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Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center


Sarah L Strauss

Assistant Professor, Ph.D

Soil Microbiology

Dr. Strauss began as an Assistant Professor in Soil Microbiology in 2016. She received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

Her research and extension programs are focused on examining the interactions between soil microbial communities and plant health and productivity in both citrus and vegetable crops.

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Soil Microbiology Team in Action

The latest from the lab of Dr.Sarah Strauss

Federal grant funds UF/IFAS soil health and citrus study

By: Mike Loizzo A team of UF/IFAS researchers is looking into how changes in soil health impact citrus and other sub-tropical tree crops. Specifically, they will examine how quickly soil health can change in Florida’s sub-tropical sandy soils...

New NIFA-funded research to examine cover crops in organic vegetable production systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture just announced funding for a project comprising an interdisciplinary team from the University of Florida. The three-year project, “Quantifying the nitrogen...

Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

IMMOKALEE, Fla. -- Like much of what lies just beneath the earth’s surface, soil microbes present a mystery. University of Florida scientist Sarah Strauss seeks to help untangle the web of intrigue surrounding soil microbes to improve...