• Xiaopeng Gao
  • Associate Professor, Department of Soil Science

    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
    Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
    310 Ellis Building
    13 Freedman Crescent
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2 Canada

    Tel: 204-599-5116


  • PhD (Soil Science), Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • MSc. (Plant Nutrition), China Agricultural University
  • BSc (Soil Chemistry), Shanxi Agricultural University, China


  • SOIL 4520 Soil Fertility
  • SOIL 7140 Soil Nitrogen
  • SOIL 7210 Topics in Soil Fertility


Research interests

Dr. Gao’s research focuses on optimizing soil fertility and nutrient management practices in sustainable agricultural systems to achieve agronomic and environmental benefits. By understanding the factors that control nutrient availability, sustainable management practices for better environment and human health, can be developed. Specific research interests include:

  • Root-soil interaction and nutrient availability in rhizosphere
  • 4R nutrient stewardship to improve crop utilization of nitrogen and reduce nitrous oxide emissions
  • Management practices to enhance zinc bioavailability in crop grains for better nutritional quality
  • Impact of animal grazing on carbon and nitrogen cycling in grasslands