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Complex mixture of inorganic minerals (i.e., mostly clay, silt, and sand), decaying organic matter, water, air, and living organisms.

Soil Management

Good management of soils assures that mineral elements do not become deficient or toxic to plants, and that appropriate mineral elements enter the food chain.


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Montverde Academy Students Explore Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences Labs 

Mike LoizzoOctober 25th, 2023Montverde Academy students took part in a hands-on exploration of the world beneath their feet during a recent visit to the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences (SWES). The students are part of the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Study Area Concentration (STEM SAC). During their visit, the high school students spent […]

From soil scientist to soil artist

BLOGS.IFASJune 10th, 2022Ken Van Rees (Ph.D. `89) retired from the University of Saskatchewan as a professor of forest soils in 2021. After spending more than three decades teaching and conducting research, the now-professor emeritus did not have to wonder about filling his time outside of the classroom. Since 2004, Van Rees has been using the tools of […]

UF/IFAS scientist battles ‘hidden enemies’ in South Florida’s soil

Lourdes MederosMarch 6th, 2022FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – When it comes to soil, Abolfazl “Abi” Hajihassani can give South Florida growers the scoop nematodes and more. As the newest member of UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, the assistant professor of nematology is all about South Florida soil and the microscopic roundworms that wreak havoc on its crops […]

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