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Health Soils for Healthy People | Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series

Nov 9, 2021 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST


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Andrea Stithe

Research has suggested that healthy soils can benefit human health, via transfer of beneficial microbes from the soil to the skin. What are the characteristics of healthy soils, and do these characteristics align with the soils tended by Oregon gardeners? This talk will provide an overview of what is known as the 'hygiene hypothesis', and how this relates to healthy garden soils. We will present data gathered from the soils of Oregon gardeners, as well as share initial results on a study looking at how garden soils might (or might not) influence the skin microbiome of Oregon gardeners.

About the presenter

Gail Langellotto, Ph.D. is a Professor of Horticulture and the statewide coordinator of Oregon's Extension Master Gardener program. Together with her lab group, the Garden Ecology Lab, she studies the plants, insects, animals, people, decisions, and management practices that either improve or degrade a garden's ability to promote environmental and human health.

About Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series

This monthly zoom series offers education for the experienced gardener and is led by OSU horticulture experts from across the state. Take your gardening knowledge to the next level with timely topics from gardening in a changing climate to techniques to extend your season. The webinars will be broadcast via Zoom, the second Tuesday of the month, at 3pm, January through November, 2021. A listing of all classes in this series and recordings of the webinars are available on our website. This series is open to the public, and OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers receive 1 Continuing Education Credit for each class. You can take one, or take all. This webinar is being recorded and will be available to view on our website within one week of airdate.

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