Jehangir Bhadha is advancing integrated soil, water, and nutrient management to promote sustainable agriculture. Her research and extension program deals with promoting sustainable agriculture within Florida, and beyond. Jehangir is located at the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade, in the heart of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) of South Florida. Pinched between Lake Okeechobee to the north and the Florida Everglades to the south, the EAA plays a critical role in producing food crops within the region and maintaining healthy environment. Soil loss via subsidence, and optimization of nutrient application are major topics of research within her program.
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New UCF Project Examines Key Role Soils Play in Keeping the Planet Cool
UCF Today online
Funded by a nearly $750,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the research will examine a method to keep carbon from escaping soils and becoming the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. As carbon dioxide accumulates in the atmosphere, it warms the Earth by trapping heat. The research is important as NASA has reported that the Earth has seen some of the hottest temperatures on record this summer.
The Price of Plenty
UF College of Journalism and Communications online
Few inventions have changed the world like synthetic fertilizer. Without it, the planet’s population would be roughly half what it is today. Scientists learned to mine nutrients from the ground and pull chemicals from the air to boost food production and make farming more efficient. But fertilizer manufacturing and use also threaten human and environmental health.
Social Responsibility in Soil and Water Sciences: Mini-Documentary
Streaming Science tv
Learn about a USDA-funded collaborative research project underway within the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). The study featured in the video is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project (or CEAP) Watershed Assessment Studies national network. CEAP is a multi-agency effort led by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to quantify the effects of voluntary conservation and strengthen data-driven management decisions.
Perspective: Phosphorus monitoring must be rooted in sustainability frameworks spanning material scale to human scaleWater Research X
Eric McLamore, et. al
Phosphorus (P) is a finite resource, and its environmental fate and transport is complex. With fertilizer prices expected to remain high for years and disruption to supply chains, there is a pressing need to recover and reuse P (primarily as fertilizer). Whether recovery is to occur from urban systems (e.g., human urine), agricultural soil (e.g., legacy P), or from contaminated surface waters, quantification of P in various forms is vital.
Developing soil health scoring indices based on a comprehensive database under different land management practices in FloridaAgrosystems, Geosciences, & Environment
Naba R. Amgain, et. al
A standardized soil health scoring system would be a beneficial tool for accessing and interpreting the status of soil health in Florida. However, because of the climate variability and diverse soil types, a soil health soring function designed in one location may not be useful for other places. In this study, we focused on developing scoring functions for Florida soil using a soil health indicator database under different land management practices across Florida.
Phosphorous remediation using alginate/glomalin biobeads: Examining structural cohesivity, nutrient retention, and reapplication viabilityFrontiers in Environmental Science
Kelly Percivall, et. al
Excess nutrient loading from agriculture and urban runoff into limnetic and marine ecosystems is associated with harmful algal blooms that result in eutrophication. Sequestration of nutrients such as phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) from agricultural outflows and recycling them as soil amendments would be an environmentally and economically sustainable strategy to alleviate this problem.