Soil science research conducted by faculty, staff and graduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources was well represented at the joint meetings of the Soil Science Society of America, the American Society of Agronomists and the Crop Science Society held in Phoenix, AZ.
This year’s gathering was themed "Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance" and provided a wealth of opportunity for participants to network, hear inspiring speakers, learn about innovative research and participate in technical workshops and professional tours.
Presentations with School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty, staff and graduate students included:
- Impact of Diet on Pb Bioccessibility for Wildlife in Vitro Methods.
- Tailoring Soil Blends for Chemical Restoration of Urban Soils.
- Limitations for Contaminated Soil Management Implementation.
- Assessing Long-Term Soil Quality of a Restored Degraded Site in Illinois.
- Contextualizing Urban Soil Pb within a Public Health Framework.
- Characterization of Soil Microbial Communities in Shrub/Millet Systems of the Sahel with EL-Fame Analysis.
- Soil Biological Indicators of Soil Health for a National Soil Health Assessment.,
- Long-Term Crop Productivity and Nutrient Dynamics in a Native Shrub (Guiera senegalensis) Cropping System of the Sahel.
- Gypsum Effects on Crop Yield and Chemistry of Soil, Crop Tissue, and Vadose Zone Water: A Meta-Analysis.
- Evaluation of a Winter Cereal Rye Cover Crop at Ten Sites Across the US Cornbelt.
- Bioenergy Production and Carbon Sequestration Dynamics Under Conservation Reserve Program Management System.
- Establishing the Bethel Environmental and Agricultural University and Training Center (BEAUTC) in Ethiopia.
- Surface Coal Mineland Reclamation Using a Dry Flue Gas Desulfurization Product and Soil: Long-Term Microbial Responses.
- Respiration Is Not an Accurate Predictor of N Mineralization Across California Agricultural Systems.
- Using Active Organic Matter Measurements to Predict Agronomic Performance.
- Can the Perennial Grain Crop Kernza Yield Both Forage and Grain?.
- Climatic Drivers of Soil Organic Matter Decomposition.
- Long-Term Effects of Organic Agriculture on Soil Organic Carbon Stocks up to One Meter Depth.
- Using SMAP Soil Moisture Measurements in Carbon Flux Studies in Ohio.
- Physiographic Mapping of Ohio's Soil Systems.
- A Harmonized Legend for a Multi-State Dominant Soil Parent Material Map.
Matthew Bright, a PhD candidate with Professor Richard Dick in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and member of the Soil Microbial Ecology Lab was awarded first place in the graduate student poster competition for his poster, “Long-term Crop Productivity, Carbon, and Nutrient Dynamics in a Native Shrub (Guiera senegalensis) Cropping System of the Sahel” in Phoenix for the ASA Semi-Arid Dryland Cropping Systems Community.
Bright is studying the beneficial effects of two native shrub intercropping systems on millet and peanut production in Senegal, West Africa. Specifically, his research focuses on their ability to improve yields, soil carbon sequestration, and nutrient cycling in addition to their effect on beneficial mycorrhizal fungi that connect from the roots of the shrubs to millet, helping the crop grow. Bright lived in Senegal from January, 2013 to July, 2014. He is also a coach for Ohio State’s Soil Judging Team.