Soil Chemistry


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Chemical composition, properties and reactions of natural, modified, and amended soils.


Programs Available in Soil Chemistry:

Kovar, John L. Associate Professor (USDA Collaborator). Nutrient management, with emphasis on soil phosphorus; soil-plant relationships, root growth and development, and rhizosphere chemistry as affected by inorganic and organic amendments. john.kovar@ars.usda.gov

Laird, David A. Professor . Soil inorganic chemical processes and soil mineralogy in relation to soil and environmental quality. dalaird@iastate.edu

Mallarino, Antonio P. Professor. Soil fertility and plant nutrition, with emphasis on phosphorus and potassium. Research on soil testing, plant analysis, and methods of fertilizer application for improving profitability of crop production and quality of surface waters. apmallar@iastate.edu

Thompson, Michael L. Professor. Organomineral complexes and colloid transport in soils. Field and laboratory characterization and behavioral studies of natural colloids. mlthomps@iastate.edu

Wolt, Jeffrey D. Professor. Soil chemistry and fertility with emphasis on applied soil solution chemistry as it relates to nutrient availability and xenobiotic activity. Concurrent sorption/degradation processes affecting the fate and transport of bioactive compounds. jdwolt@iastate.edu