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Published on Feb 26, 2014
In our germophobic society today, the role of soil microorganisms is often grossly misunderstood -- to many of us, the only good bug is a dead bug. We join Dr. Kris Nichols in Mandan, North Dakota to talk about why we need change our thinking.
Dr. Kristine Nichols is a soil microbiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Nichols has long been dedicated to studying arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and its intricate relationship with plants and soil ecology, receiving a Master's in Environmental Microbiology at West Virginia University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Maryland in 2003. Growing up on a corn-soybean farm in Minnesota, she has long been at home in the agricultural world and continues to be closely involved in research and outreach to study impacts of soil management and conservation.