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Soil Health Innovations Workshop

Laurier Office of Research Services

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Soil Health Innovations Workshop

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In this workshop, farmers, industries, scientists and scientific funding agencies will discuss new technologies and applications towards maximizing soil health, crop and horticulture production.

Today, we know that soil fertility is not just a function of mineral nutrients but the net result of the relationships occurring among plants, organic matter, inorganic nutrients and soil biota. However, we have a poor understanding of how farming and horticultural practices, specifically in terms of soil amendments and inocula, affect the soil food web. This knowledge is key if we want to take full advantage of the soil biota to maximize soil health and minimize nutrient losses.  Soil water-holding capacity, soil aeration, and soil aggregation are all important facets of the problem and need to be taken into account when applying amendments and inocula. 

Attendees will be able to hear from researchers and companies involved in soil amendments and explore avenues for good agricultural practices. 



Registration will begin at 8:30am.

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Confirmed Speakers:

    • Shimaila Ali, A&L Biologicals: Balancing soil chemistry and microbiology for optimal plant productivity.

    • Pedro M. Antunes, Algoma University: Are soil microbial inoculants other than rhizobia safe and efficacious?

    • Sean Chiki, Inococur: Bugs in Jugs: The thrill and challenge of developing microbial tools for growers.

    • Kari Dunfield, University of Guelph: Studying the soil microbiome

    • Tarryn Goble , BioForest Technologies Inc.: Bacillus amyloliquefaciens: using microbes to improve plant nutrition.

    • Robert Gordon, Wilfrid Laurier University: Agricultural System: How do we define “healthy”?

    • James Jones, Wilfrid Laurier University: How geological amendments can influence soil health?

    • Bob Kerr, Kerr Farms Ltd.: How agriculture can save the world, and why it needs to.

    • Alison King, University of Guelph: Assessing the ability of diversified crop rotations to improve provisioning of soil ecosystem services.

    • Ali Navabi, University of Guelph: Improving Nutrient Use Efficiency in Agriculture: A plant breeders’ perspective.

    • Malinda Thilakarathna, University of Guelph: Low cost measurement of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes using single leaf punches.

    • Liette Vasseur, Brock University: Cover crop and agromineral amendments: for the health of crops.


Dr. Frédérique Guinel, Professor, Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Pedro M. Antunes, Associate Professor, Biology, Algoma University


Please contact Oleg Stukalov if you would like to exhibit your product at this event.









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Senate Chambers, Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Ave
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

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Laurier Office of Research Services

The Office of Research Services supports the growth and expansion of research and scholarly activity at Laurier. Our goal is to assist researchers in obtaining the resources necessary for pursuing their research activities, including knowledge mobilization. The office provides assistance to faculty at all stages of applying for and administering research funding. 

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