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Agricultural Best Management Practices and Buffers for Middle Schuylkill Focus Area

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

Farmers receive assistance to plan and implement at least 80 agricultural best management practices (BMPs) on the condition that they also install forested buffers on their streams. Funded by: National…

Agricultural Best Management Practices and Forested Buffers for Lancaster Focus Areas

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This project implements whole-farm conservation on all four farms in the catchment of a very small unnamed tributary to Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pa. The farmers are undertaking comprehensive…

Agricultural Best Management Practices and Forested Buffers for Chester County Focus Areas

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This project implements agricultural conservation practices on three Plain sect farms in the Honey Brook, Pa., area. Funded by: Pa. Department of Environmental Protection Project Lead: Matthew J. Ehrhart Collaborators:…

Soil Microbes and Bean Nutrients in Organic and Conventional Systems

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

Little is known regarding soil microbes and nutrition levels in vegetables under different farming practices. We are connecting soil microbial community structure, extracellular enzyme activity, and nutrient density in green/black…

Mitigating Agricultural Pollution of Fresh Water and Combating Climate Change by Restoring Soil Health

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

Plowing, disking, synthetic fertilizers, and pesticides have damaged the health of agricultural soils, resulting in reduced rainfall infiltration and storage, increased stormwater and pollutant runoff, degraded streams, and contaminated groundwater.…

Impact of Pesticides on Soil and Vegetables Grown in Organic and Conventional Systems in a Long-Term Vegetable System Trial

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This project characterizes microbial soil health through detailed community structure of bacteria and fungi and determines the relationship of microbial structure with application of pesticides under conventional and organic cropping…

Impact of Land Management of Practices on Winter Squash Yield and Post-Harvest Nutrient Density

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

By examining the bacteria, Archaea, and fungi living in soils, this project will provide insights on how farming practices and land management affect the microbes that make soils healthy. This…

Exploring the Link Between Soil and Human Health: Protein, Protein Quality, and the Nutraceutical Amino Acid Ergothioneine

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

Ergothioneine, an amino acid that has scientifically proven benefits to human health, is exclusively biosynthesized by fungi and certain bacteria in soils. With coupled field testing and lab incubation experiments,…

Evaluating the Risk for PFAS Contamination of Surface and Groundwater Through Application of Biosolids in Agroecosystems

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a group of thousands of chemicals that are used in a wide range of industrial applications and represent a risk to human health. They…

Evaluating How Conventional, Conservation, and Organic Farming Management Practices Enhance Soil Health and Improve Water Quality

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This project investigates how different agricultural management practices influence water quality and soil health. Using Rodale Institute’s 37-year-old Farming Systems Trial and a recent transition to organic farming at the…