Join Roser Matamala to learn about soil and how Fermilab is helping scientists to learn more about prairie soils
With energy from the sun, plants convert carbon dioxide and water into plant mass. Fallen leaves and dying roots in the ground are decomposed by small animals, insects, worms, fungi, and bacteria. The activity of these organisms forms soil organic matter, which provides nutrients and it can be very stable, up to thousands of years. Prairie plants are great at producing soil organic matter. Roser Matamala will explain how prairie restoration has affected soil at Fermilab and show results from several ecological projects currently looking at new ways of using soils for genetics and carbon sequestration purposes.