Plant and Soil Ecology


Soil Health

Along with sunlight and water, soils provide much of the basis of life around us. Soils enable plant growth, store water, retain nutrients and are populated by microbes that decompose and recycle material. Some of the projects we are involved with include:

  • Examining how liming (increasing pH) of the soil impacts the native microbial populations
  • Determining how bovine waste may influence nitrogen cycling of pasture and non pasture soils
  • Examining the influence of different types of organic matter additions on nutrient turnover and carbon respiration in soils

Plant Health

Healthy plants are vital to the functioning of both natural and agricultural systems. Some of the projects we are involved with includes:

  • Uncovering impacts of rock phosphate on sweet potato cultivars and their associated root bacteria
  • Understanding the structure and functioning of riparian zones
  • Improving phosphorus uptake in wheat