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Research Project: Soil Microbial Community Structure and Function in High Production Corn – Soybean Systems

Location: Agroecosystem Management Research

Project Number: 3042-11210-003-01-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2014
End Date: Jul 31, 2019

1.) To improve understanding of management impacts on community structure and function soil microorganisms in highly productive crop systems; 2.) Quantify the role of soil microorganisms in the acquisition and uptake of nutrients and water; and 3.) Determine how soil microorganisms influence or regulate plant nutrient transporter mechanisms.

Microbial communities will be evaluated using FAME analysis. Nutrient transformation and plant transporter mechanisms will be evaluated using molecular methods. Plant – microbe interactions affecting nutrient and water acquisition will be evaluated by quantifying enzyme activity.