Oregon State University Solves Three Soil Problems in One Discovery

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

Oregon State University plant pathologist Jennifer Parke was only trying to treat a specific disease in container nurseries, when she ended up solving a lot more growing issues in the process. Her soil solarization research allows farms to trap the sun’s energy under a layer of plastic that heats the soil enough to kill pathogens and weeds. Parke discovered that this process can solve several issues regarding sudden oak death, problems with field nurseries, and difficulties in growing organic vegetables.

Parke realized that using non-condensing film in the solarization process can heat the ground up to 10 degrees Celsius higher than non-solarized plots. This new plastic will allow farms in all kinds of climates to successfully practice soil solarization.

For more information on how her research has solved these issues, read more here.


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