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July 7, 2015

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July 7, 2015

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

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

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

How and Why Butterflies Survive Fires

June 12, 2015 — Deciding how often and when to use prescribed fire can be tricky, especially when managing for rare butterflies, scientists say. That realization stems from a new study in which researchers ... read more

Winner Doesn't Always Take All

June 11, 2015 — Theoretically predicted and now demonstrated experimentally for the first time using soil bacteria: weaker organisms can prevail against stronger ones -- if they are superior in number. This acts as ... read more

With Proper Care, Contaminated Urban Soils Are Safe for Gardening, Study Finds

June 11, 2015 — Crops grown in contaminated urban soils present little to no risk for people eating those crops when gardeners have followed best practices, a six-year study indicates. The findings are significant ... read more

New Method for More Effective Oil Recovery With Microbes Help

June 11, 2015 — Researchers are sending a soil bacterium into alien waters. They are examining whether the microbe can seal up the right places in oil reservoirs all by ... read more

Researchers Examine How to Minimize Drought Impact on Important Food Crops

June 10, 2015 — Researchers provide information that could help agricultural planning and management to minimize drought-induced yield losses for legumes, one of the world's most important food ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Most of us don’t consider forests a source of pollution. As natural bodies, they should be good for the environment. But a recent study in Japan shows that older cedar and cypress plantations are ... read more

June 9, 2015 — Despite markedly different root morphologies and resulting disparities in nutrient-uptake processes, forest trees of different lineages show comparable efficiency in acquiring soil nutrients, ... read more

Extra DNA Creates Cucumber With All Female Flowers

June 4, 2015 — A new study identifies the gene duplication that causes cucumber varieties produce only female flowers -- a high-yeild variety. The researchers discovered the extra DNA by screening genome sequences ... read more

June 3, 2015 — Thanks to research carried out since 2003 on the subsoil of Gran Canaria (Spain), two scientists have discovered a new species of beetle, which they have called Oromia thoracica. This blind weevil ... read more

June 2, 2015 — Biological nitrogen fixation provides a free way for plants to alter and absorb the nutrient. Legumes like soybeans fix nitrogen due to the symbiosis with bacteria in the soil through development of ... read more

May 29, 2015 — In the United States, federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led to a growing debate: Should fuel or food grow on arable land? Recent research found encouraging, ... read more

Sandwich System Found Effective in Organic Apple Orchards

May 27, 2015 — Scientists investigated four orchard floor management systems in an organic apple orchard and evaluated weed management, soil nutrient content, soil physical conditions, apple yield, quality, and ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Researchers are working with Punjabi farmers to test innovations that will reduce pressure on overused ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Areca palms can be grown in a native sand soil or in a calcareous fill soil without supplemental phosphorus, and with no nitrogen applied during the rainy summer months (June-September) in southern ... read more

Study Uses Farm Data to Aid in Slowing Evolution of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds

May 22, 2015 — Although researchers and industry personnel have made recommendations to slow the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds, an understanding of the patterns and causes of the resistance has been ... read more

May 20, 2015 — The same spring rains that lessen producers' concerns about drought can also lead to soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Keeping soil and fertilizers where they belong--in the field--benefits ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Invasive earthworms in New England's forests are absorbing toxic metal pollutants in potentially hazardous levels that may be contributing to a decline in birds, amphibians and mammals that feed ... read more

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