Organic horticultural soils lose anywhere from 0.3 to 4 cm of viable topsoil each year that does not regenerate. The main degradation processes involve microbial decomposition, compaction (50%), and erosion (50%). Not much is known, however, about the actual magnitude of the loss due to erosion. The measurement of the spatial redistribution of cesium-137 (Cs-137) provides a rapid and efficient means to quantify this loss. We will measure this radioisotope in 28 fields exposed to different atmospheric agents and subject to a variety of anti-erosion practices in order to quantify the long-term (60+ years) severity of erosion for these soil types.
From 2019 to 2023
This project will help bring about improvements in black peat conservation.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Université Laval
There is a great need to test green manure as a main source of nitrogen for potatoes as they help to maintain soil quality and control weeds.
Researcher: Christine Landry
Evaluating and developing a high-throughput sequencing-based diagnostic procedure to identify pathogenic organisms.
Plots were set up at the Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec.
Researcher: Caroline Côté