Soils

  1. Soil Science Research Day, March 28

    Attend Soil Science Research Day, March 28

    Mar 26, 2019

    Soil science research from across the university will be featured at this week's Soil Science Research Day on March 28 in Kottman Hall.  You are invited to attend the inaugural Soil Science Research Day to promote soil science across all disciplines at the university and to increase awareness of its importance to the environment, society and economy.  Dr. Gary Pierzynski, associate dean for research and graduate education with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will give the keynote address starting at 1:00 p.m. in Kottman Hall 103 with a poster symposium immediately following in Kottman Hall Lobby. Light refreshments will be served.

    To learn more, visit https://soil.osu.edu/events/soil-science-research-day 

  2. Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at Ohio State, received the World Soil Prize at a ceremony on Dec. 5, World Soil Day, in Rome. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain. CFAES.)

    Ohio State Scientist Honored on World Soil Day

    Dec 5, 2018

    The way Ohio State University scientist Rattan Lal sees it, many of Earth’s biggest challenges — from growing enough food to protecting water quality to reversing climate change — have answers in the soil.

    As Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES), Lal has spent his career working to find those answers. Along the way, he’s gained a global reputation for his research and advocacy on soil-related matters along with multiple honors and awards.

    His latest recognition, a big one, comes on an appropriate day.

    Today, Dec. 5 — designated by the United Nations as World Soil Day — Lal received the Glinka World Soil Prize in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Named for a prominent Russian soil scientist, the award is considered the highest honor in the soil science profession.

  3. Andrea Leiva Soto with her advisor, Dr. Doug Doohan, highlighting key findings and facilitating discussion with participants on an organic vegetable on-farm trial. Photo Credit: Stephanie Short

    Reverse Field Tour Engages Stakeholders in Soil Health Research

    Sep 18, 2018

    Stakeholders played a key role in the reverse field tour held on soil balancing last month at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio. Hosting the unique two-day experiential field tour were a team of faculty and staff in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Agricultural Technical Institute at The Ohio State University.  The field tour is part of a USDA NIFA funded project to advance understanding of soil balancing methods and outcomes.

  4. Soil microbiologist  Nicola Lorenz is part of a native conservation project on Ohio strip-mine land and is sampling the mined soils to investigate its qualities. Photo Credit:  Rebecca Swab, Ph.D Director of Restoration Ecology The Wilds

    Strip-mine land restoration efforts on front page of The Columbus Dispatch

    Sep 26, 2017

    A collaborative project on the restoration of Ohio strip-mine land is the focus of a front-page feature article in The Columbus Dispatch. School of Environment and Natural Resources soil microbiologists Richard Dick and Nicola Lorenz are part of a team that is studying native conservation of abandoned strip mine lands and are surveying mined soil at three sites to study microscopic organisms that help plants thrive.

  5. ENR 5279 students soil sampling and taking in-field soil measurements. The course taught by Drs. Nick Basta and Brian Slater is featured in a recent article in The Lantern. Photo credit: Nall Moonilall

    Urban Soils Course Featured

    Sep 25, 2017

    Urban Soils and Ecosystem Services: Assessment and Restoration, a course offered through the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and taught by faculty members Nick Basta and Brian Slater is featured in The Lantern article, “Ohio State course gets students involved in urban development.”  

  6. Efforts to update the Tri-State Guide discussed in Growing Returns.

    Growing Returns discusses efforts to update the Tri-State Fertility Guide

    Apr 28, 2017

    Growing Returns, a Blog of the Environmental Defense Fund, discusses efforts led by Soil Fertility Specialist and School of Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Professor Steve Culman, in the post, “New guidance to maximize every drop of fertilizer in Ohio and beyond,” to update the Tri-State Fertility Guide for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa. To update the Tri-State Guide, Culman is using data from on-farm research trials he and his team have been conducting. This data will be used to inform the new Tri-State recommendations.

  7. A new website focused on Soil Fertility is available for farmers, crop consultants and educators interested in a wide range of soil fertility and management issues. 

    New Soil Fertility website available

    Apr 11, 2017

    A new website focused on Soil Fertility is available for farmers, crop consultants and educators interested in a wide range of soil fertility and management issues. 

  8. Tania Burgos-Hernández, a doctoral student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is studying Ohio State soils to determine their ability to store carbon.

    Doctoral student's research on Ohio State soils featured

    Feb 21, 2017

    Tania Burgos-Hernández, a doctoral student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is featured on the website of the Office of Energy and Environment for her research on urban soils. In particular, she is analyzing urban soils on the Ohio State campus to determine their ability to store carbon. To study Ohio State soils, she is collecting multiple samples from 150 soil cores and three pits dug on campus. Soil cores will be collected later this year. Burgos-Hernández will thoroughly analyze the physical properties of the cores she collects. She will examine the color, texture and structure, as well as chemical and biological properties of the soil to determine carbon, metals and other factors.