The soils faculty of LSU is both diverse and comprehensive, covering all major areas of soil science research and teaching. Faculty in the soils program at LSU include:
Have your soil and plant material tested so you can optimize fertilization and soil amendment.
Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Laboratory (STPAL)
|Soil and mineral exhibit, Sturgis Hall room 330|
The School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Science (SPESS) houses an impressive collection of geologic specimens, soil monoliths and historical soil surveys.
Please contact Dr. Walsh if you are interested in visiting the Soil and Mineral Exhibit at Sturgis Hall.
Most LSU soils faculty hold joint research appointments with the LSU AgCenter.
Research is conducted in state-of-theart laboratories in Sturgis Hall, field research stations and in cooperation with private landowners across Louisiana.
Major instrumentation available through our department includes inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), ion chromatograph, total organic carbon analyzer, gas chromatograph (GC), high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatograph with mass spectrometer (GCMS) and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer.
Many LSU soils faculty are involved in statewide, national and international research efforts in collaboration with faculty from other universities and state and federal governmental agencies. Such investigations are often the product of successful external grants at all levels. Findings from research studies are published in nationally renowned peer reviewed journals such as the Soil Science Society of America Journal, Journal of Environmental Quality, and Soil Survey Horizons, and others.
For information on specific research projects please visit the individual faculty member's web page.
Best Management Practices
Best Management Practices (BMPs) are used by agricultural producers to control the generation or delivery of pollutants from agricultural activities to water resources of the state, thereby preventing degradation of surface and groundwater. Each BMP is a culmination of years of research and demonstrations conducted by agricultural research scientists and soil engineers.
BMP manuals for agronomic crops, aquaculture, beef, dairy, poultry, rice, sugarcane, sweet potatoes and swine.
Weeds scientists with the LSU AgCenter develop better management techniques for weeds that combine chemical, cultural and mechanical control methods to minimize yield reduction as well as harvest efficiency problems associated with weed competition. This collaborative team approach uses both research and extension activities to develop cost-effective and environmentally sound management strategies to help sustain agricultural production within the state.
Weed Science Research and Extension