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Morrill Hall 105

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 3010
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3010

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Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 414
Moscow, ID  83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3010
Moscow, ID  83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6162

Email: ored-ora@uidaho.edu

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Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 209
Moscow, ID  83843

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3020
Moscow, ID  83844-3020

Phone: 208-885-6651

Fax: 208-885-4990

Email: osp@uidaho.edu

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Physical Address:
Morrill Hall 105
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 3003
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

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Earth's Subsoil

Soil is one of our most important natural resources, yet most of the research on this vital part of our ecosystem resides in the top foot of soil. Little is known about deep soil environments and their role in agriculture, carbon sequestration and other processes. An $18.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build a Deep Soil Ecotron facility will enable University of Idaho researchers to explore this uncharted frontier.

The Deep Soil Ecotron will allow researchers to study soil up to 10 feet in depth – depths greater than anywhere else in the world. The facility will house 24 eco-units – huge columns used to study soil cores complete with above-ground plants and below-ground organisms such as insects and microbes. Researchers will be able to control a range of variables including temperature, water and exposure to carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

“Deep soils are probably one of the last research frontiers,” said Michael Strickland, associate professor of microbial ecology in the U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and principal investigator on the project. “Soils are inherently important to life on the planet from supporting plants to driving processes like carbon and nutrient cycling. This facility would enable us to better understand those processes at depth.”

The Ecotron will be housed in the JW Martin Laboratory on the Moscow campus with renovation expected to start in summer 2022.

“We don’t know where the climate trends are going and can’t prepare using past knowledge,” said Zachary Kayler, assistant professor of biogeochemistry and co-lead investigator. “This facility will allow us to perform experiments which will help us plan for those future environmental conditions.”

Physical Address:
Morrill Hall 105

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3010
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6689

Email: vpresearch@uidaho.edu

Web: ORED

Map

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 414
Moscow, ID  83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3010
Moscow, ID  83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6162

Email: ored-ora@uidaho.edu

Web: ORA Website

Map

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 209
Moscow, ID  83843

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3020
Moscow, ID  83844-3020

Phone: 208-885-6651

Fax: 208-885-4990

Email: osp@uidaho.edu

Web: OSP Website

Map

Physical Address:
Morrill Hall 105
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 3003
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Email: ott@uidaho.edu

Web: OTT