Handelsman lab Postdoc Amanda Hurley addressed student-sourcing antimicrobial discovery through Tiny Earth to promote plant health at the 14th Annual JGI Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting on April 4, 2019. Hurley’s presentation emphasized the Tiny Earth’s network, chemistry hub, and collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute.
On February 16, WID Director Jo Handelsman kicked off the spring Crossroads of Ideas lecture series with a talk about long-term challenges to soil, a complex system upon which much of life on Earth depends. Iowa topsoil, for example – believed to be the deepest and most fertile in the world – is eroding at more than twice the rate that it is being replenished. About one third of all soils on Earth are in a degraded state, and replacing even a centimeter of soil can take up to 1,000 years.