Day 3:

  • Live Panel Discussion, “Myco Mind Meld:” Merlin Sheldrake, Peter McCoy, and Dr. Kristina Young. Hosted by Dr. Adam Cobb.
    This live-panel session will be followed by Meet & Greet sessions where each panelist will be available for a separate live Q&A with audience members. Please come prepared with your questions!
  • Pre-recorded Panel Discussion, “Meet the Microbial Predators: A Deep Dive into Nematodes and Protists of the Soil”: Dr. Elaine Ingham, Prof. Ted Turlings, and Prof. Edward Mitchell.  Hosted by Dr. Adrienne Godschalx.
    This discussion session and the following meet & greet sessions were pre-recorded with an audience of current and former Soil Food Web School students.

We hope you’ll join us for this great lineup on Day 3 – we look forward to learning with you!


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