This course will investigate several aspects of soil, with a focus on their relevance to plant growth. Topics will include the physical nature of soil and a brief discussion of soil chemistry. We will focus most attention on nutrient cycling and soil ecology. Which soil microbes are most beneficial to plant growth? Which can be harmful? How can we promote growth of plants with appropriate management of soil conditions? The interaction of plant roots with soil microbes, including symbiotic interactions such as mycorrhizal roots, will also be discussed.
Dr. Karen Snetselaar is Director of Biology Graduate Programs and Professor of Biology at Saint Joseph’s University. She has been a member of the faculty of the Wagner Free Institute of Science since 2000. Her research focuses on fungi and plant disease. She is also interested in urban ecology and in promoting public understanding of science, especially science education outreach into K-12 schools.
Preregistration for Winter and Spring courses opens on Monday, December 4, 2017. For information on preregistration and full course syllabuses, please see the Wagner’s website or call Cara Scharf at 215-763-6529 x24.