Organic News
May 21, 2019

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Organic Animal Farms Benefit Birds Nesting in Agricultural Environments

Environmental subsidies for agriculture awarded by the European Union aim to improve biodiversity in agricultural environments. A recently completed Finnish study indicates that the proximity of ... read more

Organic Food Worse for the Climate?

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required, a new study ... read more

Soil Cannot Halt Climate Change

Unique soils data from long-term experiments, stretching back to the middle of the nineteenth century, confirm the practical implausibility of burying carbon in the ground to halt climate change. The ... read more

Earthworms Can Reproduce in Mars Soil Simulant

Two young worms are the first offspring in a Mars soil experiment. A biologist found them in a Mars soil simulant that he obtained from NASA. At the start he only added adult worms. The experiments ... read more
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Planting and growing a strategic mix of cover crops not only reduces the loss of nitrogen from farm fields, protecting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, but the practice also contributes nitrogen ... read more

When 'Alien' Insects Attack Antartica

Of the known alien (non-native) species found in Antarctica, a non-biting species of midge currently presents one of the highest risks to terrestrial ecosystems, researchers have ... read more

Historical Climate Important for Soil Responses to Future Climate Change

Researchers examined how 18 years of drought affect the billions of vital bacteria that are hidden in the soil beneath our feet. The results show that this type of extreme weather determines how ... read more

Soil Compound Fights Chronic Wasting Disease

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

Six Feet Under, a New Approach to Global Warming

A researcher has found that one-fourth of the carbon held by soil is bound to minerals as far as six feet below the surface. The discovery opens a new possibility for dealing with the element as it ... read more

Fertilizers' Impact on Soil Health Compared

Researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic ... read more

Artificial Leaf: Highly Active Organic Photocatalyst Discovered

Scientists have synthesized a new organic material that can convert water into hydrogen fuel using ... read more

Following the Path of Chemicals Through the Soil

A new and quick way to predict the transport of chemicals through the soil has been ... read more

Soil Holds the Secret to Mitigating Climate Change

New research suggests that crop yields and the global food supply chain can be preserved by harnessing the critical, and often overlooked, partner in food supply -- ... read more

How Plants Harness Microbes to Get Nutrients

Scientists have discovered how plants harness microbes in soil to get nutrients, a process that could be exploited to boost crop growth, fight weeds and slash the use of polluting fertilizers and ... read more

'High-Yield' Farming Costs the Environment Less Than Previously Thought -- And Could Help Spare Habitats

New findings suggest that more intensive agriculture might be the 'least bad' option for feeding the world while saving its species -- provided use of such 'land-efficient' ... read more

Organic Farming Methods Favors Pollinators

Pollinating insects are endangered globally, with a particularly steep decline over the last 40 years. An extensive 3-year study has found that organic farming methods can contribute to halting the ... read more

Conservation Dairy Farming Could Help Pa. Meet Chesapeake Target

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

Low-Severity Wildfires Impact Soils More Than Previously Believed

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

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

Matchmaking for Sweet Potato? It's Complicated

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

Agriculture: Quick Soil Test Aims to Determine Nitrogen Need

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

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'

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

Corn With Straw Mulch Builds Yield, Soil Carbon

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

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