Building healthy and resilient soils is essential for sustainable production agriculture. For the purpose of maintaining or improving soil health, minimal tillage, crop rotation (including cover cropping), organic amendment, residue return, and other conservative management practices have been widely recommended and adopted. However, how the combination of these practices interacts in agricultural systems and their contributions to the agronomic and environmental outcomes are not well-defined.
This soil program, led by Dr. Rongzhong Ye, is to 1) develop mechanistic understanding of soil physical, chemical, and biological processes that underpin soil health, and 2) investigate how conservative management practices, along with climate variations, affect soil physio-biogeochemical processes, overall soil health, and the desirable agronomic and environmental outcomes. The ultimate goal of the research is to better understand the ecology of soil and hence to improve management of ecosystems and their sustainability.
More specifically, the soil program has focuses on 1) soil organic carbon dynamics, 2) microbial community composition and functional groups, 3) the distribution, transformation, and fates of agricultural nutrients, and 4) soil health indicator and assessment.
For more information contact:
Rongzhong Ye, Assistant Professor, PhD
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Pee Dee Research and Education Center
2200 Pocket Road, Florence, SC 29506