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November 30, 2015

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November 30, 2015

Oily Waste With Natural Radionuclides: Stimulates or Inhibits Soil Bacterial Community?

Nov. 23, 2015 — Researchers have revealed both structural and functional changes of the microbial community resistant to and able to decompose oily wastes in soil. The experiment was dedicated to measuring carbon ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — Researchers assess the human health risk of exposure to metals in urban gardens by assessing their oral ... read more

Global Connections Between El Nino Events, Drought

Nov. 2, 2015 — A team of researchers recently discovered that global climate change is causing general increases in both plant growth and potential drought risk. El Nino is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere ... read more

Nov. 1, 2015 — Forgotten trees from long lost orchards and 20th-century city landscaping are being rediscovered in urban areas, and their fruits are proving not only largely free of urban pollutants, but more ... read more

Homeowners Like Money-Saving Benefits of Smart Irrigation Controllers

Oct. 28, 2015 — A survey of homeowners in a pilot study who use evapotranspiration-based and soil moisture sensor-based smart controllers showed that a majority were satisfied with their controllers and planned to ... read more

Crayfish Decline in Algonquin Park Lakes Linked to Lack of Calcium

Oct. 28, 2015 — Researchers have linked the localized near-extinction of a native crayfish species in four lakes in Algonquin Park to declining calcium levels. Crayfish shed their protective carapace -- the upper ... read more

Mycologist Says Our Close Relatives Break the Bounds of Biology

Oct. 26, 2015 — The mushroom nicknamed "death cap” made headlines this summer when it poisoned Syrian refugees fleeing through Eastern Europe. But it was cooperation, not toxicity, that attracted one ... read more

Measuring the Impacts of Severe Wildfires in the Arctic

Oct. 22, 2015 — Based on the number of acres burned, 2015 is shaping up to be the second most extreme fire year during the past decade in North America's boreal region. Historically, the area has had one or ... read more

Beavers Take a Chunk out of Nitrogen in Northeast Rivers

Oct. 21, 2015 — Beavers, once valued for their fur, may soon have more appreciation in the Northeastern United States. There they are helping prevent harmful levels of nitrogen from reaching the area's ... read more

Wildflowers on Farms -- Not Just Crops -- Can Expose Bees to Neonicotinoids

Oct. 21, 2015 — Since bee colonies started declining at alarming rates over the past few decades, some scientists have identified a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids that are commonly used on crops as a ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — The iconic sugar maple, one of the most economically and ecologically important trees in the eastern United States and Canada, shows signs of being in a significant decline, according to new ... read more

Conventional, Compost, Organic Production Compared for Strawberry

Oct. 20, 2015 — Researchers studied the economic viability and environmental impact of three soil management systems of strawberry production in the southeastern United States. All three systems resulted in positive ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — Plants are surrounded by and closely associated with microbes. The majority of these are beneficial, but some can cause devastating disease. Plants feed these microbes just enough to allow the good ... read more

Oct. 15, 2015 — Researchers have conducted a unique bioengineering experiment: phytase gene of Pantoea agglomerans (Gram-negative and known to be an opportunistic pathogen) was transplanted to Arabidopsis thaliana ... read more

Biochar Can Boost Crops in West Africa: Soil Conditioner for Agriculture in Cities

Oct. 15, 2015 — In West Africa, many farmers move to the cities, where they cultivate soils, many of which are not very fertile. An international research team involved in the "Urban FoodPlus" project is ... read more

Oct. 15, 2015 — Protected and intact forests have been lost at a rapid rate during the first 12 years of this century. According to researchers, 3% of the protected forest, 2.5% of the intact forest, and 1.5% of the ... read more

Oct. 15, 2015 — The very act of tolerating some forms of soil pollution may give trees an advantage in the natural world, says a plant ... read more

Oct. 14, 2015 — Trees may be the overlooked workhorses of green infrastructure. In a new study, these tree species were the best at removing storm water from bioswales and back into the atmosphere—a process known ... read more

Rapid Method for Water, Soil Pathogen Screening Developed

Oct. 8, 2015 — A new study defines an accurate, inexpensive, high-throughput, and rapid alternative for screening of pathogens from various environmental samples, the first such study to comprehensively assess ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — Toxic runoff from highways, parking lots and other developed surfaces is killing many of the adult coho salmon in urban streams along the West Coast, according to a new study that for the first time ... read more

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