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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Jan. 11, 2016 — The organic food industry has grown from fresh produce and grains to snack foods and condiments -- from farmers markets to supercenters. Has this new variety in organic products, and the availability ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — Inorganic mercury, which was previously thought to be a less harmful form of the toxic metal, is very damaging to key cell processes, new research ... read more

Vital Soil Saving Techniques Being Trialled as International Year of Soils Comes to an End

Dec. 3, 2015 — As World Soil Day on 5th December 2015 marks the ending of the International Year of Soils, it is reassuring to know that scientists will still be working to find solutions to protect our ... read more

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

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

Oct. 20, 2015 — Organic rice is increasingly desired by U.S. consumers, but farmers know that growing the grain chemically free can mean providing a feast for insects, diseases and weeds. Now a multi-state team of ... read more

New Biofertilizer Made from Exoskeletons of Crustaceans, Insects

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers have developed a method to obtain a clean organic fertilizer that is able to regenerate degraded soil caused by overharvesting. This compound is biodegradable, insoluble and harmless to ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver ... 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

Sep. 14, 2015 — Along with the oceans and forests, soils are one of the planet's main carbon reservoirs. In the 20th century, carbon stocks fell dramatically due to deforestation, intensive farming and the ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — In the first study of its kind, new research shows that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — Researchers have shown that our understanding of how organic material is decomposed by fungi and bacteria is fundamentally wrong. This means that climate models that include microorganisms to ... read more

Humus Depletion Induced by Climate Change?

Aug. 27, 2015 — The yields of many important crops in Europe have been stagnating since the 1990s. As a result, the input of organic matter into the soil -- the crucial source for humus formation -- is decreasing. ... read more

July 28, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have directly seen how organic molecules bind to other materials at the atomic level. Using a special kind of electron microscopy, this information can lead to ... read more

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

Food Safety Expert Explains Food Labels and Their Regulations

July 16, 2015 — A food safety specialist explains some terms on food labels that are federally regulated and which lack a clear ... read more

Organic Farming Needs Direction to Be Sustainable

July 14, 2015 — Large-scale organic farming operations, based on a review of almost a decade of data from 49 states, are not reducing greenhouse gas ... read more

Americans Prefer U.S.-Grown Organic Broccoli

July 9, 2015 — As a good source of protein, Vitamin A, calcium, iron and fiber, broccoli is so full of nutrients, some call it a “super food.” It’s also popular at the supermarket, whether it’s grown in ... 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

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