Creating Climate Resilient Organic Systems by Enhancing Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Associations

Dr. Erin M. Silva, University of Wisconsin

Symbiotic microbes such as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) increase plants’ access to vital nutrients and water. Dr. Silva will be studying cultivar-AMF interaction on working organic farms, evaluating the contribution to carrot growth as well as the contribution of potential cultivar-symbiont selectivity on AMF populations in a variety of soil types across organic farms in Wisconsin.

Impact: Increased access to water and nutrients.