“Plant Microbiomes, Prairie Biodiversity and Agricultural Productivity” presentation on March 29

Monday, March 20, 2017

KU Libraries will host a Gallery Lecture Series presentation by James D. Bever, foundation distinguished professor at the Kansas Biological Survey and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Liz Koziol, post-doctoral scholar at the Kansas Biological Survey and the Land Institute. The presentation, entitled “Plant Microbiomes, Prairie Biodiversity and Agricultural Productivity,” is the first lecture in the spring Gallery Lecture Series line-up and will be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 2:30-4 p.m. in Watson Three West. 

In this presentation, Beyer and Koziol will discuss the major roles that plant microbiomes play in structuring and maintaining the native prairies and forests that originally covered Kansas. Following conversion of most of the Kansas landscape to agriculture, Beyer and Koziol found that restoration of the native diversity is dependent upon restoring their native microbiomes. They will discuss their work on native plant microbiomes, suggesting new approaches to sustaining agricultural productivity.

“We are pleased to welcome James Bever and Liz Koziol to the Libraries to talk about their research in the natural sciences and to learn how collaboration is an essential element to success not just to humans but throughout our natural world!” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, head of community engagement and coordinator of KU Libraries exhibits program.

The spring Gallery Lectures Series is developed in conjunction with the Haricombe Gallery exhibition, “Engaged: Campus and community scholars working together for the public good.” The Gallery Lecture Series features interdisciplinary lectures and creative works from scholars and researchers across campus. 

This lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit the Gallery Lecture Series webpage.

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