SOIL 2601: The Social Life of Soil

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Quizzes: (35%); Individual project (15%); Discussion forum (20%); Group projects (30%)


The bacteria, fungi, and microscopic animals that live in soil break down waste, cycle nutrients, and maintain fertile, well-structured soil that can support plant – and thus human – life. The course will introduce basic soil biology concepts, including soil organisms and the roles they play, before focusing on interactions between plant root systems and soil microorganisms. Finally we will discuss various management practices that build and sustain a rich soil ecosystem. The course is a large enrollment, interactive online class designed to appeal to students from a variety of majors. 

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