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2013 Sue's photoDr. M. Susan Erich

Research Area: Soil Chemistry


Phone: 207-581-2997

Office: 418 Deering Hall

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Bio: Dr. Erich received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Bethany College in 1976.  She received a M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1984) in Soil Science from Cornell University.  She joined the faculty in 1987.  She is currently a Professor of Soil Chemistry.


PSE 440

PSE 121

Current Research:  My applied research relates to the effects of soil amendments on soil chemical and physical properties.  More basic research investigates the chemistry and formation of soil organic matter, particularly soluble and extractable fractions.  I have investigated the effects of naturally derived organic ligands on the solubility of phosphorus in soils, as well as environmentally and agronomically appropriate soil testing for phosphorus.  I also serve as Director of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Analytical Laboratory and Soil Testing Service.

Recent Publications

Boeira de Oliveira , C.M., Erich, M.S., Gatiboni, L.C., Ohno, T. 2015. Phosphorus fractions and organic matter chemistry under different land use on Humic Cambisols in Southern Brazil. Geoderma Regional 5:140-149.
Phosphorus fractions and OM chemistry-pdf

Bernard, E., Larkin, R. P., Tavantzis, S., Erich, M. S., Alyokhin, A., and Gross, S. D. 2014. Rapeseed Rotation, Compost and Biocontrol Amendments Reduce Soilborne Diseases and Increase Tuber Yield in Organic and Conventional Potato Production Systems. Plant and Soil 374:611–627.

Lannan A.P., M.S. Erich and T. Ohno. 2013. Compost feedstock and maturity level affect soil response to amendment. Biology and Fertility of Soils  49:273–285.

Erich, M.S.,  A.F. Plante, J.M. Fernandez, E.B. Mallory, and T. Ohno. 2012.  Effects of Profile Depth and Management on the Composition of Labile and Total Soil Organic Matter.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 76:408-419.

Bernard, E., R. P. Larkin, S. Tavantzis, M.S.Erich, A. Alyokhin, G. Sewell, A. Lannan, and S.D. Gross. 2012. Compost, Rapeseed  Rotation, and Biocontrol Agents Significantly Impact Soil Microbial Communities in Organic and Conventional Potato Production Systems.  Appl. Soil Ecol. 52:29– 41.

Erich, M. Susan and Hoskins, Bruce M.  2011.  Effects of soil drying on soil pH and nutrient extractability.  Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 42:1167-76.

Waldrip, Heidi M. , He, Zhongqi, and Erich,  M. Susan.  2011.  Effects of poultry manure amendment on phosphorus uptake by ryegrass, soil phosphorus fractions and phosphatase activity.  Biol. Fertil. Soils 47:407–418.

Waldrip-Dail, H., Zhongqi He, M. Susan Erich, and C. Wayne Honeycutt.  2009.  Soil phosphorus dynamics in response to poultry manure amendment.  Soil Sci. 174:195-201.

He, Z., H.W. Waldrip, M.S. Erich, C.W. Honeycutt, and Z.N. Senwo.  2009.  Enzymatic quantification of phytate in animal manure.  Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal.  40: 566-575.

Hoskins, B. and M. Susan Erich. Modification of the Mehlich lime buffer test. 2008. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 39:2270-2281.

Dail, Heidi, W., Zhongqi He, M. Susan Erich, and C. Wayne Honeycutt. 2007. Effect of drying on phosphorus distribution in poultry manure. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 38:1879-1895.

Ohno, T., B.R. Hoskins, and M.S. Erich. 2007. Soil organic matter effects on plant available and water soluble phosphorus. Biol. Fert. Soils 43:683-690.

Schultz, Hillary S., Reeser Manley, William Halteman, M. Susan Erich, Christa R. Schwintzer, and Constance Stubbs. 2006. The effects of kaolin particle film on the Viburnum leaf beetle during container production of Viburnum dentatum under different levels of applied nitrogen. J. Environ. Hort. 25:4-8.

Rice R.W. and M. Susan Erich. 2006. Estimated VOC losses during the drying of six eastern hardwood species. Forest Prod. J. 56:48-51.

He, Zhongqi, Tsutomu Ohno, Barbara J. Cade-Menum, M. Susan Erich and C. Wayne Honeycutt. 2006. Spectral and chemical characterization of phosphates associated with humic substances. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 70:1741-1751.

Piper, A., M.S. Erich, G.A. Porter and T.S. Griffin. 2006. Root growth effects on soluble C and P in manured and non-manured soils. Plant Soil 283:359-372.

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