Sustainable farming systems rely in part on recycling nutrients through materials such as crop residues, manure, or biological inputs. Three nutrients commonly added as fertilizers in agricultural production systems are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). Past research has shown that fungal and bacterial microbial systems may be an important way to add nutrients to the soil or to enhance availability of those nutrients already present. But the interaction of beneficial fungi and bacteria in a synergistic relationship with higher plants is still poorly understood. Moreover, very little is known about the ecology of these beneficial soil fungi.
Thomas E. Loynachan
Harold S. McNabb, Jr., Samina Khalil
Year of Grant Completion
Loynachan, Thomas E.; McNabb, Harold S. Jr.; and Khalil, Samina, "Optimizing microbial associations to enhance N and P soil nutrient availability" (1993). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 6.