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Plant and Soil Sciences

Plant and Soil Sciences

This department offers projects and courses specific to water; however, this department offers education and training in other areas, as well.  For more information about other offerings by the department, please visit their website at

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  • SOIL 4213 Precision Agriculture
    • Introduction to the concepts of precision agriculture including analysis of spatial variability, relationships of fertility and crop response, geographical information systems, variable rate technology, optical sensing, global positioning systems, and yield monitoring. Case studies included for detailed analyses.
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  • SOIL 4234 Soil Nutrient Management
    • Soil fertility and use of fertilizer materials for conservation, maintenance, and improvement of soil productivity and to minimize environmental concerns.
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  • SOIL 4683 Soil, Water, and Weather
    • Soil physical properties and processes, and their influence on plant growth.
  • SOIL 5111 Research Methods in Plant and Soil Sciences
    • Exploration of various methodologies helpful in field scale research. Application and understanding biometry as it relates to research result interpretation.
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  • SOIL 5224 Advanced Soil and Environmental Chemistry
    • Chemical and physical properties of soil minerals as they pertain to solution chemistry; nutrient and contaminant availability and speciation as dictated by ion exchange, precipitation/dissolution, and adsorption reactions; oxidation/reduction; surface chemistry. Review of current research in soil and environmental chemistry literature. 
  • PLNT 5293 Plant Responses to Water Stress
    • Physiological ramifications of water deficit stress on cells, tissues, plants and canopies. Discussion of the soil/plant/atmosphere continuum, and avoidance and tolerance mechanisms leading to drought resistance. Photosynthesis, transpiration, and water-use efficiency and their relationship to biomass accumulation and crop yield. 
  • SOIL 5813 Soil Plant Nutrient Cycling and Environmental Quality
    • Theory and application of soil plant relationships in production and nonproduction environments. Nutrient cycling, mass balance, soil nutrient supply and plant response. Methods to reduce the impact of nutrients on environmental quality, soil-plant buffering and response models.
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Sergio M. Abit Jr. (urban soil and water quality; sub-surface transport of contaminants)

Phil Alderman (climate resiliency of agricultural systems)

Brian Arnall (fertilizer applications; nutrient management)

Brian Carter (septic tank systems and soil renovation of water)

Shiping Deng (fecal microbial contamination (E. coli))

Gopal Kakani (increasing production potential of fuel, feed, and fiber crops)

Josh Lofton (crop production under limited irrigation; soybean irrigation management)

Tyson Ochsner (evapotranspiration; soil physics; soil water)

Bill Raun (nitrogen-use efficiency)

Jason Warren (soil erosion; crop water use efficiency)

Hailin Zhang (water sampling; animal waste management)

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