The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut, presents “Playing in the Dirt: Exploring Backyard Microbiology” on June 4.
Kenneth Noll and his team of researchers in the department of molecular and cell biology will lead the program on Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.
Springtime offers an explosion of new life as the sun warms the soil and buds become blooms.
Many embrace the season by turning over the soil, adding compost and planting vegetables and flowers. Spring is also a time of blooming for the unseen microbial world in the soil, the compost and even in and on the plants.
Join a team of microbiology researchers from UConn in this exploration of microbial life found in everyone’s backyard.
Bring in soil samples and collect samples from around campus with the team.
Then, laboratory protocols will be used to determine the types of microbes lurking in the samples.
Noll and the other researchers will discuss what the presence of these microbes means to the health of the soil as well as the health of those exposed to it.
The program fee is $30, $25 for museum members. Advance registration is required. This program is for adults and children ages 10 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For registration information visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call (860) 486-4460.
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