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Research Project: Evaluation of Soil Quality Parameters in Tropical Soils and Assessment of Elemental Composition in Tropical Crops

Location: Sustainable Perennial Crops Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-21000-281-05-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 12, 2015
End Date: Jan 6, 2020

Objective:
To determine the chemical properties (macro and micronutrient contents, heavy metals) of plant and soil samples of experiments conducted in field, greenhouse and growth rooms at Brazil, Peru, Puerto Rico and Beltsville, Maryland.

Approach:
Plant (cacao, cover crops) and soil samples of tropical crops will be collected from field and greenhouse experiments carried out in Peru and Brazil and transported to the U.S. under APHIS soil and plant import permits. Soil chemical (pH, C, N, macro and micro nutrients: N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Na, Zn, Cu, Fe, B, Mn etc) properties and plant mineral compositions (C, N, Ca, Mg, K, P, Na, S, Al, Zn, Cu, B, Fe, Mn, etc.) will be determined at the University of Florida, Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC)- Fort Pierce, Florida. Soil and plant (cacao, cover crops) samples from experiments conducted at Beltsville, Maryland and Puerto Rico facilities of ARS will be analyzed for macro and micronutrients (N, C, Ca, Mg, K, P, Na, Al, Zn, Cu, B, Fe, Mn, etc) at the University of Florida, IRREC- Fort Pierce, Florida.