Learn how to operate the microscope to obtain the best resolution of life in the soil in order to identify the creatures being assessed. Identification of each group of organisms, including beneficial and pathogen morphology, will be covered. Each student should have their own microscope. Look under the information tab – supplies page for recommended microscopes. A microscope template to convert the concentration of organisms into biomass will be included in the class. Microscopes should have cameras to take pictures to share what is being seen. Use of smart phones to take pictures pictures will also be shown. We show you how to analyze compost, soil, compost extracts and teas to learn what constitutes good compost and compost tea on a microscopic level. This is essential for anyone who wishes to gain “eyes on” knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under our feet. Get the necessary training to identify the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well being of our plants. We will cover the processes that will maximize biological diversity to get the most bang for your buck and are the most efficient methods for bringing back microbe diversity. This allows you to eliminate inorganic fertilizers and herbicides which decrease diversity and degrade soil health. You will learn how to identify microbes with a microscope and count them using a spreadsheet.
8 Recorded Video Webinars
10 Audio Recordings
140 Pages of Video Transcripts
163 Video Slides
10 Quizzes & Feedback
These Special sessions will train people to use simple, but effective, shadowing light microscope methods to identify soil biology. Learn what constitutes good compost and compost tea based on microscope assessment. These sessions are essential for anyone who wishes to gain “eyes on” knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under our feet. Get the necessary training to identify bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well-being of our plants. Students are required to have their own microscopes to follow along with the videos.
- “Eyes on” Knowledge
- Shadowing Light Microscope Techniques
- Identification of Bacteria, Fungi, Protozoa, Nematodes, etc.
- See the Soil Universe Unfold Before Your Eyes
Learn how to operate a simple light microscope to obtain the best resolution of life in the soil. Learn to identify the creatures in the soil, and differentiate beneficial from detrimental organisms.
You will be able to access past released video sessions for up to one year from the date the class begins. You will be able to view the approximately 45 minute video sessions at your convenience. There are no set times for the sessions. You can watch and rewatch the videos and webinars as many times as you want to throughout the year, but they may not be downloaded. But you are welcome to download and keep the other materials – video text, video slides, quizzes and feedback and audio recordings.
There will be transcripts and slides for each video that you can download and view as you are taking your quizzes. In addition, the webinars will be available to you during this year.
There will be Certificates of Completion issued at the end of the class for all who receive an average score of 70% or higher across all the quizzes.