A team of University of Maine at Presque Isle faculty members and students have begun work in the Zillman Family Greenhouse on a research project funded by a $12,333 USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant. The project aims to support Maine potato growers by enhancing the competitiveness of potato rotation crops through cropping system innovations.
The research team is working to determine if mycorrhizal inoculant can improve the seed yield and plant biomass of oat and barley varieties commonly grown in Maine. Mycorrhizae is a naturally-occurring beneficial fungi that enhances plant nutrient absorption.
The project is led by Dr. Larry Feinstein, UMPI Associate Professor of Biology, and Jim Dwyer, UMPI Associate Professor of Agriculture and Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley Chair of Agricultural Science and Agribusiness. The two are heading a team that includes five UMPI students.