Walter Jehne: ODPG Conference Spotlight

Walter Jehne | Soil Microbiologist & Innovation Strategist | ‘Regenerate Earth’

Our main speaker at the ODPG 2020 Conference at Lincoln University in March will be explaining the soil/ carbon sponge. How Organic and Regenerative principles restore soil function, restore the filtering of nutrients, restore soil carbon and restore water storage; all of which mitigate and reverse Climate Change.

Walter Jehne is an internationally recognized soil microbiologist and innovation strategist. He has immense field and research experience in soils, grasslands, agriculture and forests at local, national (CSIRO and Science Adviser to Australia’s National Soil Advocate), international (UN) level.

Walter has a remarkable ability to explain complex science and economic paths forward in easy to understand ways. This comes in part because he has also worked extensively beyond science. at Federal Government level, leading transformation in industry and policy. It is this rounded out diversity of experience that has given Walter a unique and exceptional capacity to devise solutions – turning challenges into opportunities.

His specialisation is the role of soil microbes’ symbiotic processes in the ecology of diseases, plant health, nutrient and waste cycling, soil pedogenesis and the regeneration of bio-systems. Decades of research have made him expert inplant root ecology, mycorrhizal fungi, glomalin, and soil carbon formation. He also has world on biology’s enormous influences in hydrological cycles, weather patterns, regional and global cooling, and cloud formation and rain precipitation. 

Walter’s initial extensive research work was on the roles of these microbial ecologies in forests, agriculture and the rehydration and regeneration of degraded lands. Recent work this past decade and a half since retirement, with Healthy Soils Australia and now Regenerate Earth, has focused on commercializing leading bio-innovations. These will urgently help restore agro-ecosystems and urban agriculture and ecologies so as to help meet our water, food, habitat, carbon draw down, rehydration imperative. He is determined in advancing the practical verification, application and extension of these innovations, including for cities and their safe secure supply chains to sustain the current 8 and projected 10 billion people by mid-century. 

The Regenerative Soil Solution Conference 2020

On March 7 & 8th, 2020, we will be holding our Annual Conference and AGM at Lincoln University on the subject of Regenerative Farming. The weekend will consist of a full programme of expert speakers and regenerative farmers, a guided fieldtrip, and a catered m­enu of delicious, local organic food and wines.

Tickets on sale from December 1st. For more information, visit the event on our website:

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