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Floods didn't provide nitrogen 'fix' for earliest crops in frigid north

crops
Floods didn't make floodplains fertile during the dawn of human agriculture in Earth's far north because the waters were virtually devoid of nitrogen unlike other areas of the globe scientists have studied Instead the hardy ... - Read More

First step to reduce plant need for nitrogen fertilizer uncovered

Nitrogen fertilizer costs U S farmers approximately $8 billion each year and excess fertilizer can find its way into rivers and streams damaging the delicate water systems Now a discovery by a team of University ... - Read More

'Grassroots action' in livestock feeding to help curb global climate change

In a series of papers to be presented next week scientists offer new evidence that a potent chemical mechanism operating in the roots of a tropical grass used for livestock feed has enormous potential to ... - Read More

Model organism gone wild

organism, organism
Model organisms brought into labs because they are easy to work with adapt to the lab often shedding characteristics that allowed them to survive in the wild Scientists who work with model organisms rarely look ... - Read More

The Real Reason to Worry About Bees

a condition sometimes termed colony collapse disorder CCD Although honeybees have been doing better in recent years something continues to kill about 1 in every 3 honeybees each year He spoke at a symposium on ... - Read More

New Weapons on the Way to Battle Wicked Weeds

which is costly in terms of energy use and may contribute to soil erosion And a number of products are on the way to help They include new herbicide formulations that work in ways that ... - Read More

Science Supporting Abundant, Nourishing Food for a Growing Civilization

The diets of people in North America shed almost 1.5 billion pounds of unhealthy saturated and trans fat over the last six years thanks to a new phase in an ongoing agricultural revolution an expert ... - Read More

Simple mix of rock and organic waste is powerful fertilizer

Fertilizer
Food and biofuel crops could be grown and maintained in many places where it wasn't previously possible such as deserts landfills and former mining sites thanks to an inexpensive non chemical soil additive The additive ... - Read More

Soil biodiversity will be crucial to future land management and response to climate change

Research by scientists at The University of Manchester and Lancaster shows maintaining healthy soil biodiversity can play an important role in optimising land management programmes to reap benefits from the living soil The findings published ... - Read More

Why crop rotation works: Change in crop species causes shift in soil microbes

Crop rotation has been used since Roman times to improve plant nutrition and to control the spread of disease A new study to be published in Nature's The ISME Journal reveals the profound effect it ... - Read More

Bees and other pollinating insects are just one factor in food production

Food, Food, Food
No food for the human race without bees It is not quite as straightforward as that A case study by ecologists from ETH Zurich in a coffee growing area in India reveals that pollinating insects ... - Read More

Low-Grade Cotton Offers More Ecologically-Friendly Way to Clean Oil Spills

Released 5 16 2013 11 35 AM EDTSource Newsroom Texas Tech University more news from this source May 16 2013 When it comes to cleaning up the next massive crude oil spill one of the ... - Read More

Setting the standard for sustainable bioenergy crops

crops
Bioenergy crops such as Miscanthus and switchgrass appear to be promising resources for renewable energy but these new crops did not come with a manual on how to measure details on their sustainability impacts Jody ... - Read More

Soil may harbor answer to reducing arsenic in rice

Plant, plant
Harsh Bais and Janine Sherrier of the University of Delaware's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences are studying whether a naturally occurring soil bacterium referred to as UD1023 because it was first characterized at the ... - Read More

Amphibians living close to farm fields are more resistant to common insecticides

Insecticides
Amphibian populations living close to agricultural fields have become more resistant to a common insecticide and are actually resistant to multiple common insecticides according to two recent studies conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Amphibian ... - Read More

Strengthening legumes to tackle fertilizer pollution

Fertilizer
The overuse of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture can wreak havoc on waterways health and the environment Share This See Also Soil Types Organic Agriculture and Food Geochemistry Air Pollution Acid Rain Legume Sustainable agriculture Fertilizer ... - Read More

New generation soil property maps for Africa

Properties
A new type of soil property maps for Africa has been launched by ISRIC − World Soil Information in Wageningen Netherlands The maps are freely accessible Share This See Also Geography Landslides Acid Rain Global ... - Read More

Turning algae into clean energy and fish food; helping Africans to irrigate crops

fish, crops
Could algae that feast on wastewater produce clean bio fuels and a healthful supply of fish food Can impoverished African community gardeners learn to use and maintain a simple centuries old non electric water pump ... - Read More

Understanding the continuous corn yield penalty

As escalating corn prices have encouraged many farmers to switch to growing corn continuously they wonder why they have been seeing unusually high yield reductions over the past several years The University of Illinois conducted ... - Read More

Wild plants are infected with many viruses and still thrive

Researchers have studied viruses as agents of disease in humans domestic animals and plants but a study of plant viruses in the wild may point to a more cooperative benevolent role of the microbe according ... - Read More
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