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Featured Project

July 11, 2018

Using Compost Tea Fertilizer for Better Athletic Turf Grass

 
What do athletics departments, golf courses, and city parks share in common? They are looking for new alternatives for turf grass maintenance that don't rely on traditional chemical treatments.

This novel research project, led by University of South Carolina's top fertilizer scientists, will apply compost tea in an athletic field turf setting. Compost tea is the nutrient-rich liquid that comes from composted biosolids that fertilizes soil and prevents disease. If it's successful, it could potentially be cheaper and better for the environment.

The project will use remote sensing and digital image processing techniques to measure the vegetative index of the grass, as well direct sampling with microscopy to look for harmful microbes in the compost and beneficial mycorrhizal fungi in the roots. This thesis project should take less than a year is already more than 50% funded.
 

Featured Results

Crowdfunded scientific discoveries

New species of diving petrel identified on remote island of New Zealand

A new species of diving petrel has been identified on Codfish Island, located off the coast of Stewart Island.
 

During the summer of 2016, 155 backers contributed $3,653 for Johannes Fisher to travel to Codfish Island, New Zealand to collect 10 sensing tags deployed among penguins. Johannes and the team suspected these little birds might be a part of an unknown species.
 

They discovered a new species of flying penguin - 250 individuals living on a 1km sand strip.
 

The official name is "Whenua Hou diving petrel" or Pelecanoides whenuahouensis. You can read the official press release issued by the New Zealand Government. The full species description was published last month in the peer-reviewed journal, PLoS ONE.
 

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