Research Soil Scientist, Terra Nimbus

Pelham, GA

A specialist in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), Dr. Taheri earned a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a minor in plant science, from Indiana University. She studied under Jim Bever, one of the top scientists in the field of AMF ecology. Her graduate research demonstrated that selection for the right AMF communities could increase plant biomass as much as 69%. This earned her first research paper a press release. 

Realizing the tremendous benefits these organisms could bring to agriculture, she went to work for the USDA. Her research focused on developing molecular tools that would allow routine assessments of AMF in agricultural soils. She also examined manipulating cover crops to select the best microbial community for the subsequent cash crop. After completing two consecutive terms with the USDA she founded the research company TerraNimbus, which is working to develop more effective solutions to the challenges faced by modern farmers.

Dr. Taheri’s work has been featured in John Deere’s Furrow, The Farm Journal, Acres USA, Prairie Hearth, Corn & Soybean Digest, and other publications. 

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are plant symbionts that affect every aspect of plant physiology. Dr. Taheri explains the basics of mycorrhizal fungi, their importance in cropping systems and how they are affected by your management decisions.