As a research scientist, I was puzzled by the emphasis placed on biotechnologies that reduce biodiversity and increase social disparity. What I was learning about microbial interactions with ecosystems was revealing greater promise in more appropriate technologies that promote biodiversity, improve human and environmental health, and create opportunities for people from all walks of life to prosper. When I saw that the barriers to more "probiotic" practices were engrained in the way our research institutions are funded, I decided to forge an alternate path to demonstrating microbial power.
This project takes place in a high impact area where diverse cultures intersect, and where land regeneration influences multiple watersheds. Success will several major cities in arid regions of the Southwestern US.