Dr. Michael J. Mulvaney
Research: Cropping Systems
While the overarching theme of my research program is to increase the sustainability of cropping systems in the Southeast, the main focus of my program is to develop improved integrated crop fertility management tools and technologies. Much of my work centers on nutrient mineralization and improved nutrient synchronization to increase nutrient use efficiency and reduce losses to the environment. My work incorporates enhanced efficiency fertilizers, improved irrigation strategies that optimize nutrient uptake and yield, precision agriculture applications, crop physiological responses to fertility, and the predictive potential of nutrient status on yield and yield components (such as seed quality in peanut). In cases where emerging crops are of interest, such as sesame and carinata, much of my research is more basic, such as the development of nutrient uptake patterns to identify temporal nutrient demand and sinks.
Although my focus is on crop fertility, my program remains responsive to critical industry needs. This necessitates research on critical topics that affect existing and novel cropping systems for the region, such as disease management, genotype evaluation, basic agronomy, phenology tracking for modeling purposes, precision agriculture applications, and re-calibration of soil test extractants.