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SASNET lunch seminar on common human dependence on living soil
October 17, 2013 - 12:30-13:30
Professor Håkan Wallander from the Division of Microbial Ecology, Department of Biology, Lund University, holds the second SASNET/ABF Thursday lunch seminar talk for the fall semester 2013 on Thursday 17 October 2013. The presentation is entitled ”Soil – the basis of our existence. Examples from Nepal, America and Amazonas”. With examples from three different places on earth, two in America and one in Asia (Nepal), Håkan Wallander demonstrates how dependent we are on a living soil, and give us a glimpse of the immense diversity we are stepping on every day. See the poster.
Prof. Wallander is a professor in soil biology and environmental sciences. He works mainly with ectomycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with trees. They produce several hundreds of kilogram of mycelia per hectare every year in most forest ecosystems. This is important for nutrient uptake of the trees, but also for carbon sequestration and N retention in the soil. His main research interest is to understand how this flux of carbon belowground is regulated, and how important the composition of the ectomycorrhizal community is for carbon sequestration and nutrient uptake. Part of his research has been carried out in Nepal, in areas where the soil is prone to erosion and salinization.
The lunch seminar presentation is based on his recent book ”Jord – Funderingar kring grunden för vår tillvaro” (Soil – Reflections on the Basis of our Existence), published by Atlantis, 2013. This book has been widely praised and at the 2013 Göteborg Book Fair, it was given the award ”Årets Trädgårdsbok 2013” by Gartnersällskapet. In the motivation, it is said that Prof. Wallander in a personal way presents global and local aspects of soil and cultivation in an ambitious holistic manner.
SASNET’s Thursday lunch (brownbag) seminar series, aimed at presenting and disseminating the eminent South Asia related research carried out at Lund University, was launched in 2011. Since last year the seminar series is organised in collaboration with Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (ABF) Lund, and Lunds Konsthall. The seminars, open for all interested, are held once a month on Thursdays at 12.30 inside the public art gallery (Lunds konsthall) in central Lund.
Venue: Lunds Konsthall, Mårtenstorget 3, Lund.