Mingchu Zhang

Professor of Agronomy/Soil Sciences


Zhang

Contact information:
Phone: 907-474-7004
Fax: 907-474-6184
Location: 321 O'Neill Building
Email: mzhang3@alaska.edu

Curriculum vitae:
BS, 1982, Huazhong Agriculture University
MS, 1987, University of Alberta
PhD, 1993, University of Alberta

Courses:

NRM 210 - Sustainable Agriculture

NRM 380 - Soil & Environment

NRM 466 - Environmental Soil Chemistry

NRM 480 - Soil Management

Research interests:

  • Nutrient management
  • soil organic matter
  • peony, forage and field crop production in subarctic area
  • waste management/composting and land reclamation

Current research programs:

  1. Soil soluble organic carbon and its dynamics under different land use and management,
  2. Selecting short growing spring wheat for subarctic area
  3. Peony nutrient requirement and diagnostic symptoms for nutrient deficiency
  4. 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

 
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