Understanding the Soil Microbiome with Nicole Masters

ATTRA - Voices from the Field

May 29 2019 • 1 hr 10 mins

In this episode, Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, talks with Nicole Masters, a New Zealand agroecologist and director of Integrity Soils. Kara, who works out of NCAT's Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas, caught up with Nicole via telephone while Nicole was visiting a client in Big Timber, Montana. They talk about ways in which the "soil microbiome" system that acts as a plant's digestive system mirrors the microbiome of the human digestive system. They discuss how to understand the health of an agricultural operation's soil microbiome, and they talk about ways regenerative agriculture with its focus on soil health can help mitigate the challenges to agriculture that come with a changing climate. Nicole and Kara share resources they see as helpful resources for understanding the topic in more depth.For more information on this topic, you can contact Kara Kroeger directly at karak@ncat.org..

Related ATTRA Resources:
Soil for Water
Soils & Compost
National Center for Appropriate Technology website

Other Resources

Integrity Soils website

Teaming with Microbes:The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

Science in Agriculture

Fertility Pastures

Dirt to Soil


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