The Editors

Jack E. Rechcigl is a Professor of Soil and Environmental Sciences at the University of Florida and is located at the Research and Education Center in Ona, FL. He received his B.S. degree (1982) in Agriculture from the University of Delaware, Newark, DE and his M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees in Soil Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg,VA. Hejoined the faculty ofthe University of Florida in 1986 as Assistant Professor, in 1991 was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 1996 attained Full Professorship. In 1999, he was named a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor. Dr. Rechcigl has authored over 200 publications, including contributions to books, monographs, and articles in periodicals in the fields of soil fertility, environmental quality, and water pollution. His research has been supported by research grants totaling over $3 million from both private sources and government agencies. Dr. Rechcigl has been a frequent speaker at national and international workshops and conferences and has consulted in various countries, including Canada, Brazil, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Philippines, France, and the Czech Republic. He also serves on a number of national and international boards, including the University of Cukurova Mediterranean International Center for Soils and Environment Research in Turkey.

He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Agriculture and Environment Book Series, Associate Editor of the Soil and Crop Science Society Proceedings, and until recently Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality. Most recently he has edited Insect Pest Management: Techniques for Environmental Protection (Lewis Publishers, 2000), Environmentally Safe Approaches to Crop Disease Control (Lewis Publishers and CRC Press, 1997), Soil Amendments: Impacts on Biotic Systems (Lewis Publishers and CRC Press, 1995), and Use of By-Products and Wastes in Agriculture (American Chemical Society, 1997). He is also serving as an invitational reviewer of manuscripts and grant proposals for scientific journals and granting agencies.

Dr. Rechciglis a member of the American Chemical Society, Soil Science Society ofAmericaAmericanSocietyolAgronomy,InternationalSoiBcienceSociety,Czech-oslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, various trade organizations, and the honorary societies of Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Sigma, and Gamma Beta Phi.

Dr. Rechcigl has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sigma Xi Research Award, University of Philippines Research Award, University of Florida Research Honor Award, and University of Florida Research Achievement Award. Most recently he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, and the recipient of Honorary Professorship from the Czech Agricultural University in Prague.

Nancy A. Rechcigl holds the position of entomologist with Yoder Bros. Inc., Parrish, FL, specializing in plant disease and entomological problems of flo-ricultural crops. Prior to joining Yoder Bros., Nancy worked for the University of Florida (1989-1994) as a County Horticultural Agent, providing diagnostic services and information on cultural practices and pest management to horticultural, landscape, and pest control industries. As an Extension Agent she was also responsible for supervising the County Master Gardener Program, providing instructional classes and operating a Plant Clinic that was popular with the urban community. From 1986 to 1989, she worked for Ball PanAm Inc., Parrish, FL as a Plant Pathologist responsible for the disease certification program of ornamental plants.

Over the past 12 years, Ms. Rechcigl has given numerous lectures on the identification and control of disease and pest problems of turf and ornamentals. In addition to writing a weekly gardening column "Suncoast Gardening" for the urban community, she frequently contributes articles to local trade and professional journals. Most recently she has co-edited the books Environmentally Safe Approaches to Crop Disease Control (Lewis Publishers and CRC Press, 1997), and Insect Pest Management: Techniques for Environmental Protection (Lewis Publishers, 2000).

Ms. Rechcigl received her B.S. degree (1983) in Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware, Newark, DE. She did her graduate work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA, receiving her M.S. degree in 1986, specializing in Plant Virology.

Ms. Rechcigl is an active member of the American Phytopathological Society, Entomological Society of America, Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association, Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, and the Honorary Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

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