Conservation Training

The Role of Native Plants, Locally Collected Inoculum, and Biochar in the Restoration of Contaminated Mine Soil

September 21, 2022

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Online

The use of soil amendments for restoration of severely degraded soils is promising; however, each landscape has its own unique barriers, and restoration efforts may require more than one amendment to achieve restoration goals. This webinar will focus on the results of an innovative greenhouse study, in which we used locally collected rhizosphere soil and biochar as co-amendments in contaminated mine soil and examined the effects on native plant growth. Although we did not observe a significant plant growth response, we did see significant mycorrhizal colonization. This suggests that inoculated seedlings could serve as a host for the reintroduction of local mycorrhizal fungi, and therefore the establishment of other native plants dependent on mycorrhizal colonization.