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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

Objective:
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.

Approach:
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.