Soil scientists Patrick Hunt (left) and Matias
Vanotti examine nitrifying pellets. Click the image for additional
information about it.
News story about
Vanotti's research (Jan. 03
a Top Early Career Scientist
By Luis Pons
January 22, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La., Jan.
22The Agricultural Research
Service has named soil scientist Matias B. Vanotti as the "South
Atlantic Areas Early Career Scientist of 2003", acknowledging his
innovative and effective research on water quality and animal waste treatment.
ARS, the chief scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is currently
celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Vanotti works at the ARS Coastal
Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center in Florence, SC In addition to
added funding for his research, he is receiving a plaque and cash award for
work on three projects that have significantly impacted animal waste treatment
technology. These include using polymer immobilized nitrifying bacteria
technology to treat high- ammonia animal wastewater, discovering a way to
extract phosphorus from animal wastewater in reusable form while killing
pathogens within it, and developing a full-scale Environmentally Superior
Technology to replace swine lagoons.
The Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center is part of ARS'
South Atlantic Area, which supports research in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico,
North Carolina, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as in South Carolina.
Researchers at the center anticipate, identify and solve natural resource
problems in agriculture that are important to the nation in general, and to the
Southeastern Coastal Plains in particular.
Vanotti has more than eight years of service with ARS. Since joining the
Florence center as a postdoctoral research associate in 1995, he has applied
his expertise in soil science toward cutting-edge research that has led to
superior water treatment technologies. Also, he has developed innovative
nutrient recommendation systems for crops that have been adopted by Midwest
Vanotti earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from the
University of Buenos Aires, and
his master's and doctoral degrees in soil science from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison.