Soil Microbiology:

Applications and Analyses
of Mycorrhizal Associations

Course Dates:
July 6-8, 2015 or July 13-15, 2015*
*Both dates have filled

McCarty Hall B; Room 3108  |  University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Course Overview Course Instructors

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Who Should Attend? Registration Information Area Information
14 Ways to Benefit Training Site

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2015 Soil Microbiology Class


This training course is designed for scientists, organic farmers, and others interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of using mycorrhizal fungi to enhance plant growth and nutrient cycling.

Typical fields of interest include studies in plant biology and ecology, soil and plant interactions in agriculture and horticulture, ecosystem carbon flux, and symbiosis research.

Practical laboratory sessions will be supported by lectures and discussions. Technical manuals containing all experimental protocols will be provided to participants.

The course provides 21 hours of training and instruction, and a Certificate of Completion will be provided upon conclusion. Enrollment is limited, so register early to secure a seat in the course.

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Who Should Attend?
  • Biologists

  • Microbiologists

  • Ecologists

  • Agricultural Scientists

  • Agricultural engineers

  • Farmers

  • Organic Farmers

  • Foresters

  • Plant Scientists

  • Soil Scientists

  • Horticulturists

  • Landscapers

  • Land Use Planners

  • Environmental Scientists

  • Consultants

  • Environmental Consultants

  • Environmental Engineers

  • Water Scientists

  • Others Seeking Rigorous Training
    in mycorrhizal association

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14 Ways to Benefit

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Examine the mycorrhizal status of plants.

  2. Evaluate the mycorrhizal status of soils

  3. Estimate root length percent colonization

  4. Estimate the mycorrhizal inoculum potential of plant

  5. Estimate the mycorrhizal inoculum potential of soils

  6. Certify the quality and quantity of mycorrhizal inoculum

  7. Identify and describe mycorrhizal fungi

  8. Culture and multiply mycorrhizal inoculum

  9. Mass production of mycorrhizal inoculum

  10. Use mycorrhizal fungi as biofertilizers

  11. Use mycorrhizal inoculum to improve plant growth and development

  12. Use mycorrhizal association to improve soil quality

  13. Use mycorrhizal fungi in cleaning contaminated soils

  14. Advance your overall training and expertise to be environmental consulter, soil microbiology tester, mycorrhizal estimator, or mycorrhizal inoculum supplier

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Daily Agenda

Monday: July 6, 2015 or July 13, 2015

09:00-10:00 Welcome and Course Overview

Laboratory : Overview
  1. Sampling Techniques
  2. Collect Field Samples

12:00-13:00 Lunch on own
13:00-17:00 Lecture - Importance of mycorrhizal fungi to agronomy and forestry:
  1. General examples from each system
  2. General overview of why they are beneficial
        - Northern vs Temperate vs Tropical Latitudes
        - When are they NOT beneficial
        - When are they used

 Tuesday: July 7, 2015 or July 14, 2015


Lecture - Physiology and Ecology of Mycorrhizal Fungi
  1. Overview Physiology of AM fungi
  2. Specificity (and lack thereof) in mycorrhizal relations
  3. The colonization process
  4. Extracellular enzymes and the release of nutrients
  5. The roles of helper bacteria and the mycorrhizosphere

12:00-13:00 Lunch on own

Laboratory – Practical Applications:
Development of inocula
        - Production
Variety of carrier materials
  2. Industry standards for inocula
  3. Characterization and evaluation of inocula

Spore Estimation
Estimate Root Colonization
        - Mycorrhizal Inoculum Potential (MIP) Test

 Wednesday: July 8, 2015 or July 15, 2015


Lecture - Diversity of fungi
  1. Why should we care about the diversity
  2. Taxonomic and Physiological relationships

12:00-13:00 Lunch on own

Laboratory – Practical Techniques:
  1. Microscope Observation
  2. Morphological Identification
  3. Pot Culture Initiation

16:00-17:00 Discussion and Questions

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Course Instructors

Andy Ogram, PhD. microbiologist and microbial ecologist with an interest in biogeochemical cycling.
PHONE: 352-294-3138

Abid Al Agely, PhD. mycologist and microbial ecologist with special interest in phytoremediation.
PHONE: 352-294-3144

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Registration Information

Enrollment in this course is limited to the first 15 participants for either course, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

All figures are presented in US dollars ($).
Early Reduced Registration (on or before June 1, 2015) $500
Regular Registration (after June 1, 2015) $600

What Does the Fee Include?  The registration fee includes one copy of the course manual and daily refreshments. Participants are on their own for all meals.

UPDATE: The maximum number of registrations for both course dates has been reached. Please email Kimberly Brand, to be added to the waiting list.  

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences on or before June 14, 2015. A $100.00 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after June 14, 2015.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting Abid Al Agely in the Soil and Water Science Department at least 10 working days prior to the conference. He can be reached by phone at 1-352-294-3144, by fax at 1-352-392-3399, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), within the state of Florida.

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Training Site

This course will be held at the University of Florida’s Campus, McCarty Hall B, Room 3108. A Field trip will be conducted to collect samples for the training course from the Gainesville area. Water and refreshments will be provided.

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Hotel Accommodations

Several hotel and motel establishments are available in the Gainesville area to provide guest room accommodations throughout the course. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel guest room reservations, and a list of properties and applicable guest room rates will be sent to you upon request.

Gainesville Area
Lodging Options
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Area Information

Parking & Directions

MAPQUEST Address: 686 Museum Road, Gainesville, FL

NOTE: There is a campus-wide speed limit of 20 miles per hour. 

We recommend parking in the UF Welcome Center & Parking Garage located on Museum Road. There is a daily fee of $5.00 to park in this garage. Visitors should park on the lower level of the Reitz Union parking garage and then follow payment instructions posted on signs at each space. These signs direct customers to one of four pay stations where electronic space meters accept payment in bills, coins or Visa and MasterCard. An attendant will be available to answer questions or assist you at the pay stations. If you are staying at the Reitz Union Hotel, you will receive parking privileges in the garage for one vehicle per room.

Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Short-term and daily fees apply during this time. The garage may be used during non-operating hours for short-term parking, free of charge.

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For Further Information  
Training Information:
Dr. Abid Al Agely – Organizer
University of Florida/IFAS
Soil and Water Science Department
PO Box 110290
Gainesville, FL 32611-0290
PHONE: (352) 294-3144
FAX: (352) 392-3399
Registration Information:
Kim Brand, Registrar
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
2311 Mowry Road, Bldg. 78
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
PHONE: (352) 392-5930
FAX: (352) 392-9734

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