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Assessment of Exceptional Quality Biosolids Products for Urban Landscapes

In this webinar, the presenters will describe the attributes and use benefits of exceptional quality (EQ) biosolids as sources of organic matter and nutrients for renovating disturbed urban soils and growing vegetables and highway roadside and high quality turfgrass. The presenters own research results on nutrient content and availability, organic matter benefits, water quality effects, and crop production will be shared. There is no charge for this webinar, but registration is required. Register using the URL following "Location:" above.


Program Agenda

Introduction to urban soils and EQ biosolids, Greg Evanylo

Urban Soil P regulations, Gary Felton

Use of EQ biosolids for urban gardens, Odiney Alvarez-Campos

Use of EQ biosolids for highway roadside soils and turfgrass, Chenglin ‘Drew’ Zhu

Use of EQ biosolids for high quality turfgrass, Mike Badzmierowski

Presenters

Greg Evanylo, Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, specializes in the use of residual byproducts from agricultural, industrial, and municipal activities. His work clarifies the availability, transport, and effects of nutrients, trace elements, and organic matter in residuals on plant health, soil properties, and water quality. Greg is a member of the U.S. Composting Council, the Water Environment Federation, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy.

Gary Felton, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science & Technology, University of Maryland, specializes in the fate and transport of nutrients, waste management, and on-farm applications of technology. In particular, his work has focused on poultry litter application, co-composting poultry litter and other wastes, and nutrient fate and transport from poultry litter stockpiles.

Odiney Alvarez-Campos, Ph.D. candidate, School of Plant and Environmental Science, Virginia Tech, is studying the effects of various Exceptional Quality biosolids products on agricultural productivity, soil properties, and N and P cycling in urban soils. She received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Management from EARTH University in Costa Rica, and completed an M.S. degree in Soil and Water Sciences at University of Florida. Odiney is a member of the Soil Science Society of America.

Chenglin Zhu, M.S. candidate, Department of Environmental Science & Technology, University of Maryland, was originally from China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University and transferred to the University of Maryland as an undergraduate student, where he completed a B.S. degree in Soil and Watershed Science. Chenglin is working with Dr. Gary Felton on high quality biosolids application to improve soil physical conditions of simulated road cut soil.

Mike Badzmierowski, Ph.D. candidate, School of Plant and Environmental Science, Virginia Tech, is studying the effects of biosolids on C stabilization, N cycling, soil chemical and physical properties, and turfgrass growth in urban soils. He received a B.S. degree from the Univesity of Rhode Island. Mike is a USDA-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Pre-Doctoral Fellow and member of Soil Science Society of America.







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