Humanity is “at a crossroads” when it comes to managing drought and accelerating mitigation must be done “urgently, using every tool we can,” says a new report from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
A geologic formation near Aix-en-Provence, France, is famed as one of the world’s chief treasure troves of fossil species from the Cenozoic Era. Since the late 1700s, scientists there have been unearthing amazingly well-preserved fossilized plants and animals.
Earth Day presents a good opportunity to help clear up some essential questions about climate change; what it is, what is responsible and how we know it’s real.
Microbes “breathing in rust” plays an important role in soils
The diverse collection of microbes known as protists are understudied, but their impact on ecosystems and agriculture could be huge.
Adding wheat can boost yields, increase economic return, and improve soil
Argonne scientists are studying the release of carbon in thawing permafrost regions to help predict the impact of rising global temperatures on future greenhouse gas emissions.
Nitrogen is essential for crops, but when it gets into the water supply, it spells big trouble. Scientists are trying to help farmers strike the right balance by measuring their fields.
Through a contribution agreement with USDA-NRCS, the Soil Science Society of America has developed materials to enhance the teaching of soils in both formal and informal classrooms.
Exposure to soil microorganisms, human health closely related
Just as the beneficial bacteria living in yogurt and sauerkraut are good for your gut, tiny organisms living in the soil help plants and intense research is underway on natural “probiotic” soil treatments containing living microorganisms. Developers of these products have been including multiple species of beneficial bacteria in their formulations, aiming to boost crop growth and yield. But new research from the University of Delaware suggests these selections must be made very carefully, because not all good bacteria get along.
The University of Delaware’s Donald Sparks, a global leader in environmental soil chemistry for more than 30 years, has won the 2021 Philippe Duchaufour Medal given by the European Geosciences Union.
One year after COVID-19 rapidly transformed university learning, professors reflect on tools for resiliency.
Soil aeration and water infiltration among benefits ants provide
Rice husk residue can prevent uptake of harmful elements in rice
Root architecture, formation play key roles in modifying soil
Differences in nitrogen loss intensity between livestock and crops confirm the need for change.
Each corn harvest leaves behind leaves, husks and cobs. Research shows cattle can take advantage of this food resource without damaging field productivity.
This drought and heat tolerant crop can provide nutrition, even when grown in harsh environments.
Research shows nitrogen efficiency and productivity not a tradeoff
Growing crops in stony soils can be challenging, but feasible
As society grapples with deep concerns over racial inequities and other social justice issues, members of the Agronomic Science Foundation (ASF) have embarked on a mission to foster change from within.
Organic crop farmers in the Northeast and Upper Midwest are facing an increasing number of challenges related to climate change and invasive pests, but a $2 million grant from the USDA will help them find sustainable solutions.
As climate change influences our ecosystems, microbes may help crops and environmental management solutions succeed in stressful conditions
The 4 R’s Advances in Primary Research of Nutrient Stewardship
Research shows willow trees may pair well with grass crops in alley cropping systems
Contaminated soils – and foods – influenced by soil factors
Long-term, regional data is crucial to determine the best farming practices for soil health, crop production and nutritional quality
Prescribed burning allows team to study soil biochemistry in sagebrush ecosystems
Researchers are working to help cacao farmers manage harmful cadmium levels in the soil.
Theme of the all-virtual meeting is Translating Visionary Science to Practice
Composting services provide many benefits in urban areas
Sand particles coated in oil could help farmers hold more moisture in the soil
Wetlands are characterized by saturation levels, hydric soils, and hydrophytic plants
Microbial communities in Arctic permafrost changed drastically at the end of the ice age—and this shift could happen again due to modern climate change, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists.
Dung beetles provide many important functions to ecosystems
Scientists use a smartphone camera to easily measure soil density — a key metric for analyzing our soils
Various types of microbes are key ingredients to healthy soil
Scientists study how sustainable farming practices could reduce emissions.
Research investigates how fluorine levels affect beneficial soil microbes
Third annual conference transitions to virtual format for the first time
DOE and USDA researchers use new global models to study how environmental controllers affect soil organic carbon, changes in which can alter atmospheric carbon concentrations and affect climate. Predictions could benefit industry mitigation plans.
Areas where landslides are common make hydric soil identification tricky
Oyster aquaculture poses minor changes to soils and bottom-dwelling communities
Testing microbial activity in soil columns helps researchers understand how carbon is stored in soils that are periodically waterlogged.
New Brunswick, N.J. (June 23, 2020) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick Professor Steven Yergeau is available to discuss the causes of soil compaction and how to correct it to foster healthy yards. Soil compaction can impact lawns and gardens and cause…
The mysterious capillary fringe has huge effects on the soil, and new research tells us how it works.
Research uses biosolids and urban waste to create a sustainable topsoil mixture
Researchers develop soil-gas diffusivity model based on two agricultural soils
Study shows which desert soils better recover from disturbance