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July 25, 2016

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July 25, 2016

Atrazine Alternatives in Sweet Corn

July 19, 2016 — Atrazine has been very good at killing weeds in corn fields for more than 50 years. But some of the properties that make it a successful herbicide, such as its persistence in the soil and ability to ... read more

Disentangling the Plant Microbiome

July 12, 2016 — With the human population expected to climb from 7.4 billion to more than 11 billion people by 2100, some scientists hope that manipulating the microbial communities in, on and around plants, the ... read more

Engineers Selected to Safeguard and Develop China's Sustainable Agriculture

July 11, 2016 — Aerospace engineers are researching how to improve unmanned autonomous ground and air vehicles -- such as fixed wing aircraft or quadrotors -- in order to fulfill remote data collection requirements ... read more

July 6, 2016 — Researchers have looked into the practice of alley cropping, planting long-term tree crops alongside short-term cash crops, for sustainability. Alley cropping is a type of agroforestry, which is the ... read more

July 1, 2016 — Organohalogens like perchloroethene and trichloroethene are prominent groundwater pollutants due to their industrial use as dry cleaning and degreasing agents and their widespread release into the ... read more

New Farming Strategies Can Help Prevent Soil Runoff While Maintaining High Crop Yields

June 30, 2016 — Scientists found that the most effective tactic to prevent soil runoff yet maintain high crop yields is to utilize Conservation Reserve Program land strategically to create buffers between the trees ... read more

Mountaineering Ants Use Body Heat to Warm Nests

June 29, 2016 — Underground army ants can keep their nests -- called bivouacs -- warm with their body heat; this social warming may enable fragile offspring to survive in chilly mountain forests, according to ... read more

June 27, 2016 — Scientists have analyzed the genomes of plants that grow in harsh, serpentine soils to find out how they survive . It appears that they have used two strategies: adapting to their environment through ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Trials in field and high tunnel cucumber cropping systems compared performance and decomposition (after use) among two bioplastic films and four experimental spunbond, nonwoven biofabrics. Results ... read more

June 22, 2016 — A legacy of acid rain has acidified forest soils throughout the northeastern US, lowering the growth rate of trees. In an attempt to mitigate this trend, in 1999 scientists added calcium to an ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Researchers hope to reduce possible pollutants emanating from soils in Florida cattle ranches by using a $710,000 federal grant to study soil ... read more

June 21, 2016 — New research on the burrows of scorpions in diverse environments finds that these predatory arachnids build strikingly similar architectural features in their homes. The study was conducted using ... read more

June 21, 2016 — Millions of microorganisms play a major role in the decomposition of soil matter. A group of researchers has just shown that there is an enormous diversity among a group of bacteria-eating ... read more

June 21, 2016 — Alpine forests will be at great risk should weather phenomena such as droughts and torrential rain become more frequent. As a new study shows, the mountain forests of the Bavarian Alps have seen a ... read more

June 21, 2016 — Future food security depends on a variety of factors -- but better soil data could substantially help improve projections of future crop yields, shows new ... read more

June 17, 2016 — Torrefied biomass can improve the quality of poor soil found in arid regions, new research shows. The study indicates that adding torrefied biomass to poor soil from Botswana increased water ... read more

Forage Radish Is the Cream of Cover Crops, Say Experts

June 15, 2016 — When it comes to the most beneficial cover crops farmers can use to suppress weeds and increase production values, scientists have found that forage radish is at the top of the list, according to new ... read more

Plants More Vulnerable to Nanoparticles When Parents Grown in Contaminated Soil

June 15, 2016 — Plants are more vulnerable to toxic nanoparticles if their parents were grown in contaminated soil, according to the first multi-generational study on the safety of cerium oxide nanoparticles in ... read more

Microbes in Pressed Grapes May Predict Flavor Metabolites in the Finished Wine

June 14, 2016 — The microbial mix found in grape juice during the winemaking process may help shape the terroir of a finished wine, report food scientists. Researchers have found that the microorganisms found in ... read more

Insights Into the Ecology of the Microbiome

June 13, 2016 — Researchers have analyzed data from large metagenomic datasets (e.g., the Human Microbiome Project and Student Microbiome Project) to look at the dynamics of the gut, mouth and skin microbiomes of ... read more

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