• Soil Sustainability Research in Uganda

    Soil sustainability project in Uganda.

  • SOM education in Uganda

    Soil Sustainability Education in Uganda

  • SOM and bioenergy crops

    SOM in Bioenergy Cropping Systems

  • SOM and cropping diversity

    SOM and Crop Rotational Diversity

  • SOM N and climate change

    SOM, Nitrogen and Climate Change

  • SOM N and climate change

    SOM, N and Climate Change

Welcome to the Soil Biology and Ecology Lab

This web site provides a central hub of information about the MSU Soil Biology lab. In the lab we generally focus on soil ecology and biogeochemistry in agricultural systems across the Great Lakes region and in eastern Africa. Our research explores the dynamic interactions between microbial communities and soil organic matter (SOM) and controls on nitrogen cycling in agricultural soils. We employ novel combinations of biogeochemical assays, stable isotope tracers, and molecular methods in greenhouse and field studies to elucidate environmental and management controls on SOM formation and break-down, nitrogen cycling and microbial physiology.

We use principles of agroecology in our research with the objective of helping farmers all over the world develop innovative approaches to agriculture that promote soil health and sustainability. We explore management practices that can increase biodiversity and SOM, which are critical components of a healthy soil and are the cornerstones for building sustainable agricultural soils that are resilient in the face of climate change and provide efficient nutrient provisioning and other services crucial for human food security.



Video feature highlighting Dr. Tiemann’s work in Uganda.

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