Ilsa Kantola

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Ilsa Kantola
Institute for Genomic Biology
Rm 1400
1206 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, Illinois 61801



I am a soil ecologist with special interest in the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus.  I use field sampling with chemical and isotopic analyses to track nutrients in soil.  I am particularly interested in the degrees and rates of change of soil nutrients in response to vegetation change, in both agricultural and wild settings.

In Illinois, corn production converted prairie and woodland to annual agriculture more than 150 years ago.  The recent introduction of cellulose biofuel crops presents a new shift toward an old regime: perennial grasses with root systems similar to historic prairie grasses.  These grasses have the potential to sequester carbon and conserve nutrients typically lost through corn production while providing feedstocks for energy.  Our research seeks to quantify and compare the effects of annual and perennial grasses on soil carbon and nitrogen stocks and to predict the long-term response of Midwestern soils to biofuel-centered agriculture.

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