Studying fumigation impacts on soil microbes to improve production

Dr. Sarah Strauss
Soil Microbiologist
(239) 658-3468

The efficacy of soil fumigants can vary and it’s not clear how fumigants impact non-pathogenic microbes in the soil. Understanding which beneficial microbes are still in the soil after fumigation, and how long others take to return to the soil, could improve fumigation practices.

Dr. Sarah Strauss was awarded a grant from USDA-NIFA to address these questions for fumigants commonly used in Florida tomato and strawberry production. In addition, the project will examine how changes in non-target soil microbes might impact the suppression of soilborne plant pathogens, nutrient availability, and weed growth. The research will include both small-plot and on-farm trials.

For information on Dr. Sarah Strauss's ongoing research study, click here to access the full article as well as past Research Connections.
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