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Balancing Soil Health and Food Safety For Organic Fresh Produce Production in Maryland

Investigators
Millner, Patricia
Institutions
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Start date
2017
End date
2020
Objective

1. Advance scientific basis for the wait time between application of raw (untreated) manure and crop harvest for three fresh produce types (tomato, spinach, radish) on USDA-National Organic Program certified farms using field and laboratory experimental approaches in microbiology. 2. With organic growers, conduct on-farm assessments for soil health and analyze response relative to the presence of fecal bacterial pathogens in raw manure, manure-amended soils, and crops grown on several and soil in the mid- produce-growing regions.

Funding Source
Agricultural Research Service
ARS (NP108)
Project source
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Project number
8042-32420-006-22-S
Accession number
433438
Categories
Parasites
Natural Toxins
Viruses and Prions
Bacterial Pathogens
Chemical Contaminants
Commodities
Produce