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dc.contributorKnight, Alexandra
dc.contributorGlover, Rachael
dc.contributorQuaye, Kobina
dc.contributorRoman, Victoria
dc.contributorYadav, Priyanka
dc.contributorSharma, Kuhuk
dc.contributorGrewal, Sharanbir
dc.contributorIslam, Rafiq
dc.contributorKleinhenz, Matthew
dc.contributor.advisorGrewal, Parwinder
dc.creatorCheng, Zhiqiang
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-24T14:56:16Z
dc.date.available2011-05-24T14:56:16Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1811/48789
dc.description.abstractPost-industrial cities such as Cleveland have accumulated substantial number of vacant lots due to home foreclosures and urban sprawl over the past two decades. Interest in this land has escalated recently due to increased demand for food security in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods. We measured soil physical, chemical, and biological parameters in vacant lots in the Hough neighborhood in Cleveland to assess their suitability for food production. Each lot was divided into three approximately equal sections and nine soil cores were collected from each section. The results revealed huge spatial variability in soil properties within vacant lots. Soil pH ranged from 6.24-7.46 and moisture from 1.5-20.5%. Soil clay content ranged from 4-33%, sand 40-92%, and silt 0-50%. Soil NH4-N ranged from 1.7-21.0 ppm, NO3-N from 2.3-35.3 ppm, microbial biomass from 40.2-245.7 ppm (N), soil organic matter from 2.0-7.0%, and soil active carbon from 413.3-694.8 mg/kg. Thirty-four nematode genera were identified, and nematode abundance ranged from 34 to 988 per sample. Soil active carbon, a rapid soil quality indicator, significantly correlated with other measures of ecosystem condition including NH4-N, microbial biomass, soil organic matter, nematode abundance, maturity index, and combined maturity index. Principle Component Analysis revealed that vacant lots had less structured soil food webs than turfgrass lawns, but not from community gardens and vegetable farms. There were also no differences in nematode abundance, genus diversity, and enrichment index among vacant lots, turfgrass lawns, community gardens and vegetable farms. Our results indicate high potential for food production in urban vacant lots.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUrban Landscape Ecology Program, The Ohio State Universityen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCenter for Urban Environment and Economic Development, The Ohio State Universityen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOARDC Research Internships Program, The Ohio State Universityen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.relationUrban Landscape Ecology Programen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEntomology. Graduate student poster competition, 2011en_US
dc.subjecturban ecologyen_US
dc.subjecturban vacant lotsen_US
dc.subjectcommunity gardensen_US
dc.subjectsoil nematode food weben_US
dc.subjectfood production potentialen_US
dc.subjectsoil productivityen_US
dc.subjectsoil qualityen_US
dc.subjecturban soilsen_US
dc.subjecturban horticultureen_US
dc.titlePredicting food production potential of urban vacant lots through soil qualityen_US
dc.typePresentationen_US
dc.type.genrePosteren_US


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