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Course on Beneficial Fungi Popular Among Many, Especially Organic farmers

WHO: Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

WHAT: UF/IFAS teaches a course called “Applications and Analyses of Mycorrhizal Associations,” a class that’s particularly popular with organic farmers. Course participants learn how to use the power of these beneficial fungi. Professor Andy Ogram and senior biological scientist Abid Al Agely — both in the UF/IFAS soil and water sciences department– will teach the course.

Mycorrhizal fungi live in the soil and add organic matter to help plants absorb nutrients and water, Al Agely said. During the course, participants will gain hands-on experience with recognizing and using mycorrhizae. By the end of the course, attendees will isolate the fungi spores and use them as fertilizer. They will also be able to determine the efficiency at which the spores make associations and if they’re working.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 9-June 11

WHERE: McCarty Hall B, Room 3108

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/soilmicro18/.

Early registration ends June 1. Register at: www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/soilmicro18/#reg . Contact Kimberly Brand, 352-392-5930; kimmer72@ufl.edu.

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu

The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS works to bring science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents. Visit the UF/IFAS web site at ifas.ufl.edu and follow us on social media at @UF_IFAS.

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