Issue No. 61 - Fall 2011

Here in the Applied Pedology research group, we focus on how land use and climate change affect, and are affected by, soil properties and processes.

Our main emphasis is on dynamics of nitrogen and carbon, which are essential for healthy, productive ecosystems, but in excess can contribute to water quality concerns and greenhouse gas emissions. One of our projects over the past several years has been examining how pulse crops (pea and lentil) in the crop rotation affect the quality of soil organic matter and the rate and timing of nitrogen mineralization.

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