SOIL MANAGEMENT AND PLANT PRODUCTIVITY
Be part of the global agroecosystems of production agriculture and horticulture. This specialization is an essential basis for plant science. You learn about soil health, productivity and fertility and the complex, critical interrelationships among soils, water, nutrients and plant roots.
Soils facilitate the life cycle of growth, sustenance and decay. Soils maintain our landscapes, distribute and store water and nutrients, and sustain our environment. They support more life beneath their surface than exists above. In microbiology, soils contain millions of microorganisms that optimize plant growth.
As a soil scientist, you can work in both the office and the field. Evaluate and interpret soils and soil-related data to protect human health and the environment. Research breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and plants to determine their growth in soils. Work for the federal government recommending soil management programs or manage soils for landscape design, mine reclamation, and site restoration. Assess environmental hazards and provide remediation alternatives.