Professor of Agronomy/Soil Sciences
BS, 1982, Huazhong Agriculture University
MS, 1987, University of Alberta
PhD, 1993, University of Alberta
NRM 210 - Sustainable Agriculture
NRM 380 - Soil & Environment
NRM 466 - Environmental Soil Chemistry
NRM 480 - Soil Management
- Nutrient management
- soil organic matter
- peony, forage and field crop production in subarctic area
- waste management/composting and land reclamation
Current research programs:
- Soil soluble organic carbon and its dynamics under different land use and management,
- Selecting short growing spring wheat for subarctic area
- Peony nutrient requirement and diagnostic symptoms for nutrient deficiency
- Inorganic and organic fertilizer development
Examples of research support:
Selecting alternative agronomic crops for alaska and assessing climate impact on their production, USDA-Capacity grant $36,000, 2015/2016
Assessing Alaska peony nutrient requirement to reduce production cost and improve competitiveness the cut flower Alaska Division of Agriculture specialty crop grant $24,000 2014/2015
Examples of publications (2011-2015):
Ruairuen, W., G. J. Fochesatto, E. B. Sparrow, W. Schnabel, M. Zhang , Y. Kim. 2015. Evapotranspiration cycles in a high latitude agroecosystem: Potential warming role. PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0137209 September 14, 2015
Zhang, M., He, Z. 2015. Characteristics of dissolved organic carbon revealed by ultraviolet/visible absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy: The current status and future exploration. In: He, H, Wu, F., editors. Labile Organic Matter - Chemical Composition, Functions, and Significance in Soil and the Environment. SSSA Special Publication 62. Madison, WI: Soil Science Society of America. p. 1-22.
Zhang, M., He, Z., Zhao, A. 2015. Water extractable organic carbon and nitrogen affected by crop rotation and fertilizer management. In: He, H, Wu, F., editors. Labile Organic Matter Chemical Composition, Functions, and Significance in Soil and the Environment. SSSA Special Publication 62. Madison, WI: Soil Science Society of America. P. 119-136.
Fei Gao, G.Feng, B.Sharratt, M. Zhang . 2014. Tillage and straw management affect PM10 emission potential in subarctic Alaska. Soil & Tillage Research, 144:1-7.
M. Zhang , A. Zhao, and Z. He. 2014. Distribution and Biodegradability of Water Soluble Organic Carbon and Nitrogen in Subarctic Soils Under Three Different Land Uses. In: Z. He and H. Zhang (eds) “Applied Manure and Nutrient Chemistry for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment”, Springer Science + Business Media Dordrecht. P. 313-332
S. D. Sparrow, M. Zhang, D. Masiak, R. Van Veldhuizen. 2014. Harvest and nitrogen management of three perennial grasses as biomass feedstock in subarctic Alaska Arctic, 67:271-295.
Seefeldt, S. S., R. A. Boydston, P. N. Kaspari, M. Zhang, E. Carr, J. Smeenk, and D. L. Barnes. 2013. Aminopyralid residue impacts on potatoes and weeds. Am. J. Potato Res. DOI 10.1007/s12230-012-9298-4
Zhao, A., Mingchu Zhang, Z. He. 2013. Spectroscopic characteristics and biodegradability of soil cold and hot water extractable organic matter under different land uses in Alaska. Comm.Soil Sci. and Plant Anal. 44:3030-3048.
Anthony, P. M., G. L., Malzer, S. D. Sparrow and M. Zhang. 2012. Corn and Soybean Grain Phosphorus Content Relationship with Soil Phosphorus, Phosphorus Fertilizer, and Crop Yield. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. DOI:10.1080/00103624.2012.750337
P. Anthony, G. Malzer, S. Sparrow, and M. Zhang. 2012. Soybean yield and quality in relation to soil properties. Agron. J. 104:1443–1458.
Aiqin Zhao, Mingchu Zhang. 2012. Size fraction of soil water soluble organic C and N under different land uses in Alaska. Soil Sci. 177:683-694.
D. J. Fielding, E. Trainor and Mingchu Zhang. 2012. Diet influences rates of carbon and nitrogen mineralization from decomposing grasshopper frass and cadavers. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 49:537-544
Peter Anthony, Gary Malzer, Mingchu Zhang, and S. Sparrow. 2012. Soil nitrogen and phosphorus behavior in a long-term fertilization experiment. Agronomy Journal, doi:10.2134/agronj/2012.0020.
Zhao, A., M. Zhang and Z. He. 2012. Characteristics of soil water soluble organic C and N under different land uses in Alaska. Soil Science. 177(12):683-694.
He , Zhongqi, H. Zhang, and M. Zhang. 2011. Irrigation-induced changes in phosphorus fractions of Caribou sandy loam soil under different potato cropping systems. Soil Sci., 176(12):676-683.
Zhang, M. , Zhongqi He, Aiqin Zhao, Dinku M. Endale, and Harry H. Schomberg. 2011. Soil water extractable carbon and nitrogen impacted by tillage and manure application. Soil Science, 176:307-312.
Zhang, Mingchu, S. D. Sparrow, R. V. Veldhuizen, and d. t. masiak. 2011. Soil quality under different land uses in a subarctic environment in Alaska. Journal of Land Use Science 1-1 3.
Fielding, D. and Mingchu Zhang. 2011. Populations of the northern grasshopper, Melanoplus borealis (Orthoptera: Acrididae), in Alaska are rarely food limited. Environ. Entomol. 40(3): 541-548.
Zhang, M., S. S. Malhi, R. Panasuik and B. Henriquez. 2011. Response of turfgrass growth in a black Chernozemic soil amended with municipal solid/biosolid waste compost. Journal of Plant Nutrients . 34:183-205.
He, Z., Zhang, H., Zhang, M . 2011. Irrigation-induced changes in phosphorus fractions of Caribou sandy loam soil under different potato cropping systems. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 176:676-683.
Zhang, M, Z. He, and A. Zhao. 2011. Ultraviolet-visible absorption features of water extractable humic fractions of animal manure and relevant compost. pp 61-82, In Z. He (ed.) Environmental Chemistry of Animal Manure. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Hauppauge, N.Y. USA