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Section Board for 'Soil and Plant Nutrition' (73)

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Dr. Emad Jahanzad

California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, California, 95814, USA
Interests: soil fertility and plant nutrition; soil health; nutrient cycling; cover crops; cropping systems; forage production
Dr. Geoff Anderson
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, 75 York Road, Northam, WA 6401, Australia
Interests: managing water repellency; soil aluminium toxicity; soil acidity and nutrient deficiencies (sulfur, nitrogen and phosphorus)
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Dr. Ryoichi Araki
Faculty of Education, Wakayama University, 930, Sakaedani, Wakayama, Japan
Interests: plant nutrition; nitrogen uptake and assimilation; ion transport; stress tolerance; genetic resources
Dr. Eduardo Aguilera
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: climate change; energy; sustainability; agroeoclogy; carbon sequestration; nutrient cycles
Dr. Andrea Baglieri
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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia 100, I-95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: plant mineral nutrition; nutrient deficiency; nutrient transport; soil chemistry; plant biochemistry; soil organic matter; natural biostimulants; organic wastes
Dr. Jonathan D. Eisenback
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
Interests: nematode morphology; plant-parasitic nematodes; forest nematology; plant resistance to nematodes; management of plant-parasitic nematodes; greenhouse testing of nematode control products
Dr. Ken Flower

The UWA School of Agriculture and Environment and The UWA Institute of AgricultureThe University of Western Australia| MO87, 35 Stirling Highway, Perth 6001, Australia
Interests: conservation/sustainable agriculture; soil and plant nutrition; cropping systems; precision agriculture; weed control
Prof. Dr. Csaba Gyuricza
Department of Soil Management, Institute of Crop Production, Szent Istvan University, 2100 Gödöllő, Hungary
Interests: oil cultivation and use; green manure management; energy crops; agroforestry; minimum tillage; sustainable crop management; climate change adaption
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Dr. Miriam Edith Athmann
Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation Agroecology and Organic Farming Group, University of Bonn, 53115 Bonn, Germany
Interests: root ecology; interactions of root growth and soil structure; subsoil management; crop resilience; nutrient management; crop quality; organic farming
Dr. Enrique Eymar
Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Food Sciences, Autonomous University of Madrid, Av. Francisco Tomás y Valiente 7, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Interests: phytoremediation; bioremediation; white rot fungi; organic pollutants; antibiotics; soil chemistry; soil biology; organic amendments; fertigation; biostimulants
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Dr. Beatriz Gámiz
Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IRNAS-CSIC), Reina Mercedes, Av. 10, 41012 Seville, Spain
Interests: allelochemicals; adsorption,; biochar; biopesticides; chiral pesticides; clay minerals; dynamic of pesticides in soils; layered double hydroxides; soil contamination
Dr. Juan Herrero
Department of Soil and Water, Estación Experimental de Aula Dei, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), 50059 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: soil salinity; gypseous soils
Dr. Heike Knicker
Department of Geoecology and Biogeochemistry, Spanish National Research Council, 41012 Seville, Spain
Interests: soil organic matter; NMR spectroscopy; biochemistry; soil characterization; soil chemistry; biodegradation; fertilizer; nitrogen
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Dr. Lynne Macdonald
CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Glen Osmond, SA 5064, Australia
Interests: soil organic matter; soil C sequestration; biogeochemistry; organic amendments; soil constraints
Dr. Carmelo Maucieri
Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural resources, Animals and Environment, University of Padova, 35122 Padova, Italy
Interests: aquaponics; wastewater agriculture use; organic fertilization; biomass production; urban farming; constructed wetlands; soil greenhouse gas emissions
Prof. Dr. Stefano Cesco
Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bolzano, Piazza Università 5, I-39100 Bolzano, Italy
Interests: plant mineral nutrition; nutrient deficiency; nutrient transport; root exudates; geo-biochemical cycles of nutrients; copper toxicity; soil-microbe-root interface; soil chemistry; plant biochemistry
Prof. Dr. Robert J. Kremer
Department of Soil, Environmental & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
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Dr. Bertrand Hirel
Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Centre de Versailles-Grignon, Unité Mixte de Recherche 1318 INRA-Agro-ParisTech, Equipe de Recherce Labellisée (ERL), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) 3559, RD10, F-78026 Versailles Cedex, France
Interests: nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) of crop plants; regulation and management of N assimilation in model and crop plants; innovation and applications for sustainable agriculture
Dr. Paola Migliorini
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University of Gastronomic Sciences, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele 9, 12042 Pollentia, Italy
Interests: agroecology; sustainability evaluation; organic production systems; action-learning approach
Dr. Steve Robinson
School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 233, Reading, RG6 6DW, UK
Interests: soil and water quality; wetlands; nutrient cycling; soil organic matter dynamics; soil erosion
Dr. Maria del Carmen Salas Sanjuán
Department of Agronomy, Almeria University, Campus de Excelencia Internacional Agroalimentario, ceiA3, La Cañada, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Interests: plant nutrition; control tools of nutrition (sap analysis); soilless crops; hydroponics; bio-nutrition in relation to microorganisms; nutrient solution (mineral and organic solution)
Prof. Dr. David R. Smart
Department of Viticulture & Enology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Interests: soil science; soil conservation; agroecology; sustainability
Dr. Anna Tedeschi
Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (IBBR), National Research Council of Italy-CNR, 80055 Portici, Naples, Italy
Interests: soil salinity; saline water; crop production; abiotic stress; irrigation management; water use efficiency; sustainable agriculture; horticultural and fiber crops
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Dr. Ole Wendroth
Department of Plant & Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky, 1100 Nicholasville Road , Lexington, KY 40546-0091, USA
Interests: soil physics; soil water; soil hydraulic properties; spatial variability; spatial statistics; statistical time series analysis; geostatistics; soil structure; plant growth simulation
Dr. Tim Weaver
CSIRO Agriculture & Food, NSW 2390, Australia
Interests: cotton based farming-systems; crop nutrition; Genetic x Environment x Management interactions; soil chemistry and physics
Dr. Ashlea Doolette
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Urrbrae SA 5064, Australia
Interests: characterisation and quantification of organic phosphorus in soil and plants; phosphorus nutrition and cycling; crop rotations
Dr. Paul White
Sugarcane Research Unit, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Houma, Louisiana, USA
Interests: sugarcane; soil-water interactions; eddy covariance; carbon sequestration; cover crops; remote sensing
Dr. Alwyn Williams
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland, Gatton, QLD 4343, Australia
Interests: agroecology; arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi; cover crops; plant-soil interactions; soil health; soil microbes; soil organic carbon and nitrogen
Dr. Sotirios Archontoulis
Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50010, USA
Interests: agronomy; crop physiology; crop modeling; soil water and nitrogen modeling; genotype by environment by management interactions
Dr. Karen Barry
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 54, Hobart TAS 7001, Australia
Interests: fungal plant pathology; horticulture; plant-pathogen interactions; crop protection
Prof. Dr. Hailin Zhang
College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University; Key Laboratory of Farming System, Ministry of Agriculture of China, Beijing 100193, China
Interests: cropping system; climate change; conservation agriculture; soil organic carbon; farming
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Prof. Dr. Zina Flagella
Department of the Sciences of Agriculture, Food and Environment(SAFE), University of Foggia, Via Napoli 25, 71122 Foggia, Italy
Interests: nitrogen use efficiency; water and heat stress; crop quality; gluten proteins; durum and bread wheat; herbaceous crop physiology
Dr. Francesco Montemurro
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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (CREA-OF), Monsampolo del Tronto (AP), 00198 Roma, Italy
Interests: agronomy; organic farming; composting process, compost application and organic fertilization; sustainable development; crop rotations and cropping systems; agro-ecosystem techniques; nutrient management, efficiency, and balance
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Prof. Dr. Nikos Tzortzakis
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Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science, Cyprus University of Technology, 3036 Limassol, Cyprus
Interests: vegetable production; plant nutrition; soilless culture; substrates and hydroponics; abiotic stress; postharvest and quality of fresh produce; edible flowers; bioactive compounds; medicinal and aromatic plants
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Dr. Susanne Barth
Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Environment and Land Use Programme, Carlow, Ireland
Interests: forage species, grass weeds; cereals; genetic resources; reproductive traits including self-incompatibility and flowering time; control of meiotic recombination; biomass yield and heterosis; water soluble carbohydrates; herbicides resistance in grasses and abiotic stresses
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Dr. Lukas Van Zwieten
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NSW Department of Primary Industries, 1243 Bruxner Highway, Wollongbar NSW 2477, Australia
Interests: soil C cycling; biochar systems; N-cycle and emissions of nitrous oxide; application of stable isotope methodologies; soil function and impact of agricultural inputs; herbicides
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Dr. Julianne Lilley
CSIRO Agriculture & Food, A GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
Interests: crop physiology; crop modelling; farming systems modelling; genotype by environment by management interactions; canola; wheat; phenology
Prof. Dr. Atul K. Jain
Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA
Interests: carbon cycle; nitrogen cycle; land cover and land use changes; crop growth modeling; land surface modeling; integrated assessment of climate change
Dr. Cornelia Rumpel
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CNRS, Campus AgroParisTech, Batiment EGER, 78850 Thiverval-Grignon, France
Interests: soil biogeochemistry; soil C sequestration; black carbon; biochar; soil biology; deep soil horizons; organic soil amendments; grassland management
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Dr. David Houben
UniLaSalle, AGHYLE, Beauvais, France
Interests: soil biogeochemistry; soil-plant interactions; soil fertility; phosphorus management; biochar; organic soil amendments; organic waste management; rhizosphere
Dr. John Hammond
School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road, PO Box 237, Reading, RG6 6AR, UK
Interests: crop nutrition; phosphorus; plant-soil interactions; abiotic stress; transcriptomics; biofortification
Prof. Dr. Juan M. Ruiz
Department of Plant Physiology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Granada, 18071-Granada, Spain
Interests: plant mineral nutrition; environmental stress physiology
Dr. Javier M. Gonzalez
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory, 275 S. Russell St., West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Interests: soil chemistry; soil management; water quality; contaminants; soil organic matter; soil amendments
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Dr. Vincenzo Tabaglio
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Department of Sustainable Crop Productions, Section Agronomy and Plant Biotechnologies, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via Emilia Parmense, 84, 29122 Piacenza, Italy
Interests: no-till; soil quality; soil organic matter; soil phosphorus; soil aggregate stability; soil fertility; soil biology; soil C and N dynamics; subsurface drip irrigation; agriculture sustainable intensification; allelopathic cover crops; alternative weed control; organic farming; developing countries; quinoa cultivation
Prof. Dr. Masoud Hashemi
Masoud Hashemi is an Extension Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 207 Bowditch Hall, Amherst, MA 01003-9294, USA
Interests: soil health; soil-microbe relationship; biomass conversion; forage crop management; nutrient management; crop quality
Dr. Gustavo Gomez
NcRNA-mediated regulatory networks group, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology – I2SysBio (CSIC-UV), Scientific Park - University of Valencia, Agustín Escardino 9, 46980 Paterna, Spain
Interests: regulatory ncRNAs; RNA silencing; viroids; response to biotic and abiotic stress in crops; systems biology
Dr. Carlos García Delgado
Department of Geology and Geochemistry, Autonomous University of Madrid, Av. Francisco Tomás y Valiente 7, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Interests: bioremediation; white rot fungi; organic pollutants; pesticides; antibiotics; soil chemistry; soil biology; organic amendments
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Dr. Saran Sohi
School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3FF, UK
Interests: soil organic matter; biochar; soil carbon dynamics; soil fractionation
Dr. Marshall D. McDaniel
Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA
Interests: soil-plant interactions; carbon and nutrient exchange between plants and soils; how management and the environment affect carbon and nutrient exchange; soil health; sustainable agriculture
Dr. Erika Sabella
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies (Di.S.Te.B.A.), University of Salento, Lecce via Prov.le Lecce-Monteroni, Centro Ecotekne 73100 - Lecce, Italy
Interests: plant physiology; abiotic stresses; heavy metals; antioxidant compounds; plant mycorrhizal symbiosis; biotic stress; Xylella fastidiosa
Dr. Alessio Aprile
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies (DiSTeBA), University of Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: crop physiology; plant physiology; heavy metal assimilation; abiotic stresses; drought; antioxidant compounds; biotic stress; Xylella fastidiosa
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Dr. Petronia Carillo
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Department of Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, 81100 Caserta, Italy
Interests: plant ecophysiology; carbon and nitrogen metabolism; nitrogen uptake and assimilation; amino acids; abiotic stresses; salinity; nitrogen containing compatible compounds; biostimulants and nitrogen use efficiency in agriculture
Dr. Peter R. Ryan
CSIRO Agriculture Flagship, Brisbane, Australia
Interests: acidic soils; aluminium toxicity; aluminium tolerance mechanisms; phosphorus nutrition and efficiency; root exudates; anion channels; root responses to hostile soils
Dr. Sharon L. Weyers
USDA ARS NCSCRL, 803 Iowa Ave., Morris, MN 56267, USA
Interests: Soil biology and ecology; nutrient cycling; organic management; conservation practices
Dr. Emanuele Lugato
European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy
Interests: biogeochemical cycles; modelling; SOC turnover; climate change
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Prof. Dr. Matthew W. Blair
Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tennessee State University, Office Rm. 112 / Lab Rm. 131 Agricultural Biotechnology Building, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd. Nashville TN 37209 United States of America
Interests: grain legumes; legume cover crops; plant breeding; agronomy and genetics
Dr. Bhupinder Pal Singh
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NSW Department of Primary Industries, Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Menangle, NSW 2568, Australia
Interests: soil organic matter; soil biogeochemistry; soil carbon and nutrient cycling; greenhouse gas emissions; plant-soil interaction; biochar; soil carbon functionality; tillage and stubble management; organic amendments
Dr. Mariangela Diacono
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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Center for Agriculture and Environment (CREA-AA), Via Celso Ulpiani 5, 70125 Bari, Italy
Interests: organic farming; agro-ecology; compost production, evaluation and application; sustainable agriculture assessment
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Dr. Gurpreet Kaur
Delta Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University, Stoneville, Mississippi, USA
Interests: soil fertility and nutrient management; agronomy; crop modeling; crop rotations; cover crops; water use and water use efficiency
Dr. Miguel Ángel Sánchez-Monedero
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CSIC-CEBAS, Department of Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: soil organic matter; organic waste recycling; composting; biochar; greenhouse gases
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Dr. Diego Pizzeghello
Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment DAFNAE, University of Padova, Italy
Interests: effect of humic substances on plant growth; biostimulants; soil organic matter; soil phosphorus forms
Dr. Kevin F.M. Reed
Reed Pasture Science, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: animal production systems; applied research in soil fertility; pasture survey and ecology; forage quality assessment; forage plant improvement; grass endophyte interactions; toxins and phytoestrogens in pasture
Prof. Dr. Dorcas H. Franklin
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Interests: soil and water conservation; soil health and biodiversity; water quality; nutrients recycle
Dr. Gareth J. Norton
School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Cruickshank Building – G41, Aberdeen, AB24 3UU, UK
Interests: plant genomics; cereal genetics; soil biology; soil chemistry
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Prof. Dr. Janice Thies
Soil and Crop Sciences Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Interests: biochar; plant-microbe interactions; small-holder farmers; soil ecology; soil health; sustainable agriculture
Dr. Arjun Kafle

South Dakota State University, Biology and Microbiology Department, Brookings, SD 57007, USA
Interests: beneficial plant-microbes interaction; biogeochemical cycle; low input agroecosystem; microbial ecology
Prof. Dr. Stanley J. Miklavcic
Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes SA 5095, Australia
Interests: plant biophysics; mathematical modelling; water and solute transport; salt stress; plant and crop phenotyping
Dr. Francisco Manzano Agugliaro
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Department of Engineering, University of Almeria, CeiA3, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Interests: bibliometry; renewable energy; environment; sustainability; engineering; agronomy
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Dr. Judith M. Tisdall
Department of Agricultural Sciences, La Trobe University 3086, Victoria, Australia
Interests: biology applied to agronomy; technology for farming and the use of plants; soil science and soil conservation; agroecology; sustainability
Dr. Tomasz Głąb
Department of Machinery Exploitation, Ergonomics and Production Processes, University of Agriculture in Krakow, ul. Balicka 116B, 31-149 Krakow, Poland
Interests: soil physics; soil water retention; grassland; turfgrass; organic soil amendments; root morphology; organic farming
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Dr. Joji Muramoto
Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
Interests: organic farming; agroecology; sustainable soil fertility management; integrated soil-borne disease management; non-fumigant alternatives; crop rotation; anaerobic soil disinfestation; strawberry production; vegetable production; sustainable food systems
Dr. Sean Smukler
Faculty of Land and Food Systems, 123-2357 Main Mall University of British Columbia, Vancouver British Columbia,V6T 1Z4 Canada
Interests: agroecology; soil carbon sequestration; nutrient management; nitrogen dynamics, organic farming; composting process and compost application; organic fertilization; sustainable development; soil quality
Dr. Helen Suter
School of Agriculture and Food, The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010, Australia
Interests: nitrogen dynamics in agricultural ecosystems; nitrogen fertiliser; nitrification inhibitors; urease inhibitors; greenhouse gas emissions; ammonia volatilisation; 15N; sustainable intensification
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