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.
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.
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.
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 Lorenzare 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.
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.
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.