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Weighing the environmental impacts of a byproduct of biofuel combustion: plant skeletons

October 16, 2019

As a renewable resource, biomass presents an appealing alternative to fossil fuels for energy production. Burning plants, however,…
Ancient gene duplication gave grasses multiple ways to wait out winter

January 11, 2019

If you’ve ever grown carrots in your garden and puzzled over never once seeing them flower, don’t blame…
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…
No defense for some plants in the eat-or-be-eaten world of grasslands

August 16, 2018

If you’re a gardener, you may not be too thrilled when insects, rabbits, fungi and other plant-eaters nibble…
Prescribed Burn Planned for UCSB Campus Lagoon

August 8, 2018

In conjunction with the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), the Santa Barbara County Fire Department…
Scientists examine perennial grass as an option for flood-prone land

August 1, 2018

Low-lying fields often flood after heavy rains, sometimes requiring those acres to be replanted or even leading to…
Grassland plants react unexpectedly to high levels of carbon dioxide

April 24, 2018

Plants are responding in unexpected ways to increased carbon dioxide in the air, according to a twenty-year study…
Roll up your sleeves: Invasive weeds need persistence to control

February 27, 2018

They float in the wind, get shaken off pets and wildlife, travel the world stuck to luggage or…
Large-scale removal of beachgrass leads to new life for endangered coastal lupine

February 9, 2018

A rare, coastal flowering plant known as Tidestrom’s lupine — threatened by native deer mice that can munch…
Tricky grass genome sequenced after two decades of investment and research

December 14, 2017

Imagine if as you read this article, blocks of text kept rearranging themselves, recombining and repeating, seemingly at…
Planting grass seed? Most Twin Citians water lawns ‘way too much’

September 12, 2017

Early fall may be prime time for planting grass seed, but a recent University of Minnesota Extension survey…
Rangeland Grasses Recover Quickly After Wildfires

September 8, 2017

There is good news for beef producers in western states: They might not have to wait two to…
New study from Iowa State University biologist tracks nonnative plant species in timing of grassland green-up

August 10, 2017

Gradual changes to when grassland plants turn green in the spring and fade in the fall, widely attributed…
In a drought, over-irrigated lawns lose 70 billion gallons of water a year

May 25, 2017

In the summer of 2010, Los Angeles lost about 100 gallons of water per person per day to…
Scientists reveal how grass developed a better way to breathe

March 22, 2017

Flash back to your first lesson in photosynthesis and you may recall stomata, the holes in the leaves…
New breeding strategy to increase the export of Danish grasses

February 12, 2017

The global crop production is both facing new opportunities but also great challenges: the demand for biomass for…
New grasses neutralize toxic pollution from bombs, explosives and munitions

November 23, 2016

On military live fire training ranges, troops practice firing artillery shells, drop bombs on old tanks or derelict…
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…
Warmer, wetter climate would impair California grasslands

September 6, 2016

Results from one of the longest-running and most extensive experiments to examine how climate change will affect agricultural…
To save water on lawns, throw some shade

July 15, 2016

How much water does your lawn really need?  A University of Utah study re-evaluated lawn watering recommendations by…
In grasslands, longer spring growing season offsets higher summer temperatures

March 1, 2016

Grasslands across North America will face higher summer temperatures and widespread drought by the end of the century,…
Huge carbon stores under grasslands discovered

February 11, 2016

Published in the leading journal Global Change Biology, the study shows that decades of intensive grassland farming across…
Grass-planting change boosts coastal wetland restoration success

November 4, 2015

When restoring coastal wetlands, common practice calls for leaving space between new plants to prevent overcrowding and reduce…
More rain leads to fewer trees in the African savanna

October 20, 2015

In 2011, satellite images of the African savannas revealed a mystery: these rolling grasslands, with their heavy rainfalls…
Study finds weather extremes harmful to grasslands

September 30, 2015

Fluctuations in extreme weather events, such as heavy rains and droughts, are affecting ecosystems in unexpected ways —…
A New Forage Comes to the Midwest, Courtesy of Mother Nature

August 28, 2015

A forgotten forage grass imported from Europe in the 1800s could soon begin to help boost cattle and…
4 million years at Africa’s salad bar

August 4, 2015

As grasses grew more common in Africa, most major mammal groups tried grazing on them at times during…
Human threat to grassland ecosystems

June 3, 2015

A manmade pollutant is having a significant impact on our global environment according to a new study published…
First Linkage Map of Creeping Bentgrass Completed

November 3, 2014

The first ever linkage map for creeping bentgrass, a commonly used turfgrass, was completed by U.S. Department of…
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