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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Source Tracking of Microbial Community in Animal Manure Responsible for Odor Production

Location: Food Animal Environmental Systems Research Unit

Project Number: 6445-12630-004-03
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 15, 2010
End Date: Aug 14, 2013

Research will be conducted as part of the student’s research training toward a Ph.D. degree. The research will be in the area of animal waste management with a special focus on Microbiological activities in relation to odor, atmospheric emission, and nutrient transport.

A Ph.D. candidate student from Alabama A&M University will be trained and mentored by an advisory committee from USDA-ARS scientists in Bowling Green, KY, and scientists from Alabama A&M University, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. The student will complete her academic course works at the university, while conducting most of the research at USDA-ARS Bowling Green during summers and at the end of the course works requirement. The topic of the research requirement for the Ph.D. program will be determined at the first advisory committee meeting no later than the spring 2011 semester. However, the focus of the research will be in the area of animal waste management. This research will also be used as an opportunity to train a minority graduate student that will potentially become an USDA-ARS scientist upon graduation.

Last Modified: 4/19/2014
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