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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

New Models Better Predict Field Working Days

Jan. 28, 2016 — Farmers and crop insurers depend on seasonal predictions of weather and soil workability to select appropriate cultivars, make decisions about planting and harvest dates, forecast yield, and ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — Scientists are looking for life in an area of Antarctica that is thought to be the place on Earth that most closely resembles the permafrost found in the northern polar region of Mars, at the Phoenix ... read more

New Mechanism Controlling Plant Root Development Uncovered

Jan. 19, 2016 — A new cell division regulator that shapes plant root systems has been uncovered by researchers. These findings could lead to new techniques to improve root architecture in favor of higher crop ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Nematodes, an abundant group of roundworms that exist in nearly every habitat, have long been used as model organisms for studying the function of neurons -- the basic unit of animal nervous systems. ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Soil frost is a nearly universal process in the Arctic. In a recent dissertation, it is shown that the frequency and extent of soil frost is important for the release of the greenhouse gas carbon ... read more

How Plants Interact With Beneficial Microbes in the Soil

Jan. 12, 2016 — Biologists working with the alfalfa-clover Medicago truncatula, has found how a gene in the host plant encodes a protein that recognizes the cell membrane surrounding the symbiotic bacteria, then ... read more

Drip Irrigation Rates Tested for Eggplant Growth, Yield

Jan. 11, 2016 — Experiments assessed the effects of irrigation rate on plant growth and fruit yield in eggplant. Plants irrigated at 67 percent ETc produced fruit yields similar to those of plants irrigated at 100 ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — As global temperatures rise, the organic matter in forests appears to break down more quickly, which is accelerating the release of carbon into the atmosphere, according to new ... read more

Jan. 6, 2016 — Recently published research demonstrates the effects of using faba beans in two different ways to increase soil health in Canadian soils. This research has multiple benefits: saving money on the cost ... read more

Scientists Call for New Tools to Explore the World's Microbiomes

Jan. 6, 2016 — In October, an interdisciplinary group of scientists proposed forming a Unified Microbiome Initiative (UMI) to explore the world of microorganisms that are central to life on Earth and yet largely ... read more

Bio-Digester Supplies Energy to 3000 Farms

Jan. 5, 2016 — The digestive system of a cow served as a model to researchers to create a container that receives organic waste, mostly livestock manure, where it is mixed with millions of bacteria to obtain ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — Scientists investigated the impact of co-application of manures with chemical N fertilizer on N accumulation and loss in a greenhouse rotationally planted with cucumber or tomato and lettuce. ... read more

Boosting Farm Yields to Restore Habitats Could Create Greenhouse Gas 'Sink'

Jan. 4, 2016 — Study using UK data is first to show raising farm yields and reclaiming 'spared' land for woodlands and wetlands could offset greenhouse gas produced by farming to meet national target of ... read more

Dec. 28, 2015 — The pathogenic bacterium Bacillus cereus causes vomiting and diarrhea as well as systemic and local infections. A team of researchers has reported for the first time that B. cereus, following contact ... read more

Dec. 23, 2015 — The influence of Typhoon Haiyan damage on leaf nutrient traits in coastal habitats is explored by researchers in a new study. Their publication illuminates several ways in which a tropical cyclone ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — Plant scientists are uncovering more clues critical to disarming a fungus that leads to rice blast disease and devastating crop losses. They have identified a stress hormone that appears to play a ... read more

Dec. 21, 2015 — The amount of methane gas escaping from the ground during the long cold period in the Arctic each year and entering Earth's atmosphere is likely much higher than estimated by current climate ... read more

Dec. 18, 2015 — Two types of bacteria found in the soil have enabled scientists to get the dirt on how resistance to antibiotics develops along with a separate survival strategy.The study identifies an atypical ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — A protein that detects hormones in smoke has a much wider and more ancient role in the plant kingdom – detecting microscopic soil fungi which colonise plants and feed nutrients to their cells. This ... read more

Growing Crops on Organic Soils Increases Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Say Scientists

Dec. 17, 2015 — Drained organic soils are a considerable source of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, say researchers. Reducing the emission from cultivated organic soils is an obvious ... read more

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