A Nov. 17 webinar will focus on explaining measurements of the soil microbiome and how the data is used to better understand how changes in agronomic management affect the ability of the soil to support cropping systems.

The webinar, conducted by the Soil Health Institute, will include a presentation from Christine Morgan, SHI’s chief scientific officer.

“Understanding the soil microbiome is a new frontier, yet holds great promise for understanding and improving agricultural production systems,” the organization said in the event announcement. “Measurements of soil microbes to be discussed will include phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) analyses, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), 16s ribosomal RNA (rRNA) and Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS) amplicon sequencing, and metagenomics.”

Morgan will “provide attendees with a practical understanding of these measurements and describe what kind of information these measurements yield.”

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