Cooperative Microbes #425

June 09, 2017

This week, we're looking at some of the ways bacteria cooperate with other organisms to break down plants. First we speak with Dr. Lisa Karr, Associate Professor of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and get into the details of how rabbits and cows ferment their food. And Mark Stumpf-Allen, Compost Programs Coordinator for the City of Edmonton, has some practical tips to help you keep your compost pile and soil alive and happy.

Guests:

  • Lisa Karr
  • Mark Stumpf-Allen

Guest Bios

Lisa Karr

Lisa Karr is an Associate Professor of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her expertise area is companion animal nutrition. An award-winning teacher and advisor, she has authored 30 peer-reviewed research publications, two book chapters, and 75 extension publications. Lisa is the instructor for undergraduate courses in companion animal biology, behaviour and nutrition. She also coordinates companion animal outreach programs for youth in Nebraska providing educational clinics, webinars and curriculum to youth interested in dogs, cats, rabbits and other companion animals.

Mark Stumpf-Allen

As Compost Programs Coordinator for the City of Edmonton, Mark encourages and supports residents who want to reuse and recycle organic waste at home. His job is to get Edmontonians thinking about organic waste as a valuable resource and not just something to throw away. Mark reaches people through workshops, presentations, social media, and an education centre called "Compost 'S cool".

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