Professor Crop and Soil Science

Contact Info
Office: 4302 Williams Hall
Phone: 919.513.4641
Email: Wei_Shi

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Research Areas: Soil Microbiology and Ecology


This research is aimed at a better understanding of biochemical, ecological and physiological functioning of soil and environmental microorganisms. The goal is to develop fundamental knowledge and apply the information obtained to the management for sustaining agricultural production and preserving natural environment. Current research emphasis is on soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration, soil nitrogen transformation kinetics, and microbial community structure and function.

Selected Publications:

Chen, H., Mothapo, N. V., & Shi, W. 2014. The significant contribution of fungi to soil N2O production across diverse ecosystems. Applied Soil Ecology, 73, 70-77.

Liang, S., Grossman, J., & Shi, W. 2014. Soil microbial responses to winter legume cover crop management during organic transition. European Journal of Soil Biology, 65, 15-22.

Tian, L., & Shi, W. 2014. Soil peroxidase regulates organic matter decomposition through improving the accessibility of reducing sugars and amino acids. Biology and fertility of soils, 50(5), 785-794.

Tian, L., & Shi, W. 2014. Short-term effects of plant litter on the dynamics, amount, and stoichiometry of soil enzyme activity in agroecosystems. European Journal of Soil Biology, 65, 23-29.

Barnes, J., Nelson, P., Whipker, B. E., Dickey, D. A., Hesterberg, D., & Shi, W. 2014. Statistical Model for Describing Macronutrient Impacts on Container Substrate pH Over Time. HortScience, 49(2), 207-214.

O’Connell, S., Shi, W., Grossman, J. M., Hoyt, G. D., Fager, K. L., & Creamer, N. G. 2015. Short-term nitrogen mineralization from warm-season cover crops in organic farming systems. Plant and Soil, 1-15.

Chen, H., Mothapo, N. V., & Shi, W. 2015. Soil Moisture and pH Control Relative Contributions of Fungi and Bacteria to N2O Production. Microbial ecology, 69(1), 180-191.

Chen, H., Mothapo, N. V., & Shi, W. 2015. Fungal and bacterial N 2 O production regulated by soil amendments of simple and complex substrates. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 84, 116-126.

Mothapo, N., Chen, H., Cubeta, M. A., Grossman, J. M., Fuller, F., & Shi, W. 2015. Phylogenetic, taxonomic and functional diversity of fungal denitrifiers and associated N2O production efficacy. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 83, 160-175.

Liu, Y., E. Dell, H Emily Dell, H.Y. Yao, T. Rufty, W. Shi, 2011. Microbial and soil properties in bentgrass putting greens: Impacts of nitrogen fertilization rates. Geoderma 162, 215-221.

Richter, B.S., K. Iyors, W. Shi, D.M. Benson D.M., 2011. Cellulase activity as a mechanism for suppression of Phytophthora toot rot in mulches. Phytopathology 101, 223-230.

Yao, H.Y., D. Bowman, W. Shi. 2011. Seasonal variations of soil microbial biomass and activity in warm- and cool-season turfgrass systems. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, in press.

Tian, L., E. Dell, W. Shi, 2010. Chemical composition of dissolved organic matter in agroecosystems: Correlations with soil enzyme activity and carbon and nitrogen mineralization. Applied Soil Ecology 46, 426-435.

Dell, E.A., D. Bowman, T. Rufty, and W. Shi. 2010. The community composition of soil-denitrifying bacteria from a turfgrass environment. Research in Microbiology 161:315-325.

Yao, H.Y., W. Shi, 2010. Soil organic matter stabilization in turfgrass ecosystems: importance of microbial processing. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 42, 642-648.

Hixson, A., W. Shi, J. Weber, F. Yelverton, T. Rufty, 2009. Soil organic matter changes in turfgrass systems affect binding and biodegradation of simazine. Crop Science, 49, 1481-1488

Wherley, B.G., W. Shi, D. Bowman, T. Rufty, 2009. Fate of ^15 N-nitrate applied to a bermudagrass system: assimilation profiles in different seasons. Crop Science 49, 2291-2301s.

Yao, H., D. Bowman, T. Rufty, W. Shi, 2009. Interactions between N fertilization, grass clipping addition and pH in turf ecosystems: implications for soil enzyme activities and organic matter decomposition. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 41, 1425-1432.

Dell, E.A., D. Bowman, T.R. Rufty, W. Shi, 2008. Intensive management affects composition of /Betaproteobacterial/ ammonia oxidizers in turfgrass systems. Microbial Ecology *56, 178-190*.

Iyyemperumal, K., D. Israel, W. Shi. 2008. Soil microbial biomass, activity and potential nitrogen mineralization in a pasture: impact of stock camping activity. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 39, 149-157.

Iyyemperumal, K., J. Green, Jr., D. Israel, N. Ranells, W. Shi, 2008. Soil chemical and microbiological properties in hay production systems: residual effects of contrasting N fertilization of swine lagoon effluent versus ammonium nitrate. Biology and Fertility of Soils *44, 425-434*