CALS Researchers Share Microbiome Expertise at World Economic Forum

In January, faculty members from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences shared their microbial science expertise with influential thought leaders at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The annual forum connects international academic, business, and political leaders on issues of global importance.  

Daniel Buckley and Angela Douglas discussed their research at an IdeasLab session focused on microbiome science. Ilana Brito of the College of Engineering also took part in the session. The five-minute presentations were recorded and made available online by the WEF.

Buckley, professor in the Soil and Crop Sciences Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, conducts research mapping the genetic diversity of soil microbes. His talk focused on how increased understanding of soil organisms may provide insights into human health, agriculture, and climate change.

Douglas, professor in the Department of Entomology, discussed how exploiting animal microbe symbioses could lead to microbial therapies that safeguard the environment and improve human health.