Dr. Francis Zvomuya

Francis Zvomuya

Research Interests:

  • Wetland-based and terrestrial phytoremediation of decommissioned municipal lagoons
  • Phytoremediation of multi-trace element contaminated organic soils using native plants and high biomass crops
  • Antimicrobial behavior and attenuation in environmental media
  • Organic amendment effects on reclamation quality of long-term stockpiled soil
  • Recovered struvite as a phosphorus source for crops
  • Agronomic value of separated solids from liquid hog manure
  • Drilling waste (from petroleum industry) management



  • University of Minnesota, USA
  • University of Reading, UK
  • University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe


Teaching Responsibilities:

SOIL 4130 – Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy
SOIL 4500 – Remediation of Contaminated Land

ANSC 7500 – Methodology in Agricultural and Food Sciences
SOIL 7250 – Non-traditional Quantitative Techniques in Soil Science Research
SOIL 7220 – Principles of Scientific Research
SOIL 7130 – Soil Chemistry

Graduate Students:

Ike Agomoh (PhD)
Theresa Adesanya (PhD)
Geethani Archchilage (PhD)
Justice Zhanda (MSc)

Inoka Amarakoon (PhD)
Adenike Hassan (Msc)
Nicholson Jeke (MSc)
Yeukai Katanda (MSc)
Jorden Laskosky (MSc)
Ike Agomoh (MSc)
Alison Murata (MSc)
Waraidzo Chiyoka (MSc)



Inoka Amarakoon




Chathurika, J., D. Kumaragamage, F. Zvomuya, O.O. Akinremi, D. Flaten, S. Indraratne, and W. Dandeniya. 2016. Woodchip biochar with or without synthetic fertilizers affects soil properties and available phosphorus in two alkaline Chernozemic soils. Can. J. Soil Sci. 91: doi: 10.1139/CJSS-2015-094.

Ackerman, J., F. Zvomuya, and N. Cicek. 2016. Anaerobic storage of commercial pig manures to dissolve phosphorus for struvite precipitation. Appl. Eng. Agric. 32:285-292.

Amarawansha, G., D. Kumaragamage, D. Flaten, F. Zvomuya, and M. Tenuta. 2016. Predicting phosphorus release from anaerobic, alkaline, flooded soils. J. Environ. Qual. 45:1452-1459.

Jeke, N., A. Hassan, and F. Zvomuya. 2016. Phytoremediation of biosolids from an end-of-life municipal lagoon using cattail (Typha latifolia L.) and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.). Int. J. Phytorem. 18: doi:10.1080/15226514.

Jeke, N., F. Zvomuya, and L. Ross. 2016. Accumulation and partitioning of biomass, nutrients, and trace elements in switchgrass for phytoremediation of municipal biosolids. Int. J. Phytorem. 18:892-899.

Adesanya, T., O.O. Akinremi, and F. Zvomuya. 2016. Physical properties of an Orthic Black Chernozem after five years of liquid and solid pig manure application. Can. J. Soil Sci. 96:145-153.

Amarakoon, I.D., Zvomuya, F., Sura, S., Larney, F.J., Cessna, A.J., Xu, S. and McAllister, T.A.  2016. Dissipation of antimicrobials in feedlot manure compost after oral administration versus fortification after excretion.  J. Environ. Qual. 45:503-510.

Katanda, Y., Zvomuya, F., Flaten, D.N. and Cicek, N.  Hog manure-recovered struvite as a phosphorus fertilizer for canola and wheat: effects on biomass yield and phosphorus use efficiencies.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 80:135-146.


Eragoda Amarawansha, G., Kumaragamage, D., Flaten, D.N.,  Zvomuya, F. and Tenuta, M.  2015.  Phosphorus Mobilization from Manure-Amended and Unamended Alkaline Soils to Overlying Water during Simulated Flooding  J. Environ. Qual. 44:1252-1262

Jeke, N.N., Zvomuya, F. and Ross, L. 2015.  Moisture Effects on Nitrogen Availability in Municipal Biosolids from End-of-Life Municipal Lagoons J. Environ. Qual. 44:1883-1891.

Jeke, N.N., F. Zvomuya, N. Cicek, L. Ross, and P. Badiou.  2015.  Biomass, nutrient, and trace element accumulation and partitioning in cattail (Typha latifolia L.) during wetland phytoremediation of municipal biosolids. J. Environ. Qual. 44:1541-1549.

Jeke, N.N., Zvomuya, F. Cicek, N., Ross, L. and Badiou. P. 2015.  Biomass, Nutrient, and Trace Element Accumulation and Partitioning in Cattail (Typha latifolia L.) during Wetland Phytoremediation of Municipal Biosolids. J. Environ. Qual. 44: 5: 1541-1549.

Gupta, S.C., Kessler, A.C., Brown, M.K., Zvomuya, F. 2015.  Climate and agricultural land use change impacts on streamflow in the upper midwestern United States. Water Resources Research 51: 5301-5317.



Amarakoon, I.D., F. Zvomuya, A.J. Cessna, D. Degenhardt, F.J. Larney, and T.A. McAllister.  2014.  Runoff  losses of excreted chlortetracycline, sulfamethazine, and tylosin from surface-applied and soil-incorporated beef cattle feedlot manure.  J. Environ. Qual. 43:549–557.

Chiyoka, W.L., F. Zvomuya, and X. Hao. 2014. A bioassay of nitrogen availability in soils amended with solid digestate from anaerobically digested beef cattle feedlot manure. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. doi:10.2136/sssaj2013.01.0030.

Chiyoka, W.L., F. Zvomuya, and X. Hao. 2014. Changes in nitrogen availability in Chernozemic soils amended with anaerobically digested cattle manure. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. doi:10.2136/sssaj2013.07.0297.

Tkachuk, V. L.; Krause, D. O.; Knox, N. C.; Hamm, A. C.; Zvomuya, F.; Ominski, K. H.; McAllister, T. A.  2014. Targeted 16S rRNA high-throughput sequencing to characterize microbial communities during composting of livestock mortalities.  Journal of Applied Microbiology 116(5):1181-1194.

Gao, X., M. Tenuta, K.E. Buckley, F. Zvomuya, and K. Ominski. 2014. Greenhouse gas emissions from pig slurry applied to forage legumes on a loamy sand soil in south central Manitoba. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 94:149-155.

Sheikhhosseini, A., M. Shirvania, H. Shariatmadari, F. Zvomuya and B. Najafic. 2014. Kinetics and thermodynamics of nickel sorption to Ca-palygorskite and Ca-sepiolite: a batch study. Geoderma 217:111-117.



Ackerman, J. N., Zvomuya, F., Cicek, N. and Flaten, D. 2013.  Evaluation of manure-derived struvite as a phosphorus source for canola. Can. J. Plant Sci. 93: 419–424.

Tkachuk, V.L., D.O. Krause, N.C. Knox, A.C. Hamm, F. Zvomuya, K.H. Ominski, and T.A. McAllister. 2014. Targeted 16S rRNA high-throughput sequencing to characterize microbial communities during composting of livestock mortalities. J Appl Microbiol 116:1181-1194.



Kumaragamage, D., D. N. Flaten, O.O. Akinremi, C.A. Sawka, D. Ige, and F. Zvomuya 2012. Impact of Manure Phosphorus Fractions on Phosphorus Loss from Manured Soils after Incubation.  J. Env. Qual.  41:845-854

Zvomuya, F. and A.P. Murata. 2012. Soil contamination and remediation. In Encyclopedia of Environmetrics, Second Edition, A.-H. El-Shaarawi and W. Piegorsch (eds).  John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, pp. 2498-2504.



Chiyoka, W.L., X. Hao, F. Zvomuya, and X. Li. 2011. Nitrous oxide emissions from Chernozemic soils amended with anaerobically digested beef cattle feedlot manure: a laboratory study. Animal Feed Sci. Technol. 166-167:492-502.

Zvomuya, F., F.J. Larney, W.D. Willms, A.F. Olson, R.K. Beck, and P.R. DeMaere. 2011. Vegetation response to a one-time spent drilling mud application to semiarid, mixed-grass prairie. Rangeland Ecol. Manag. 64:375-383.

Shymko, J., A. Farenhorst, and F. Zvomuya. 2011. Polynomial Response of 2,4-D Mineralization to Temperature in Soils at Varying Soil Moisture Contents, Slope Positions and Depths. J. Environ. Sci. Health B 46:301-12.

Kumaragamage, D., D.N. Flaten, O.O. Akinremi, C.A. Sawka, and F. Zvomuya. 2011. Soil test phosphorus changes and phosphorus runoff losses in incubated soils treated with livestock manures and synthetic fertilizer. Can J. Soil Sci. 91:375-384.



Caron, E., A. Farenhorst, F. Zvomuya, J. Gaultier, N. Rank, T. Goddard, and C. Sheedy. 2010. Sorption of four estrogens by surface soils from 41 cultivated fields in Alberta, Canada. Geoderma 155:19-30.



Zvomuya, F., F.J. Larney, P.R. DeMaere, and A.F. Olson. 2009. Hydraulic properties of a sandy loam soil following spent drilling mud application on native prairie. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 73:1108-1112.

Johnson, H.O., S.C. Gupta, A.V. Vecchia, and F. Zvomuya. 2009. Assessment of water quality trends in the Minnesota River using non-parametric and parametric methods. J. Environ. Qual. 38:1018-1030.



Zvomuya F., F.J. Larney, S.M. McGinn, A.F. Olson, and W.D. Willms. 2008. Surface albedo and soil heat flux changes following drilling mud application to a semiarid, mixed-grass prairie. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 72:1217-1225.

Zvomuya, F., H.H. Janzen, F.J. Larney, and B.M. Olson. 2008. A Long-term field bioassay of soil quality indicators in a semi-arid environment. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 72:683-692.

Larney, F.J., A.F. Olson, J.J. Miller, P.R. DeMaere, F. Zvomuya, and T.A. McAllister. 2008. Physical and chemical changes during composting of wood chip- and straw-bedded beef cattle feedlot manure. J. Environ. Qual. 37:725-735.

Zvomuya, F., F.J. Larney, P.R. DeMaere, and A.F. Olson. 2008. Organic amendment effects on crop productivity and nutrient uptake on reclaimed natural gas wellsites. Nutr. Cycling Agroecosyst. 80:223-232.



Zvomuya, F., F.J. Larney, P.R. DeMaere, and A.F. Olson. 2007. Reclamation of abandoned wellsites with organic amendments: effects on soil carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 71:1186-1193.



Zvomuya, F., F.J. Larney, O.O. Akinremi, R.L. Lemke, and V.E. Klaasen. 2006. Topsoil replacement depth and organic amendment effects on plant nutrient uptake from reclaimed natural gas wellsites. Can. J. Soil Sci. 86:859-869.

Charmley, E., D. Nelson, and F. Zvomuya. 2006. Nutrient cycling in the vegetable processing industry: utilization of potato by-products. Can. J. Soil Sci. 86:621-629.

Zvomuya, F., B.L. Helgason, F.J. Larney, H.H. Janzen, O.O. Akinremi, and B.M. Olson. 2006. Predicting phosphorus availability from soil-applied composted and non-composted cattle feedlot manure. J. Environ. Qual. 35:928-937.

Zvomuya, F., C.J. Rosen, and S.C. Gupta. 2006. Phosphorus sequestration by chemical amendments to reduce P leaching from wastewater applications. J. Environ. Qual. 35:207-215.

Zvomuya, F., C.J. Rosen, and S.C. Gupta. 2006. Nitrogen and phosphorus leaching from growing season versus year-round application of wastewater on seasonally frozen lands. J. Environ. Qual. 35:324-333.



Zvomuya, F., F.J. Larney, C.K. Nichol, A.F. Olson, J.J. Miller, and P.R. DeMaere. 2005. Chemical and physical changes following co-composting of beef manure with phosphogypsum. J. Environ. Qual. 34:2318-2327.

Zvomuya, F., S.C. Gupta, and C.J. Rosen. 2005. Phosphorus leaching in sandy outwash soils following potato-processing wastewater application. J. Environ. Qual. 34:1277-1285.



Gupta, S.C., E.l Munyankusi, J. Moncrief, F. Zvomuya, and M. Hanewell. 2004. Tillage and manure application effects on mineral-N leaching from seasonally frozen soils. J. Environ. Qual. 33:1238-1246.



Zvomuya, F., C.J. Rosen, M.P. Russelle, and S.C. Gupta. 2003. Nitrate leaching and nitrogen use efficiency following application of polyolefin-coated urea to potato. J. Environ. Qual. 32: 480-489.



Zvomuya, F. and C.J. Rosen. 2002. Biomass partitioning and nitrogen use efficiency of ‘Superior’ potato following genetic transformation for resistance to Colorado potato beetle. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 127 (4): 703-709.

Zvomuya, F., C.J. Rosen, and J. Creighton Miller, Jr. 2002. Response of Russet Norkotah clonal selections to nitrogen fertilization. American Journal of Potato Research 79 (4): 231-239.



Zvomuya, F. and C.J. Rosen. 2001. Evaluation of polyolefin-coated urea for potato production on a sandy soil. HortScience 36(6):1057-1060.


Contact information:

Dr. Francis Zvomuya, Associate Professor
Department of Soil Science
University of Manitoba
315 Ellis Building
13 Freedman Cres.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
Phone: (204) 474-9932
Fax: (204) 474-7642
Email: Francis.Zvomuya@umanitoba.ca