6/30/2013- Come out and volunteer at the Agroecology Education Farm! Summer volunteer hours are every Wed and Sunday 1-6pm, check out the facebook page for directions and more information.

6/25/2013- NCSU Agroecology Education Farm has a Facebook page! Check us out at and stay informed of what’s happening at the Agroecology Education Farm.

6/1/2013- NEW National Sustainable Strawberry Initiative grant received! Congrats to graduate student Amanda McWhirt on her efforts in receiving this new grant!


The Mycorrhiza lab is under the direction of Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno in the Department of Crop Science and North Carolina State University.

The research we focus on is to understand the ecology, benefits and sustainable management of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agroecosystems.

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are ancient and ubiquitous, forming mutualistic associations with over 80% of plant species examined in the world. AMF can increase plant growth and survival through enhancing nutrient uptake, protecting plants against stresses from drought and pest damage and can improve soil quality through enhancing soil aggregation and biological interactions. AMF are critical belowground components in all agricultural systems and particularly in sustainable agriculture.

General themes we investigate in this lab are:

  • Understanding the various crop and agroecosystem benefits from AMF.
  • Examining integrated agricultural practices for enhanced AMF functioning, especially for sustainable strawberry production.
  • How large and small scale agricultural practices impact AMF community diversity.
  • How AMF interact with other important soil organisms, both beneficial and pathogenic organisms.

Selected Publications


  • Schroeder-Moreno, M., S. Clark, C. Byker, X. Zhao. 2012. Internationalizing sustainable agriculture education. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. 2(3):55-68.
  • Jacobsen, K., K. Niewolny, M. Schroeder-Moreno, M. Van-Horn, M. Williams, D. Parr. 2012. Creating sustainable agriculture education programs: A land-grant university mission. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. 2(3):13-26.
  • Schroeder-Moreno, M.S. 2010. Enhancing Active and Interactive Learning Online - Lessons Learned from an Online Introductory Agroecology Course. NACTA. 54(1) 21-30.
  • Creamer, N.G., J.P. Mueller, C. Reberg-Horton, M. Schroeder-Moreno, S. Washburn, and J. O'Sullivan. 2009. Center for Environmental Farming Systems: Designing and Institutionalizing an Integrated Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program. In: Organic Farming: The Ecological System; Francis, C (ed.), Agronomy Monograph 54, American Society of Agronomy (ASA).
  • Schroeder, M.S., N.G. Creamer, H.M Linker, J.P. Mueller, and P. Rzewnicki. 2006. Interdisciplinary and multi-level approach to organic and sustainable agriculture education at North Carolina State University. 2006. HortTechnology. 16(3):418-426.


  • Schroeder-Moreno, M.S, T.L. Greaver, S. Wang, S. Hu, T.W. Rufty. 2012. Mycorrhizal-mediated nitrogen acquisition in switchgrass under elevated temperatures and nitrogen enrichment. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. 4:266-276.
  • Garland, B, M. Schroeder-Moreno, G. Fernandez, N. Creamer. 2011. Influence of Summer Cover Crops and Mycorrhizal Fungi on Strawberry Production in the Southeastern United States. HortScience. 46(7):985-991.
  • Schroeder-Moreno, M.S., D.P. Janos. 2008. Intra- and interspecific density affects plant growth responses to arbuscular mycorrhizas. Botany. 86:1180-1193.
  • Schroeder, M.S. and D.P. Janos. 2005. Plant growth, phosphorus nutrition, and root morphological responses to arbuscular mycorrhizas, phosphorus fertilization, and intraspecific density. Mycorrhiza. 15(3):203-216.
  • Schroeder, M.S. and D.P. Janos. 2004. Phosphorus and intraspecific density alter plant responses to arbuscular mycorrhizas. Plant and Soil. 264:335-348.
  • Janos, D.P., M. Schroeder, B. Schaffer, and J. Crane. 2001. Arbuscular mycorrhizas stimulate the growth of air-layered Litchi chinensis Sonn. trees. Plant and Soil. 233:85-94.
  • Carpenter, L.F., S. Palacios-Mayorga, E. Gonzalez-Quintero, and M. Schroeder. 2001. Land use and erosion of a Costa Rican ultisol affect soil chemistry, mycorrhizal fungi and early regeneration. Forest Ecology and Management. 144:1-17.

Dr. Schroeder-Moreno's Curriculum Vitae