Research in soils and the environments in which woody plants grow helps us to create strategies that mitigate woody plant stress and boost recovery after stress events. Further, we can identify plant selections that possess traits which make them adaptable to the changing environment.
Strategies and Processes for Soil RemediationWe assess ways of improving soil biotic and abiotic quality, structure, and nutritional quality for trees and shrubs in sub-optimal soil conditions.
Alleviation of Micronutrient DeficienciesWe research treatments, such as root flare injections and soil amendment, and products, such as pH-modifiers, that can relieve micronutrient deficiencies and maximize tree vigor.
Carbohydrate Metabolism and Woody Plant StressWe study how woody plants use carbohydrates during stress events, ways to minimize their loss, and how plants recover these reserves afterwards. We use these insights to develop techniques that maximize plant recovery.
Species Diversity and ResiliencyWe examine woody plant selections that exhibit traits which make them adaptable and resilient to the changing environment.
Abiotic Stress ManagementWe evaluate ways of managing trees under abiotic stress such as from high soil salt levels, flooding, or drought conditions.