The Rhizosphere  Dynamics Lab
Focal research areas and key research questions
OUR RESEARCH

Summary of research interests go here

RHIZOSPHERE ECOLOGY

To what extent do roots contribute to soil carbon permanence in managed and unmanaged landscapes?

How do shifts in microbial communities influence carbon flow?

Can microbial communities be differentiated by their relationship to labile or more processed carbon pools?

GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY

How does rainfall variability influence soil nutrient cycling, rhizosphere processes, and belowground biomass?

Does soil warming lead to greater carbon losses in all pools (labile and passive carbon)?

Can climate-smart management practices improve yield stability and soil health?

SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

How can management practices improve soil health for enhanced crop productivity, long-term soil fertility, and nutrient retention?

How do management practices affect the relationship between soil health and soil carbon?

How do phosphorus and nitrogen retention enhance soil health?

SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

How does farmer perception of climate change influence adoption of climate-smart practices?

What are the barriers to increased adoption of cover crops?

How do farmers believe cover crops influence soil health?

Figure adapted from Lee et al 2017 (Using the Socio-Ecological Model to Frame Agricultural Safety and Health Interventions). 

The Rhizosphere Dynamics Lab | OARDC, Wooster, OH | sprunger.29@osu.edu

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