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August 4, 2015

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August 4, 2015

July 22, 2015 — After just five years, soil organic matter content was 8.6 percent greater in the strip-till plots when compared to the no-till plots. Furthermore, bulk density was reduced by 4 percent and ... read more

July 10, 2015 — An important agricultural region in China is drying out, and increased farming may be more to blame than rising temperatures and less rain, according to a study spanning 30 years of data. A research ... read more

July 9, 2015 — Peatlands -- waterlogged, organic soils -- have developed over thousands of years as carbon storage systems. In Southeast Asia, peat swamp forests cover about 250,000 square kilometers, a land area ... read more

July 8, 2015 — In plants, beneficial bacteria and fungi are endophytes. Scientists have known for decades that plants like legumes (peas, beans, and lentils) have beneficial bacteria in nodules attached to their ... read more

July 8, 2015 — The decline of honey bees has been a major concern globally for the past decade. One of the factors that could be contributing to the decline is the use of insecticides -- specifically neonicotinoids ... read more

July 7, 2015 — Planting bioenergy crops like willows or switchgrass in rows where commodity crops are having difficulty growing could both provide biomass feedstock and also limit the runoff of nitrogen fertilizer ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Converting large tracts of the Midwest's marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Significant changes in one of Earth's most important ecosystems are not only a symptom of climate change, but may fuel further warming, research suggests. One of the biggest studies to date of ... read more

July 3, 2015 — To protect consumers from foodborne illness, produce farmers should wait 24 hours after a rain or irrigating their fields to harvest crops, experts say. Rain or irrigation creates soil conditions ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Long-term differences in soil use and management influence not only the sizes and numbers of soil aggregates, but also what the pores inside them will look like, new research ... read more

Charcoaling Manure, Greening Neighborhoods in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

July 1, 2015 — Chesapeake Bay bears a heavy pollution burden from the growing metropolitan centers and vibrant agricultural activity in the watershed. Nitrogen and phosphorus draining from farm fields, livestock ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Trees that can tolerate soil pollution are also better at defending themselves against pests and pathogens. 'It looks like the very act of tolerating chemical pollution may give trees an ... read more

Soil Water, Microbes Influence Carbon in World's Coldest Desert, Study Finds

June 29, 2015 — Soil water and microbes' respiration contribute to fluctuations of carbon dioxide in the world's coldest desert, where climate change is expected to increase underground moisture and ... read more

Soils Are Living, Experts Explain

June 25, 2015 — Soils home to more creatures than there are humans on the earth, scientists report. This includes animals, insect, bacteria and ... read more

Legumes Control Infection of Nodules by Both Symbiotic, Endophytic Bacteria

June 22, 2015 — Legume plants selectively regulate access and accommodation of both symbiotic and endophytic bacteria inside root nodule, new research shows. This provides a solid basis and platform for ... read more

June 18, 2015 — Using switchgrass to produce biofuel is one way to decrease the United States’ dependence on oil, but growing it and making it profitable can be complicated. It lacks qualities, such as high ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Scientists have identified the first sensor of the Earth's magnetic field in an animal, finding in the brain of a tiny worm (C. elegans) a big clue to a long-held mystery about how animals' ... read more

Research on Diversity Among Nitrogen-Fixing Plants

June 16, 2015 — New research focuses on a question that has intrigued scientists for decades -- are plants able to regulate their relationships with nitrogen-fixing ... read more

June 15, 2015 — A soil microbe that mobilizes an 'iron shield' to block the uptake of toxic arsenic in rice has been discovered by researchers. The finding gives hope that a natural, low-cost solution -- a ... read more

June 12, 2015 — The rapidly rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affect plants' absorption of nitrogen, which is the nutrient that restricts crop growth in most terrestrial ecosystems. Researchers ... read more

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