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Research Project: Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) Grazing Research Proposal

Location: Integrated Cropping Systems Research

Project Number: 3080-12620-005-04-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Dec 1, 2017
End Date: Sep 30, 2019

Determine effects of grazing management practices on soil biological measures that relate to soil health and the ecosystem services provided by soil organisms.

Soil samples will be collected in a defensible manner from replicated ranches performing specified types of grazing practices. These soil samples will be analyzed in the laboratory for measures that include: basal and substrate-induced respiration, community structure, presence of specific indicator taxa, and functional gene abundances that support ecologically-important processes such as C and N transformations.