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Research Project: Measurements and Tools for Assessment of Ecosystem Services

Location: Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research

Project Number: 5070-12000-001-013-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 1, 2023
End Date: May 31, 2024

Objective:
Develop and implement protocols for assessing and comparing biodiversity and ecosystem services in natural and agronomic systems represented by the Central Mississippi River Basin (CMRB) Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) treatments.

Approach:
Standard protocols will be implemented and new protocols will be developed and evaluated for making comparisons among the CMRB LTAR treatments, including Tucker Prairie (a native, perennial ecosystem) and the LTAR grain cropping systems, including the “Aspirational” system (a corn-soybean-wheat-hay rotation with cover crops) and the “Business-as-Usual” system (a corn-soybean rotation). Data will include floristic biomass and diversity (i.e., cash crops, cover crops, native species, and weedy/invasive species), plant tissue and grain quality (e.g., tissue carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients), soil microbial diversity (i.e., metagenomics data), soil carbon stocks, and a suite of standard soil health indicators. Cooperator will collaborate on development of appropriate protocols, data collection, and data interpretation.