Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

A field with test plots of bahiagrass and perennial peanut plants.

Researchers examine potential benefits for soil health and nutrient availability in forage production

November 14, 2023

Forage production in intensively managed grasslands often requires continuous use of inorganic nitrogen fertilizers. This can be harmful to the environment. Scientists in the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences (SWES) studied ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Livestock, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Adesuwa Erhunmwunse, Bahiagrass, Fertilizer, Nitrogen, Perennial Peanut, Sunny Liao
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Montverde Academy Students Explore Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences Labs 

October 25, 2023

Montverde Academy students took part in a hands-on exploration of the world beneath their feet during a recent visit to the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences (SWES). The students are part of the school’s Science, Technology, ... READ MORE

Category: Professional Development, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: AJ Reisinger, Ebrahim Babaeian, Environmental Toxicology, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil Microbial Ecology, Soil Physics, Soil Science, Water Science
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Growing Green Minds: Professor Inspires Students to Cultivate Sustainability

October 18, 2023

Through its education outreach efforts, the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences (SWES) highlighted the important role students play as stewards of sustainability. Gainesville High School environmental science teacher Sadie ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Ann Wilkie, BioEnergy And Sustainable Technology Lab, Composting, Soil And Water Sciences, Sustainability, UF Student Compost Cooperative
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Fecal pollution in the Pensacola Bay watershed threatens human health, local economies

October 2, 2023

Fecal pollution can pose major health problems for those who live and play along the Gulf of Mexico. It also can be disastrous for local economies that depend on tourism. This issue is of increasing concern around Pensacola Bay, Florida, where ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Recreation, Water
Tags: E. Coli, Fecal Pollution, Matt Deitch, Pensacola Bay, Ronell Bridgemohan, Soil And Water Sciences
cover crops in field

Research finds the amount and timing of nitrogen availability depends on the cover crop mixture

September 5, 2023

When it comes to sustainable agroecosystems, cover crops are a key component. However, choosing whether a single cover crop or a mixture will provide growers with the right nutrients needed for the cash crop they are planting is still up for ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Cover Crops, Nitrogen, Soil And Water Sciences, Sustainable Agriculture, Yang Lin

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