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Research helps farmers pinpoint high-and low-yield fields, leads to better use of fertilizer

April 16, 2019

Farmers can’t predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research, they can…
Firing up phosphate production

February 18, 2019

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has developed a smelting process to produce soluble phosphate for fertiliser from low…
Nearly Half the World‘s Insects might go Extinct within Decades if Decisive Action is not Taken

February 12, 2019

Thanks to our current agricultural practices, nearly half of all insect species are in rapid decline and a…
Researchers aim to reduce nitrogen fertilizer use

November 29, 2018

A century later, the global population — and its food demands — continue to climb. Today’s agricultural researchers…
Solving a 75-Year-Old Mystery Might Provide a New Source of Farm Fertilizer

November 28, 2018

The solution to a 75-year-old materials mystery might one day allow farmers in developing nations to produce their…
Engineers develop ‘bury-and-forget’ sensors, data networks for better soil, water quality

November 5, 2018

The satellite images are full of red warnings: Miles and miles of bright red along the Louisiana coast; boiling reds covering most…
Improving soil quality can slow global warming

September 5, 2018

Low-tech ways of improving soil quality on farms and rangelands worldwide could pull significant amounts of carbon out…
New method could save our iconic chalk grasslands

August 22, 2018

A three-year experiment by ecologists from The University of Manchester, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Lancaster…
Corn that acquires its own nitrogen identified, reducing need for fertilizer

August 14, 2018

A public-private collaboration of researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the University of California, Davis, and Mars Inc.,…
Fertilizer destroys plant microbiome’s ability to protect against disease

August 1, 2018

A new study of the role microbial communities play on the leaves of plants suggests that fertilizing crops…
Know what your plants need before fertilizing

July 3, 2018

In a perfect world, garden plants would feed themselves. As it is, we’ve got to help them along…
Plants increase flower production within a day of soil nutrient application

January 26, 2018

The molecular mechanisms enabling plants to quickly adapt their rate of flower production in response to changing nutrient…
New process could slash energy demands of fertilizer, nitrogen-based chemicals

January 18, 2018

Manufacturers currently make fertilizer, pharmaceuticals and other industrial chemicals by pulling nitrogen from the air and combining it…
uGold trials begin – scientists say that human pee can become an environmentally friendly fertilizer

December 26, 2017

If you broke down human urine into basic elements, you would find rather attractive elements, if we may…
New study finds timing is key in keeping organic matter in wet soils

November 28, 2017

When it comes to keeping organic matter contained in wet soils, timing is everything. At least, that’s what…
Soil holds potential to slow global warming, two studies show

October 6, 2017

If you want to do something about global warming, look under your feet. Managed well, soil’s ability to…
Mechanism regulating growth in plants

July 31, 2017

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and their collaborators have uncovered the mechanism in plants that picks out…
Agronomists show nitrogen fertilizer feeds healthy soil in corn and soybean production

March 3, 2017

Newly published research from Iowa State University agronomists shows that the application of nitrogen fertilizer at optimum levels…
Researcher Finds Limited Sign of Soil Adaptation to Climate Warming

January 9, 2017

While scientists and policy experts debate the impacts of global warming, the Earth’s soil is releasing roughly nine…
Soil pHertility

December 8, 2016

For some time now, scientists have known that climate influences soil chemistry — and, in particular, soil pH,…
Finding the Best Fertilizer Recipe for Southeast’s Forage Grass

October 20, 2016

Trying to decide how much fertilizer to use in fields producing forage grasses is a challenge. Forage grasses…
Global study shows link between fertilizer and plant diversity

August 29, 2016

It’s well-established that the more species that thrive in a habitat, the better it is at weathering a…
Fertilizer Use Could Reduce Climate Benefit of Cellulosic Biofuels

June 5, 2016

According to a new study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, the use…
Project could pave the way towards less phosphorus import

June 1, 2016

Phosphorus is an essential compound for agriculture fertilizers and thereby most of the food we consume. But the…
Finding fertilizer’s environmental sweet spot

May 18, 2016

When it comes to the environment, nitrogen fertilizer is a two-edged sword. Applied in the right place in…
Phosphorus ‘tax’ could be huge if tropical farming intensifies

April 21, 2016

One way to feed the globe’s growing population is to ramp up intensive farming in tropical regions, but…
Pinpointing the effects of fertilizer

April 14, 2016

Plant biologists at the University of Illinois have pinpointed the area of genomes within nitrogen-fixing bacteria in roots,…
SupraSensor could be super tool for precision agriculture

March 15, 2016

Preserving the environment and developing agricultural products that do not harm unintended targets are top priorities for many…
Where males sense females in plants

March 11, 2016

Unraveling the unknown receptors and mechanism for fertilization in plants Pollen tubes are attracted by LURE peptides, which…
Scientists show how plants survive in sub-optimal soil conditions

January 21, 2016

Evolution leads to adaptation to even harshest environmental conditions. Despite long and extensive studies, scientists are still not…
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