Colloquium of the Platform Biodiversity: The hidden importance of soil biodiversity in plant and animal health: making the invisible visible

Beneath our feet is a truly fascinating world: soil, the factory of life. More than a quarter of all living species live in the soil. Soil biodiversity, particularly that of microorganisms, plays a role of primary importance in the health of plants, animals and humans. In recent years, several techniques based on the use of environmental DNA have been proposed to study the diverse species living in soils, including bacteria, fungi, and metazoans. This environmental DNA-based approach can reasonably untangle some of the possible interactions that occur between this subsurface diversity and that of plants and animals.

Luigimaria Borruso is a researcher at the Free University of Bolzano and studies the biodiversity of natural and agricultural soils with techniques based on environmental DNA.

The Colloquium takes place on May 11th 2022, at the Museum for Natural Science (via Bottai 1, Bolzano). Due to current Covid measures, only 34 people can attend in person. We therefore ask for registration. Admission is free. Info: Tel. 0471 412964

The presentation will be held in Italian language and can be followed also online on YouTube: