Natural Resources

Finding new ways to ensure that our abundant natural resources will be available for future generations by addressing issues of sustainability and environmental quality, from water quality to soil health.

Current Research

Conservation management helps sustain natural resources

The relationship between environmental sustainability and Alabama’s production agriculture sector is the focus of work being led by College of Agriculture faculty member and AAES researcher Julie Howe. Along with team partners in Georgia and Florida, Howe is examining how the use of conservation management practices in crop production—such as minimal or no tillage, winter cover cropping and incorporation of organic matter into soils—affect soil fertility and the environment in general.

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Sustaining our natural environment

More than 30 unique AAES studies are addressing issues of environmental quality and sustainability. From water quality to bioproduct development to the carbon sequestration potential of Alabama soils, the projects address a wide range of natural resource-related concerns.

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Helping farmers slow the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds

Discipline and a pro-active attitude are requirements if farmers hope to slow the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds on Alabama cropland. That’s the message being carried by Auburn’s team of researchers and Extension specialists who are traveling to communities throughout the state in an effort to help producers battle a problem that is becoming increasingly severe.

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