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Our goal is to generate information and technologies to encourage efficient management of resources and resiliency of grassland agriculture. Forages and grasslands play a key role supporting pasture-based livestock systems and providing multiple ecosystem services to society.  We focus on applied and basic approaches to understand plant-animal-soil interactions in the environment.

Pictures of several activities

Ongoing research is focused on, but not limited to:

  • Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy as a tool for rapid determination of plant-, soil-, and animal-responses.
  • Assessment of silvopastoral systems in the Peruvian Amazon (website Silvopastures Peru).
  • Establishment and defoliation management effects on cool-season grass-legume mixtures.
  • Utilization of swine effluent and poultry litter as nutrient sources for forage and bioenergy production.