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April 29, 2016

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April 29, 2016

Mar. 16, 2016 — Researchers recently released 40 varieties of early-flowering sorghum bred for use in cooler, more temperate areas. These early-flowering varieties of sorghum are critical for the spread of the crop ... read more

Soil Mapping May Indicate Success of Brush Control Method

Feb. 23, 2016 — Mapping the long-term reaction of woody plants to brush-control techniques can help landowners prioritize management practices to maximize the effectiveness of costly brush reduction, according to a ... read more

Feb. 19, 2016 — Between 1947 and 1956, researchers conducted their prairie relic study, surveying more than 200 undisturbed prairie remnants in Wisconsin. Today a graduate student has published a third survey based ... read more

Second-Generation Biofuels Can Reduce Emissions

Jan. 11, 2016 — Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, ... read more

Peering Into the Amazon's Future

Jan. 4, 2016 — A new model, based on the effect of water stress on individual trees, suggests the change in the Amazon due to climate change would be a gradual transition from high-biomass forests to low-biomass ... 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

Plants Cope With Climate Change at Genetic Level

Dec. 10, 2015 — Climate change can influence everything from pine beetle outbreaks in the Rocky Mountains to rising sea levels in Papua New Guinea. In the face of a rapidly changing earth, plants and animals are ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Dicamba herbicide drift onto plants growing adjacent to farm fields causes significant delays in flowering, as well as reduced flowering, of those plants, and results in decreased visitation by honey ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — North American bison adjust their diet seasonally in order to take full advantage of the growing season when grasses become less nutritious, a new study has ... read more

Small Landscape Changes Can Mean Big Freshwater Gains

Nov. 17, 2015 — A typical bird's-eye view of the Midwest offers a patchwork landscape covered mostly by agriculture but mottled with forest, wetland, grassland, buildings and pavement. This pattern influences ... read more

Cow-Calf Grazing Practices Could Determine, Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov. 3, 2015 — Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Southern Great Plains could require a change of grazing management by traditional cow-calf producers, according to a new ... read more

Pineapple Genome Offers Insight Into Photosynthesis in Drought-Tolerant Plants

Nov. 2, 2015 — By sequencing its genome, scientists are homing in on the genes and genetic pathways that allow the juicy pineapple plant to thrive in water-limited environments. The new findings, also open a new ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — Paleontologists have looked at the environmental changes that occurred in North and South America after large megafauna went extinct over the past 15,000 years, and found long-lasting impacts. ... 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. 19, 2015 — Researchers might have finally provided a solution to the ecological riddle of why tree abundance on Africa's grassy savannas diminishes in response to heavy rainfall despite scientists' ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Regrowth of trees explains why grasslands in western Africa known as the Sahel have recovered after devastating droughts in the 1970s and 1980s, according to research. Previous studies have suggested ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Fluctuations in extreme weather events, such as heavy rains and droughts, are affecting ecosystems in unexpected ways -- creating 'winners and losers' among plant species that humans depend ... read more

Human Activity Affecting Microbes in Soil

Sep. 23, 2015 — Agricultural inputs such as nitrogen and phosphorous alter soil microbial communities, which may have unintended environmental consequences, new research from an ecologist ... read more

How Does Soil Differ Across Earth's Biomes: Great Plains, Coastal Wetlands, Deserts

Sep. 15, 2015 — Moisture content, organic matter, and the color of soil varies across the United States, researchers ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Although most of the world's biodiversity is below ground, surprisingly little is known about how it affects ecosystems or how it will be affected by climate change. A new study demonstrates ... read more

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