Soil Chemistry and Microbiome Transplant for Wild Rice Restoration

2020-2022 Biennial Request for Proposal Project

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The goal of this project is to determine whether wild rice restoration is hindered by a scarcity in microbial populations needed to free nutrients from sediment and make them available to wild rice.

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Why do this

Wild rice is an important economic and cultural resource in the Great Lakes region whose abundance has declined in many locations. Soil-plant-microbe interactions should be considered as a part of holistic management strategies for successful wild rice restoration.


Minnesota Sea Grant provided research support through our 2020-2022 biennial competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Lead scientist(s)

Nathan Johnson
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Minnesota Duluth


  • 1854 Treaty Authority, Tribal Government
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Tribal Government