Inbound Scholar Exchange on the Soil Biology and Health
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 09.00 – 11.00 WIB, the Master of Soil Science Study Program, Faculty of Agriculture, Sebelas Maret University held an Inbound Scholar Exchange on the Soil Biology and Health with the theme “Microbial biofilm engineering: A next-generation biotechnological application”. The resource persons at this event are Prof. Gamini Seneviratne from the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS), Sri Lanka. The event was attended by lecturers and students of the Master of Soil Science Program. The event was opened by Dr. Ir. Widyatmani Sih Dewi, M.P. as the head of the Master of Soil Science Study Program, Faculty of Agriculture, Sebelas Maret University, as well as acting as a moderator who guides the event.
Prof. Gamini Seneviratne explained microbial biofilms that have long been developed by scientists to be useful for application in human life. In 2003, the first environmentally friendly microbial biofilm engineering was introduced. Prof. Gamini Seneviratne stated that one example of a microbial biofilm is a bacterial fungal biofilm that functions as a biofertilizer. This biofertilizer is very useful in agricultural activities. Biofertilizers can reduce the use of chemical fertilizers (NPK) and agricultural chemicals on land and increase crop yields. In the end, it was concluded that the use of microbial biofilms can significantly contribute to the improvement of human health, agriculture, industry, and the environment.
The topics presented at the event were very interesting and useful for the participants. The participants were very enthusiastic about participating in the event. This event is expected to increase participants’ knowledge about the use of biotechnology in improving the quality of human life and the environment.