A wonderful, heart-warming post from a new friend from the first Food Forest Convergence. Thanks so much, Natalie!
The charming and witty Paul Wartman presented on his research at the University of Guelph for his Masters. I loved that there was a presentation with annotations and the goal of publishing the results in an academic and peer reviewed journal. This my friends is the kind of plant nerd that makes my heart sing.
What could have been a dry presentation on the quantitative analysis of soil bacteria and fungal communities was instead an animated journey through the research design of testing the impact of polycultures on apple trees. Paul shared anecdotally some of the responses from professors and peers and how that it is a challenge to not be too biased even within a rigorously designed experiment.
I also got a great laugh as he made the nutrient exchange between trees, fungi and bacteria sound more like a dating game than biology. “Hey little fungi, want some of…
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