The soil microbiology program addresses a variety of research areas in both agricultural urban/suburban environments. Projects have ranged from basic research on microbial ecology to applications of microbial systems for reclamation of disturbed lands, remediation of contaminated soils and treatment of domestic wastewaters. Today we continue to focus on issues relevant to understanding and solving problems in agricultural and urban/suburban settings. An environmental perspective can be found in much of our research whether it be in the analysis of the functions of constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment or toward developing a better understanding of the impacts of land use on carbon dynamics in soils with an eye toward enhancing carbon storage in Texas soils as a means of mitigating production of carbon dioxide. Our programs also deal with the microbiology of turfgrass soils as they are an important component of the urban landscape.
- Terry Gentry, soil and aquatic microbiology, College Station, TX
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