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Glimpse into the oldest form of life on Earth highlights next Profiles and Perspectives community presentation

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 11:44:49 CDT

Glimpse into the oldest form of life on Earth highlights next Profiles and Perspectives community presentation


People and plants depend on microbes for good health. David Montgomery, Ph.D., and Anne Biklé have uncovered similarities between the microorganisms within plant roots and the human body that could transform how we grow food and counter chronic diseases.

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, Montgomery and Biklé will present information from their book "The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health" as the second installment of the Noble Foundation’s 2016 Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series. Sponsored by the Noble Foundation, each Profiles and Perspectives event is free of charge and open to the public. All programs begin at 7 p.m. and are held at the Ardmore Convention Center.

Through the twists and turns of history, science and personal experience, Montgomery and Biklé unfold the story of humanity’s tangled relationship with the microbial world. They will share from a laymen’s perspective how microbes are transforming the way we see nature and ourselves and could revolutionize agriculture and medicine. "We need to safeguard and cultivate the microbial allies beneath our feet and in our bodies," Montgomery said.

Montgomery is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008. Montgomery is the author of three award-winning popular-science books and has been featured in documentary films, networks and cable news, and other media. When not writing or doing geology, he plays guitar in the band Big Dirt.

Biklé has more than two decades of professional experience in field biology, watershed restoration, environmental planning and public health. She uses her broad background and endless fascination with the natural world to examine connections between people and their environments.

"Montgomery and Biklé have a unique ability to present a complex topic in a way that people of all backgrounds can relate to," said Mary Kate Wilson, Noble Foundation director of philanthropy, engagement and project management, and chair of the Profiles and Perspectives committee. "Gardening enthusiasts, agricultural producers and anyone interested in healthy foods will learn from their knowledge of what is going on just a few inches below our feet."

The 2016 Profiles and Perspectives season will conclude on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, with "George Washington" (as portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg historical interpreter Ron Carnegie). His campaign It Starts Here will focus on the importance of being involved in the election of our nation’s leaders.

For more information regarding Profiles and Perspectives, please contact Mary Kate Wilson at 580-224-6246 or visit www.noble.org/profiles.


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