Influence of microbial species and functional diversity in soils on pathogen dispersal and ecosystem processes in organic and conventional agroecosystems

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2001: $167,842.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Region: Southern
State: North Carolina
Principal Investigator:
Jean Ristaino
North Carolina State University

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: rye
  • Fruits: berries (strawberries)
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, cucurbits, greens (leafy), peppers, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: herbs


  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement, soil stabilization
  • Pest Management: biological control, biorational pesticides, botanical pesticides, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, mulches - killed, soil solarization
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, composting, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: partnerships, sustainability measures
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.