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Causes & Consequences of Environmental Change

Diverse agricultural and environmental science programs focus on sustainable management and use of natural resources.

Sustainability and productivity of agricultural lands

SoilMechanisms of enhanced carbon sequestration

Enhanced nitrogen fixation by plant-associated microbes

  • Maren Friesen, beneficial plant-microbe interactions
  • Michael Kahn, symbiosis between N-fixing Rhizobium bacteria and legumes
  • Florence Mus, engineering synthetic symbioses between plants and bacteria
  • John Peters, gene expression in and evolution of biological N fixation
  • Sarah Roley, ecological significance of N fixation in perennial grasses

Hydrological processes in agriculture

  • Michael Brady, economics of water use and irrigated agriculture
  • Markus Flury, flow and transport in the vadose zone
  • Pete Jacoby, sub-surface micro-irrigation for high value specialty crops
  • Gabe LaHue, soil-water relations; water-nutrient interactions
  • Haly Neely, interaction of soil, water, and plants at the field-scale
  • William Schillinger, water use efficiency in cropping systems

Water conservation, remediation, and nutrient cycling

Environmentally sustainable animal production