2016-2017 Lecture Series:
The Gallery Lecture Series highlights the breadth of interdisciplinary research and creative work found on the range of topics showcased each semester in the Haricombe Gallery. The Spring 2017 series features the following KU scholars:
James Bever, Foundation Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Scientist, and Dr. Liz Koziol, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Wednesday, March 29 | 2:30-4:00 p.m. | Watson 3 West
Plant Microbiomes, Prairie Biodiversity and Agricultural Productivity
Plants, like humans, are strongly influenced by their microbiomes—the collection of microbes that live on and in their hosts. Bever and Koziol have found that plant microbiomes play major roles in structuring and maintaining the native prairies and forests that originally covered Kansas. Following conversion of most of the Kansas landscape to agriculture, Bever and Koziol have found that restoration of the native diversity is dependent upon restoring their native microbiomes. Their work on native plant microbiomes suggests new approaches to sustaining agricultural productivity.