Soil Biophysicist Receives Second von Humboldt Award

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Alvin Smucker, MAES crop and soil sciences researcher, was honored with his second von Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. He received the award for his research on the biogeochemical mechanisms that control soil carbon sequestration.

As part of the cooperative research associated with the award, Smucker will explore multiple physical, biological and chemical mechanisms controlling soil carbon sequestration of plant rhizosphere compounds that promote the formation and function of soil aggregates. He will partner with biogeochemists at several research institutes in Germany.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually to scientists and scholars from abroad with internationally recognized academic qualifications.

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