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Speranzini, Donna, MSc. F.

Horticulture Specialist

Contact Information:

4902 Victoria Ave. N.
PO Box 6000
Vineland Station, Ontario L0R 2E0
Telephone: 905-562-2031
Email: donna.speranzini@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Horticulture production systems
  • Nitrogen and phosphorus management
  • Whole farm water management and on-farm water treatment
  • Knowledge and technology transfer
  • Applied research and demonstration

Current Projects:

  • Application of environmental metrics to horticulture production systems in Ontario
  • Technology transfer of Integrated Potato Project research

Research publications

2015

2014

Other science related publications

2016

  • Joosse, P., Reid, K., Huffman, T. Speranzini, D. Feisthauer, N. 2016. "Production system capacity for soil and nutrient management in the Canadian Lake Erie basin" in Proceedings of the 14th European Society for Agronomy Congress, Edinburgh, Sept 5-9.

2015

  • Joosse, P., Speranzini, D., Reid, K., Huffman, E.C., and Feisthauer, N. (2015). "Defining and analyzing agricultural production systems to determine the capacity to make soil and nutrient management improvements in the Canadian Lake Erie Basin.", 70th Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference, Greensboro, NC, USA, July 26-29, 2015.
  • Kessel, C., Németh, D., McDonald, M.R., O'Halloran, I.P., Speranzini, D., and Zhang, T.Q. (2015). "Phosphorus variance in cultivated organic soils under vegetable production in Ontario.", Canadian Soil Science Society (IUSS-CSSS-AQSSS) Conference, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 5-10, 2015.
  • Speranzini, D., Li, V., Joosse, P., Feisthauer, N., Reid, K., Jamieson, A.R., and Handyside, P. (2015). "Calculating Environmental Sustainability Metrics for Ontario Horticultural Production Systems.", Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. (Poster)
  • Speranzini, D., Rozema, E.A., and Visser, B. (2015). "Wastewater Management on Horticultural Farms.", Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. (Poster)

2014

  • Combe, M.J., Reynolds, A.G., Carter, K., Handyside, P., Shortt, R., Morrison, W., and Speranzini, D. (2014). Water Resource Adaptation Management Initiative Evaluating Irrigation Water Use Efficiency in Vineyards - Prepared for Farm and Food Care Ontario. (Report)
  • Huber, A., Nemeth, D., Morrison, W., Handyside, P., Robinson, W., West, J., and Speranzini, D. (2014). Evaluation of pathogen removal by denitrification bioreactors and constructed wetlands under Ontario conditions to promote water reuse and good management. Prepared for Farm & Food Care Ontario. (Report)
  • West, J., Llewellyn, J., Shortt, R., and Speranzini, D. (2014). "Improving Irrigation Efficiencies At Container Nurseries Through A Water Balance Study." (Factsheet)
  • West, J., Llewellyn, J., Shortt, R., and Speranzini, D. (2014). Outdoor Container Nursery Production Water Use Efficiency and Best Practices Benchmarking Study. Prepared for Farm & Food Care Ontario. (Report)

2013

  • Kessel, C., Brown, W., Fraser, H., Khosla, S., Llewellyn, J., Nemeth, D., Taylor, T., Feisthauer, N., and Speranzini, D. (2013). "Self-Assessment and Best Management Practices for Water and Fertilizer Use in Greenhouse Vegetable Production." (Technology transfer)

2012

  • Zhang, T.Q., Zheng, Z.M., Kessel, C., Tan, C.S., O'Halloran, I.P., Reid, D.K., and Speranzini, D. (2012). "Development of an Environmental soil P Test for Muck (Organic) Soils.", 2012 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, USA, October 21-24, 2012, #164-13. (Abstract)
  • Zhang, T.Q., Zheng, Z.M., Wen, G., Kessel, C., Tan, C.S., O'Halloran, I.P., Reid, D.K., Nemeth, D., and Speranzini, D. (2012). Development of agronomic and environmental soil phosphorus testing methods for organic (muck) soils. Report to Environment Canada, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, and Ontario Agriculture Federation (Lake Simcoe Clean-up Program). (Report)

2009

  • Zhang, T.Q., Hu, Q.C., Wang, Y.T., Tan, C.S., O'Halloran, I.P., Drury, C.F., Reid, D.K., Ball Coelho, B.R., Ma, B.-L., Welacky, T.W., Reynolds, W.D., Lauzon, J.D., Speranzini, D., MacDonald, I.K., and Patterson, G. (2009). Determination of some key factors for Ontario soil P index and effectiveness of manure application practices for mitigating risk to water resource. Final report to OMAFRA-MOE Joint Research Program on Nutrient management., OMAFRA-MOE. (Report)
  • Zhang, T.Q., Hu, Q.C., Wang, Y.T., Tan, C.S., O'Halloran, I.P., Drury, C.F., Reid, D.K., Ball Coelho, B.R., Ma, B.-L., Welacky, T.W., Reynolds, W.D., Lauzon, J.D., Speranzini, D., MacDonals, I., and Patterson, G. (2009). "Determination of some key factors for Ontario soil P index and effectiveness of manure application practices for mitigating risk to water resource.", Nutrient Management Joint Research Program, OMAFRA, Guelph, ON, Canada, March 10, 2009, Report NM8002.
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