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Learn about “Ecosystem Health in the Age of Antibiotics” from Dr. Jane Lucas on Monday, October 14 at 6 p.m. at The Center at Colfax Library, 102 S. Main Street.
The discovery of antibiotic compounds is one of the most prolific scientific advances in history. Yet, our growing use of antibiotics is leading to unprecedented introductions of these compounds into our environment, the effects of which are under studied. At The University of Idaho, Dr. Lucas explores how naturally occurring and anthropogenically introduced antibiotics shape our soil ecosystems and the functions they perform and how they influence antibiotic resistance in the environment.
Dr. Lucas is a post-doctoral associate at The University of Idaho researching the factors that influence the invertebrate and microbial communities within the leaf litter and soil in agricultural and tropical ecosystems. Her team collaborates with a variety of individuals, including professors, scientists and farmers, to help create sustainable practices that maintain our soil and public health.
This presentation is a part of the “Science on the Palouse” series set for the 2nd Monday of each month with regional experts exploring new topics and issues. Sponsored by Whitman Conservation District, these presentations are geared toward adults but youth 10+ are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Colfax Library at 509-397-4366 or Brian Bell at Whitman Conservation District at 509-288-4644 or email@example.com.