OARDC Compost Research Group

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Engineer processes for efficient conversion of dairy and swine production wastes into composts and other value-added and stable products that reduce liquid use and air pollution.

Microbial Ecology

Develop DNA/RNA based analytical tools for the investigation of microbial community structure and function in composts, waste treatment processes and amended soils.

Biological Processes

Improve the processing of agricultural and industrial byproducts through the development of new or improved bioprocessing technologies. 


Characterize the effects of composting and other waste management processes on xenobiotic chemical fates, plant disease suppressive microorganisms, biodegradable plastics and human and animal pathogens.

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