Training Course: How to Culture, Use, Identify, and Estimate Colonization

Soil and Water Science
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Gainesville FL 32611
© Soil Microbiology, 2169 McCarty Hall A, PO Box 110290, Gainesville, FL  32611- 0290, USA   Telephone:  352 392 5790, Fax:  352 392 3902

This three-day training course is designed for scientists, organic farmers, and others interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of using mycorrhizal fungi to enhance plant growth and nutrient cycling.

Typical fields of interest include studies in plant biology and ecology, soil and plant interactions in agriculture and horticulture, ecosystem carbon flux, and symbiosis research.

Practical laboratory sessions will be supported by lectures and discussions. Technical manuals containing all experimental protocols will be provided to participants.

The course provides 21 hours of training and instruction, and a Certificate of Completion will be provided upon conclusion. Enrollment is limited, so register early is adviced



Abid Al Agely, Ph.D.
in mycology
with special interest in phytoremediation

Andy Ogram, Professor
in Soil Microbiology
with special interest in biogeochemical cycling










  • Agricultural engineers
  • Agricultural Scientists
  • Biologists
  • Consultants
  • Ecologists
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Farmers
  • Foresters
  • Horticulturists
  • Land Use Planners
  • Landscapers
  • Microbiologists
  • Organic Farmers
  • Plant Scientists
  • Soil Scientists
  • Water Scientists
  • Others Seeking Rigorous Training 
    in mycorrhizal association
Attendance could be:
  • Examine the mycorrhizal status of plants
  • Evaluate the mycorrhizal status of soils
  • Estimate root length percent colonization
  • Estimate the mycorrhizal inoculum potential of plant
  • Estimate the mycorrhizal inoculum potential of soils
  • Certify the quality and quantity of mycorrhizal inoculum
  • Identify and describe mycorrhizal fungi
  • Culture and multiply mycorrhizal inoculum
  • Mass production of mycorrhizal inoculum
  • Use mycorrhizal fungi as biofertilizers
  • Use mycorrhizal inoculum to improve plant growth and development
  • Use mycorrhizal association to improve soil quality
  • Use mycorrhizal fungi in cleaning contaminated soils
  • Advance your overall training and expertise to be environmental consulter, soil microbiology tester, mycorrhizal estimator, or mycorrhizal inoculum supplier
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Daily Agenda

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1.   Field Trip and sample collection
2.   Lecture:

  • Importance of mycorrhizal fungi to plant growth, plant health, and soil structure and fertility
  • Examples of mycorrhizal impacts on both plants and soil
  • Overview why mycorrhizal association is beneficial
  • Contrast mycorrhizae in different ecosystes
  • When mycorrhizae are not beneficial
  • When mycorrhizae can be used

3.    Discussion and Questions  

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