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K-State Today

March 19, 2019

Science on Tap presents 'Breaking it down – The role of the soil microbiome in the global carbon cycle'

Submitted by Michi Tobler

Science on Tap is held in a relaxed setting and features a brief, informal presentation by a K-State scientist followed by lively conversation. The goal is to build the community's enthusiasm for science in a fun and unique way.

Science on Tap features a short introduction to the scientists' research and time to engage with fellow attendees around the research presented. The event wraps up with a conversational Q&A period. The free, interactive program begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Tallgrass Tap House, 320 Poyntz Ave. Be sure to let the Tap House staff know you are there for Science on Tap.

March's Science on Tap features Kent Connell, doctoral candidate in the Division of Biology. Connell researches the ecosystem impacts of exotic plant invasion and woody encroachment into grasslands at the Konza Prairie Long Term Ecological Research site. His work focuses on how carbon dioxide production in soils is affected by the interactions between plant roots and the wide diversity of microorganisms that call soil home.

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