The Science of Modern Agriculture: Ag Microbials

This web seminar took place on April 24, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Valerie Bayes, STEM Engagement Lead, Todd Ciche, Microbiologist, and Brian Vaughan, Enabling Technology Lead. Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

Program Abstract

Microbes are microorganisms so tiny that millions can fit into the eye of a needle. They occur naturally in the environment and are found almost everywhere. Countless microorganisms live in the soil and in close relation to plants, making up the plants’ microbiome. Many of these microbes have distinctive properties that can help control fungi, bacteria, nematodes, insects and weeds. They can also stimulate plant growth and yield by improving access to nutrients.

Ag Biologicals are one of Monsanto’s five research and development platforms that provide farmers with tools to grow their crops in a way that uses fewer resources – like land, water and energy.

This seminar is part five of a five part series of web seminars providing teachers a deeper dive into the sophistication of modern agriculture. From drones to genetic engineering, modern agricultural advancements have enabled farmers to produce food, fuel and fiber while using land and other resources more efficiently. Given pest pressure, climate change, and other challenges – how can leveraging STEM innovations mitigate these challenges? Many Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and other three-dimensional science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education will be highlighted in this series including: Climate and Weather, Heredity of Traits, and the Engineering Design Process.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I love the connection to the current topic of ‘food scarcity’ in my classroom. I will definitely look into how to adapt some of the information to upper elementary/middle school aged students. Love the presentation format."
  • "The tools for participation were great. The presenters were knowledgeable. I will be looking into the lesson ideas shared and the documentary."
  • "This was all pretty interesting to me. Not only am I a science teacher, but my husband and I have a farm as well. We are getting ready to plant our crops for the summer and with the information in today’s seminar, I find myself wanting to go back and look at the other seminars offered by the Monsanto presenters."

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