What lies beneath
Shedding light into the mysterious world of soil, this presentation will look at how to manipulate and use the biology in your soil to your advantage. Given the key role that soil plays in plant growth and the importance of healthy turf to a good game of golf or football, it makes sense that we should understand more about our soils and how to get the best out of them. The presentation will discuss the relationships between plants, soil, microorganisms and management practices. We look at recent research in soil biology and provide suggestions on how to
include biological solutions in your management practices.
- Identify key organisms in soil biology
- Identify impact of different management practices on soil biology
- Determine suitable biological solutions
Dr Deidre Charlston
Research and Technical manager
Deidre is passionate about investigating sustainable techniques to manage pests and diseases, her role at Symbio takes her back to her roots and provides an opportunity to view things from a different perspective, under the ground! Deidre completed a PhD in insect-plant interactions at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She spent the first 11 years of her career working in Africa, and the past 14 years working in the UK in R&D and education.
Deidre has experience working in soil biology, entomology, plant pathology and the management of research trials. Her career path has included researching biological control techniques in Africa, managing field trials at Microspore and Arysta Life Science. At the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, she was responsible for managing the research station in the UK and running an extensive field trials program. Working with Symbio has allowed her to enter the fascinating world of soil biology and investigate opportunities to provide sustainable solutions to the issues that turf managers face.