Effect of in-field prairie strips on nutrient cycling and biodiversity in crop production systems: A preliminary study

PI: Natasha Rayne

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Natasha Rayne is an associate professor of plant and earth science at UW–River Falls. She specializes in soil science research.

This project seeks to investigate the changes in soil microbial and pollinator populations throughout prairie strips establishment in forage crop production systems. In collaboration with local farmers, prairie strips will be established in their crop fields. These fields will be compared to restored prairies that conservation organizations in west-central Wisconsin have maintained to develop insight into how well they mimic a prairie’s ecosystem functions. 

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