Soil Microbiologist Discusses Work

Ernie NeffHLB Management, Research

HLB, microbiology
soil microbiologist

Sarah Strauss

Sarah Strauss became a University of Florida soil microbiologist at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center at Immokalee in late May 2016. She discusses the ways she hopes to help citrus growers.

“There’s a lot of exciting things in soil microbiology,” Strauss says. “There’s a lot of new technology that we didn’t have just five years ago. And so a lot of what I’m doing is looking at and determining who the microbial communities are in citrus groves. And then once we know who’s there, we can start to try and manipulate them” to improve grove results and productivity.

Though much of her work is not directly related to HLB bacteria, she says research could lead to improved nutrient uptake and root growth, which leads to better productivity.

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Ernie Neff

Ernie Neff

Senior Correspondent at Large