Issue #Spring/Summer 2015
2015: International Year of Soils
Published July 28, 2015
MSU AgBioResearch scientists are on the cutting edge of soil science research.
CANR alum is lead soil scientist for State of Michigan
CANR alumnus Martin Rosek is Michigan's state soil scientist.
Groundbreaking moments in soil: A look back on various advancements
Soil research at Michigan State University has a long, rich history — some milestones even predate the university's official establishment of a soils department in 1909.
100 Times More Sensitive
New piece of equipment at Michigan State University takes soil contaminant research to a whole new level.
The Biochar Boon
More and more researchers are looking at biochar — an ancient practice — to remediate soil by removing contaminants, including pharmaceuticals and antibiotics.
Turf triumphs: From Friday nights under the lights to World Cup, MSU research plays vital role
Researchers of the Michigan State University turfgrass program have been offering innovative solutions to the everchanging needs and challenges faced by the sports industry since the 1880s.
Getting the Scoop on Soil
Raising awareness of the important roles soil plays in everyday life is one of the goals of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which has dubbed 2015 the "International Year of Soils."
Interest in cover crops is surging, but integration on farms remains extremely low. Researchers are examining the benefits of cover crop implementation.
A Spartan Comeback of the Seed Kind
Breeder resurrects 100-year-old barley as prospect for the microbrew industry. How U.P. research is looking to add local flavor to a growing business.
In motion: Improving water quality through better land management
Researchers are looking at large-scale ways to recycle the wastewater created by human activity.
Changing the face of science: Q & A with Alvin J. M. Smucker
Alvin Smucker is the 2015 MSU Innovator of the Year for his original work with subsurface water retention technology and his continuing research to develop water retention membranes on a commercial scale.
No Matter How You Slice It, Healthy Soil Is Important
Civilization has thrived in areas with healthy soil and water. Farmers remain reliant on the same soils as their ancestors 6,000 years ago.