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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Silicon: An Important Element in Rice Production

Apr. 28, 2015 — Recent research showed that, although long neglected by ecologists, silicon is in fact beneficial for the growth of many plants, including major crops such as rice, wheat and barley. Researchers have ... read more

Students Break New Ground in Understanding Genetic Diversity of Bacteriophages

Apr. 28, 2015 — Over the last seven years, thousands of undergraduate students have sequenced and analyzed the genomes of bacteria-infecting viruses, known as bacteriophages. Those genomes are now the focal point of ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — The kwongan is a type of bushland that is only found in South-West Australia and is exceptionally rich in terms of biodiversity, despite existing on some of the most infertile soils in the world. Its ... read more

Select Groundcover Management Systems Found Viable for Organically Managed Apple Orchard

Apr. 15, 2015 — A long-term study evaluated four groundcover management systems in combination with composted poultry litter, commercial organic fertilizer, or a nonfertilized control to determine ability to alter ... read more

Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Limits Soil Storage

Apr. 15, 2015 — Soil carbon may not be as stable as previously thought, scientists report, adding that soil microbes exert more direct control on carbon buildup than global climate models represent. This study, ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Assigning a dollar value to the benefits nature provides agriculture improves the bottom line for farmers while protecting the environment, a team of international scientists has shown. The study ... read more

Model Captures How Nitrogen Limitation Affects Hydrological Processes

Apr. 14, 2015 — Rising carbon dioxide levels in the air act as a fertilizer for plants, altering how they use water and interact with the climate. However, an insufficient supply of nitrogen can limit the growth. ... read more

Bacterial Raincoat Discovery Paves Way to Better Crop Protection

Apr. 13, 2015 — Fresh insights into how bacteria protect themselves -- by forming a waterproof raincoat -- could help develop improved products to protect plants from disease. Researchers have discovered how ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — An international team of researchers tracked nitrogen as soil bacteria pulled it from the air and released it as plant-friendly ammonium. This process—called biological nitrogen ... read more

Apr. 9, 2015 — A plant's roots grow and spread into the soil, taking up necessary water and minerals. The tip of a plant's root is a place of active cell division followed by cell elongation, with ... read more

More Food, Low Pollution Effort Gains Traction

Apr. 9, 2015 — Nitrogen fertilizers make it possible to feed more people in the world than ever before. However, too much of it can also harm the environment. A group of scientists, economists, social scientists, ... read more

Turning to Freshwater Sources to Fight Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, Other Infections

Apr. 8, 2015 — The discovery of antibiotics produced by soil fungi and bacteria gave the world life-saving medicine. But new antimicrobials from this resource have become scarce as the threat of drug resistance ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — Passive smoking isn't only something that people have to cope with, but plants too. This is because some plants are actually able to take up nicotine from cigarette smoke, while others that grow ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — High human atmospheric nitrogen emissions lead to a reduction of plant diversity, researchers have found, after analyzing plots all over Switzerland. They report that the plant diversity has ... read more

Scientist Uses Special Fertilizer to Keep Palms, Soil and Water Healthy

Apr. 7, 2015 — Palm trees need special nutrients to remain healthy and viable. But those same nutrients can harm the soil and nearby water. Now a scientist has come up with a special palm fertilizer that makes sure ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Soil, long thought to be a semi-permanent storehouse for ancient carbon, may be releasing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere faster than anyone thought. In a new study, researchers showed that ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Scientists designed an experiment with 16 strawberry cultivars planted in two perennial planting systems in New Mexico. The experiments evaluated strawberry tolerance to high-pH soil, and determined ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Field experiments examined whether the effects of living mulch on broccoli yield and yield components are dependent on fertilizer rates. In one experiment, broccoli yields were similar in living ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Researchers evaluated the impact of organic fertilizer source on growth, fruit quality, and yield of two blackberry cultivars grown in a machine-harvested, organic production system. The liquid corn ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — The microbe Sulfolobus islandicus can go dormant, ceasing to grow and reproduce, in order to protect themselves from infection by Sulfolobus spindle-shaped virus 9 (SSV9), researchers have ... read more

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