Urban agriculture (UA) is defined as the production of food crops or livestock within urban areas. Despite its popularity in the United States, research into UA systems suffers from a general underrepresentation of commercial urban systems. As a result, urban growers often have unique technological needs that are unmet by...
Contamination of recreational and shellfish waters with fecal pollution is a
major water quality issue with associated economic impacts and human health risks.
Reliable fecal source identification and rapid, quantitative analyses are essential
components of risk assessment. Enteric bacteria that are endemic to specific hosts
have a potential role as...
Forest harvest can have significant impacts on forest ecosystems that may
influence the capacity of soils to sequester carbon (C). The microbial community
controls decomposition, which is a critical process in partitioning litter- and root-C
between CO₂ and storage in semi-permanent soil-C pools. The objectives of this study
Estimates of nitrogen (N) available from long-term application of organic
amendments are required to balance N inputs with crop N requirements. Two studies
were conducted to (1) determine N mineralized from organic amendments (manures
and composts) during year 2 after application, and (2) compare plant-available N
(PAN) determined via in...
The purpose of this research was to determine the role of formative experiences in the home and family pertaining to environment on children's overall environmental beliefs. Students attending environmentally related and non-environmentally related summer camps at a children's science museum served as test
subjects in this study. A written instrument...
Orchard floor management (OFM) practices can improve soil function and alter
the soil biological community. Soil function is dependent on soil forming materials and
on management practices but little is known about how OFM affect orchard soil quality,
fertilizer N uptake, or tree growth and production.
Research plots were located...