Funded project details, investigators, and partners.

Smart tillage to reduce N2O emission from organic agriculture

USDA-NIFA ORG 2019 - 2022. Award# 2019-51106-30189. PI: Armen R. Kemanian Co-PIs: Felipe Montes, Jason P. Kaye and Ron Hoover. Funded by the USDA NIFA, this project seeks to use smart tillage to reduce N2O emissions from organic systems relying on incorporating manure and cover crops.

Development of UAS imaging to complement genomics-assisted breeding of shrub willow for improved yield and pest resistance

USDA-NIFA 2018 - 2021. PI (Penn State) Armen R. Kemanian, co-PI Sarah Wurzbacher. Award to Cornell (PI Larry Smart) Using UAV based imaging, this project seeks to quickly phenotype willow cultivars and monitor pests, weeds and other agronomic variables of interest to advance shrub willow cultivation.

Polycultures: Using biodiversity to increase crop productivity and resiliency while reducing the agrochemical footprint of agricultural systems

USDA-NIFA Foundational Program 2016 - 2021. Award# 2016-67019-25209. PI John Tooker, Co-PIs: Armen R. Kemanian and Gregory Roth Polycultures and managed biodiversity can improve corn silage and wheat productivity, resilience to abiotic and biotic stresses, and the environment.

Enabling sustainable landscape design for continual improvement of operating bioenergy supply systems

DoE Bioenergy Technologies Office / 2015-2021. PI (Penn State) Tom Richard, Co-PI: Armen R. Kemanian. DoE Award to Antares Group Incorporated (PI Kevin Comer). Smart landscape placement of perennial biomass and bioenergy crops and reduces fertilizer inputs where not needed can improve the economic and environmental metrics of production systems.

CNH-L NSF: Feedbacks among land-use decision making, lake associations and water quality in lake catchments

NSF Coupled Natural and Human Systems / 2016-2018.

US-Italy IRES-NSF: International Research Experience for Students

NSF / 2014-17. Project Directors: Armen Kemanian and Laura Leites

Reduced-Tillage Organic System Experiments (ROSE)

USDA, 2014 - 2019. This project focuses on the science and management of organic systems.

Center for Integrated Multi-Scale Nutrient Pollution Solutions (CNS)

USEPA / 2013-16. This project focuses on the physical science, institutional action and community involvement needed to conserve and restore ecosystem services in agriculturally intense watersheds.

Strengthening farm operator capacity for strategic management of cropping system adaptation to climate change

USDA / 2013-2020. This project uses the power of simulation modeling to provide farm operators information useful for adaptive management.

Northeast Woody/Warm Season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio)

USDA / 2012-17. Project Director: Tom Richard, Director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment.

Production and Life-Cycle Assessment of Switchgrass Across the Heterogeneous Landscape of the Northeast

USDOT / 2011-14. Project Director: Armen Kemanian.

Genetic Improvement for Yield and Establishment of Short Rotation Woody Biomass Crops on Marginal Lands

USDOT / 2011-14. PI: Larry Smart, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University.

Mechanistic Modeling of Multispecies Pasture Growth and Management

USDA / 2012-14. Project Director: Armen Kemanian. This project seeks to improve our understanding of the competition for resources in plant communities with mixed species.

Biologically Based Fertilizer Recommendations to Meet Yield Expectations and Preserve Water Quality

USDA / 2013-17. This project seeks to improve nutrient management in corn in the mid-Atlantic region.