Development of a Soil Quality Index to Differentiate Soil Quality Differences in Restored and Natural Prairies as Compared to Row-Crop and Forest Systems in Missouri

Author: Ranjith P. Udawatta, Robert J. Kremer, Stephen H. Anderson, and Harold E. Garrett

Institution and/or Affiliation: University of Missouri 

Abstract:

The results of the study will enhance our knowledge on how prairie ecosystems improve soil physical, chemical, and biological parameters. It is anticipated that the data obtained from the research will be useful in explaining improvements in soil quality, water quality, and environmental quality found with prairie restoration. Data may also be useful for watershed modeling.