Researchers identify which lima bean inoculants provide economical and environmental benefits
A Bowling Green State University researcher hopes to impact Lake Erie’s water quality by using dredged sediments from the lake and adding them to farm soils.
A new $10 million grant aims to help the U.S. dairy industry become at least carbon neutral while supporting farmer livelihoods – providing important insight for New York state, which ranks fourth in milk production nationwide.
Microbes “breathing in rust” plays an important role in soils
Abby Kinchy, a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will seek to learn how can people try to reduce the harms caused by lead in the soil of their communities with the support of a Scholars Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Wildflowers found to absorb runoff just as effectively as turfgrass, among other benefits
The diverse collection of microbes known as protists are understudied, but their impact on ecosystems and agriculture could be huge.
An Iowa State University agronomist is developing new computer models of soil erosion and topography changes, requiring both innovative big-data technology as well as painstaking validation of soil measurements in the real world. The National Science Foundation recently awarded Bradley Miller an early career development grant to support the research.
Windstorms, less organic matter on topsoil and soil degradation among issues
Long-term studies allow for betting understanding of agroecosystem change
Exposure to soil microorganisms, human health closely related
Manure improves soil and microbe community
Human health and ecosystems could be affected by microbes including cyanobacteria and algae that hitch rides in clouds and enter soil, lakes, oceans and other environments when it rains, according to a Rutgers co-authored study.
Soil aeration and water infiltration among benefits ants provide
An international group of leading fertiliser and soils experts have published a major review of the status of the toxic heavy metal cadmium in agricultural systems around the world.
Root architecture, formation play key roles in modifying soil
Plants, animals, and microorganisms contribute to unique ecosystem
Benjamin Z. Houlton, the dean of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, joined a panel helping to identify key pathways for terrestrial carbon dioxide removal that merit further investment.
Two Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers, one a world-leading authority on microorganisms and their impact on soil and human health, and the other an expert on coastal ecosystem restoration, have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Growing crops in stony soils can be challenging, but feasible
A Cornell University project will develop worm-like, soil-swimming robots to sense and record soil properties, water, the soil microbiome and how roots grow.
Contaminated soils – and foods – influenced by soil factors
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.
Wetlands are characterized by saturation levels, hydric soils, and hydrophytic plants
A new study found patterns in how soil organic matter forms across a wide range of climate types. Understanding how soils break down or preserve organic matter is important because organic matter plays a central role in the kind of services soils can provide, such as whether they make good agricultural soils or if they can sequester carbon to slow climate change.
The demand for sustainable infrastructure has builders searching for an alternative to concrete’s large carbon footprint. Now, scientists have created a new building material using local soil, and will present their results today at the American Chemical Society Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting & Expo.
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
Unique geography allows for wide variety of soils
Insects can be both beneficial and harmful to agricultural land
Research investigates how fluorine levels affect beneficial soil microbes
Areas where landslides are common make hydric soil identification tricky
How can some of world’s biggest problems – climate change, food security and land degradation – be tackled simultaneously? Some lesser-known options, such as integrated water management and increasing the organic content of soil, have fewer trade-offs than many well-known options, such as planting trees, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Global Change Biology.
Oyster aquaculture poses minor changes to soils and bottom-dwelling communities
New Brunswick, N.J. (June 29, 2020) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick Professor Michele Bakacs can discuss the benefits of composting for soil health and reducing waste going to landfills, how to get started with composting in your backyard, the correct ingredients for success…
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…
New findings share how prescribed fire and no-till management impact soil microbes
Picture 500 million cars stacked in rows. That’s how much carbon—about 1,000 petagrams, or one billion metric tons—is locked away in Arctic permafrost.
New Brunswick, N.J. (June 15, 2020) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick Professor William T. Hlubik is available for interviews on environmentally friendly lawn and landscape care, sustainable gardening and agriculture, home and commercial vegetable and small fruit production, and how to…
Potassium fertilization effects on quality, economics, and yield in pear orchard
Smallholder farms supply majority of world’s food supply but still face poverty.
Soybean yields decreased when planted after cereal rye
The mysterious capillary fringe has huge effects on the soil, and new research tells us how it works.
Restoration projects bring back the ecological and societal benefits of wetland ecosystems
Research uses biosolids and urban waste to create a sustainable topsoil mixture
Saline soils near the Salt River led to many challenges for North American group
Researchers develop soil-gas diffusivity model based on two agricultural soils