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CHEMISTRY | Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

Effect of Organic Farming on Quality and nutritional characteristics of Processing Tomato

The research was carried out to evaluate the effect of organic managenent on fresh and processed tomatoes (purea and pelati) in terms of yield and qualitative properties including proteome profile to identify possible stress response.

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Mobility and Phytoavailability of Nutrients in the Soil

Studies on mobility and phytoavailability of nutrients in the soil and their adsorption on soil and its organic and inorganic compounds (clay, Al and Fe oxides), etc.

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Mycorrhizal Fungi for Sustainable Agriculture

Main aim of this research is to optimize the management of fertilizers by the use of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) in the production of feed (maize and sorgum). Mycorrhizae could improve water and nutrition efficiency reducing production costs related to fertilizer and water, and reduce the environmental impact of chemicals. The use of Mycorrhizae in open field, and not in greenhouses or in small plots, is the innovation of this experiment.

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Recovery of Chemical and Biochemical Soil Fertility

The research dealed with the recovery of chemical and biochemical fertility of agricultural soils treated with different organic amendments. Bioindicators such as soil enzymes were used as useful tool to evaluate the response of sois to this agricultural management.

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Soil Enzymes as Bioindicators of Soil Fertility

This topic dealed with the use of soil enzymes as bioindicators of soil quality. This tool was applied to different agricultural soils upon the addition of organic amendments or agricultural wastes to asses the response of soil properrties to organic amendments.

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