Public invited to soil acidity lecture July 5

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Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hiloo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management invites the public to a talk on soil acidity and the effects on soil health on Wednesday, July 5 at 4 p.m., in UH Hilo’s Science and Technology Building, Room 108.

Dr. Zed Rengel, professor of plant and soil science in the School of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Western Australia, presents “Soil Acidity: What is Happening Down Under?” Rengel will discuss why soils become sour (acidic), what can be done to minimize soil acidification and its adverse effects on soil health, how subsoil acidity is more complicated to address than topsoil acidity, and the impacts of different farming systems and crops. The talk will cover simple guidelines to assist farmer and gardener decisions about the acidification potential of their cropping systems, plant improvement for increased resistance, as well as the adverse effects of acid soils that will be of interest for agriculturalists, farmers, gardeners, and overall soil health and plant root system aficionados.

For further information, contact Dean Bruce Mathews, CAFNRM, at 932-7036.

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