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January 20, 2019

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Soil Compound Fights Chronic Wasting Disease

Nov. 29, 2018 — A major compound in soil organic matter degrades chronic wasting disease prions and decreases infectivity in mice, according to a new ... read more

Sep. 13, 2018 — If the majority of dairy farms in Pennsylvania fully adopt conservation best-management practices, the state may be able to achieve its total maximum daily load water-quality target for the ... read more

Sep. 10, 2018 — Low-severity wildland fires and prescribed burns have long been presumed by scientists and resource managers to be harmless to soils, but this may not be the case, new research shows. According to ... read more

In Soil Carbon Measurements, Tools Tell the Tale

Aug. 22, 2018 — Soil organic carbon stocks are the amount of organic carbon found in soil. There are several common ways of measuring these stocks. Until now they were all believed to give pretty much the same ... read more

Aug. 8, 2018 — Field history matters when trying to apply the optimal amount of nitrogen for sweet potato crops. Cover crops grown in the same plots prior to sweet potato crops affected how much nitrogen was ... read more

July 18, 2018 — One of the essential nutrients for vigorous crop production is nitrogen. Yet most routine tests done in commercial soil testing labs do not measure available nitrogen in the soil. Soil scientists ... read more

Impact of Weather and Well-Timed Cultural Management Techniques on Organic Weed Control

May 15, 2018 — Weed management can be a tough challenge in organic cropping systems since growers don't have herbicides in their weed control arsenal. New research, though, shows that weather conditions and ... read more

Plant Relationships Breakdown When They Meet New 'Fungi'

May 3, 2018 — Researchers explain the process of plant cooperation, in relation to their new study which has shed light on why cooperative relationships ... read more

Apr. 25, 2018 — How do you boost soil water content and soil health without irrigating? Best cover it with a layer of straw, a new study ... read more

Apr. 18, 2018 — We might think of roots as necessary, but uninteresting, parts of the crop production process. New research, however, focuses on what's going on in the soil with the plant's roots and the ... read more

Mar. 28, 2018 — Drained fertile peatlands around the globe are hotspots for the atmospheric emission of laughing-gas -- a powerful greenhouse gas called nitrous oxide, which is partly responsible for global warming ... read more

Mar. 7, 2018 — Rare plant species suffer more from disease than commoner species. The fact that rare species are more susceptible to attack by micro-organisms living in the soil, such as fungi and bacteria, may in ... read more

New Light Shed on How Plants Get Their Nitrogen Fix

Feb. 16, 2018 — Legumes are widely-consumed plants that use soil bacteria to obtain nitrogen through root nodulation. The process is energetically costly, and so legumes inhibit nodulation when soil nitrate is ... read more

Organic Food Provides Significant Environmental Benefits to Plant-Rich Diets

Feb. 9, 2018 — A study of the diets of 34,000 people confirms that a diet high in fruit and vegetables is better for the planet than one high in animal products. The study also finds that organic food provides ... read more

Jan. 22, 2018 — Researchers have uncovered how certain soil microbes cope in a phosphorus-poor environment to survive in a tropical ecosystem. Their novel approach could be applied in other ecosystems to study ... read more

Dec. 21, 2017 — When the soil warms up, it releases more carbon dioxide (CO2) -- an effect that further fuels climate change. Until now, it had been assumed that the reason for this was mainly due to the presence of ... read more

Life Under the Surface in Live Broadcast

Dec. 7, 2017 — Researchers have invented new systems to study the life of microorganisms in the ground. Without any digging, the researchers are able use microchips to see and analyze an invisible world that is ... read more

Nov. 15, 2017 — Whether carbon comes from leaves or needles affects how fast it decomposes, but where it ends up determines how long it's ... read more

Organic Farming Can Make an Important Contribution to World Nutrition, Research Shows

Nov. 15, 2017 — A global conversion to organic farming can contribute to a profoundly sustainable food system, provided that it is combined with further measures, specifically with a one-third reduction of ... read more

Nov. 8, 2017 — Many factors influence the ability of soil to buffer against temperature changes. Recent research shows both perennial biofuel and cover crops help soils shield against extreme ... read more

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