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UD professors Kniel and Messer look at water reuse for irrigation and consumer response

UD professors Kniel and Messer look at water reuse for irrigation and consumer response

Two University of Delaware professors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), Kali Kniel and Kent Messer, are members of a multidisciplinary team that is dedicating itself to developing innovative, safe and sustainable ways to irrigate food crops in variable climates. The CONSERVE team is led by Amy R. Sapkota of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, and received a $10 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), awarded over a four-year period, to support the CONSERVE Center of Excellence.

CONSERVE (for COordinating Nontraditional Sustainable watER Use in Variable ClimatEs) includes bioscientists, engineers, economists, social-behavioral scientists, law and policy experts, agricultural extension specialists, educational media developers, computer scientists, and public health experts.

CONSERVE team members from the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the University of Delaware, the University of Arizona and the USDA Agricultural Research Service will lead the study, determining the microbial, physical and chemical constituents of reused water to understand what is required to make the water acceptable and safe for irrigation.