Biological characterization of soils to increase potato productivity and soil sustainability

Richard Hogue, researcher

Richard Hogue

Researcher

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Description

To increase the productivity of potato production systems and preserve soil quality, we need to enhance our knowledge of interactions among biological, physical, chemical, and agronomic characteristics of cultivated soils in various environments. The project added biological and metagenomic characteristics to a database developed by Dr. Parent’s team over the previous four years. The database contains data on the physical, chemical, agronomic, and environmental characteristics of soils under various production systems in 16 georeferenced potato-growing areas.

Objective(s)

  • Determining the key structural and functional biological characteristics of soils under various potato production systems
  • Creating a database of biological, physical, chemical, agronomic, and environmental information with a view to increasing yields, improving crop quality, and preserving soil productivity

From 2014 to 2017

Project duration

Market gardening

Activity areas

Soil health, Laboratory analyzes

Services

This project will help maintain the quality of soils used for growing potatoes.

Partners

Innov'Action | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Université Laval

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