The Roll of Soil Biology in Healthy Ecosystems by Brian Vagg: Discover the beneficial microorganisms residing in soil and their pivotal roles within healthy ecosystems. Our discussion will encompass the soil food web, elucidating the intricate relationships among plants, fungi, bacteria, protozoa, and other soil-dwelling organisms. Exploring the biological mechanisms within soil, we’ll delve into nutrient cycling, pest and disease suppression, and enhancements to plant growth and vigor. Additionally, we’ll cover methodologies for assessing microbial populations in soil and the requisite tools for ecosystem restoration. Concluding the presentation, a live demonstration employing a microscope will unveil the vibrant life thriving within soil.
About the Speaker
Meet Brian Vagg, a soil food web consultant committed to transforming conventional agriculture. Specializing in the transition from agrochemical farming to a biology-focused approach, Brian helps clients achieve sustainability, resilience to climate changes, efficiency, and profitability.
Brian’s expertise lies in harnessing the soil food web, fostering relationships between microorganisms, plants, and the environment. By cultivating biodiverse and thriving soil, he enables farmers to reduce reliance on agrochemicals, creating more eco-friendly farming systems.
Beyond improving yields, Brian envisions agriculture harmonizing with nature, adapting to climate changes, and promoting ecological balance. His consulting work not only enhances productivity and profitability but also contributes to surrounding ecosystems.