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Nitrogen loss in soils unearthed

July 31, 2015

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have challenged the current understanding about which microorganisms carry out important…
Nitrogen, sulphur emissions from oilsands could be acting as fertilizer for trees

July 20, 2015

When forest ecologist Ellen Macdonald interpreted data collected from forests around Fort McMurray, she got two surprises. Not…
Digging in the dirt benefits ecosystems

June 15, 2015

Bilbies, bettongs and echidnas play a beneficial role in the arid environment by foraging for food in the…
Tree root research confirms that different morphologies produce similar results

June 12, 2015

Despite markedly different root morphologies and resulting disparities in nutrient-uptake processes, forest trees of different lineages show comparable…
In the Field: SMAP Gathers Soil Data in Australia

May 19, 2015

It’s 3 a.m. in Yanco, Australia, a remote region located 380 miles (612 kilometers) west of Sydney. While…
Fungi enhances crop roots and could be a future ‘bio-fertilizer’

May 5, 2015

“Ancient relationship” between fungi and plant roots creates genetic expression that leads to more root growth. Common fungus…
Big surprises underground for plant scientists

April 20, 2015

The kwongan eco-region in WA’s south-west has revealed some amazing plant kingdom secrets to University of Montreal and…
Bacteria Tracked Feeding Nitrogen to Nutrient-Starved Plants

April 17, 2015

With rising populations and changing climate conditions, the need for resilient and reliable crops has never been greater.…
Algae from clogged waterways could serve as biofuels and fertilizer

March 31, 2015

Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists…
Aluminium threat to food security revealed

March 9, 2015

One third of the world’s food-producing land has been lost in the past 40 years as a result…
Worldwide, the nitrogen cycle is off

February 25, 2015

When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less…
Long-term nitrogen fertilizer use disrupts plant-microbe mutualisms

February 24, 2015

When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less…
Farmers can better prevent nutrient runoff based on land characteristics

February 18, 2015

Farmers on a quest to keep more fertilizer on their fields—and out of Iowa’s waterways—may have an easier…
Dirt mounds made by termites in Africa, South America, Asia could prevent spread of deserts

February 6, 2015

Termites might not top the list of humanity’s favorite insects, but new research suggests that their large dirt…
Drylands: Desolate, scorched, uninhabitable? Scientists say otherwise

February 5, 2015

Drylands evoke images of desolate, scorched, uninhabitable deserts. But arid and semi-arid lands are complex ecosystems made up…
Modeling Nutrient Loss from Midwestern Crop Fields

February 5, 2015

Using cover crops in between corn and soybean crop production in the Midwest could significantly reduce nitrate load…
Can global warming increase area suitable for agriculture?

September 22, 2014

Can global warming be beneficial? It is a notoriously difficult question. But one could argue that all the…
Pee on the pods: recycling urine to fertilise crops

August 11, 2014

Urine could be successfully recycled to fertilise crops according to University of Sydney civil engineering researchers who have…
A Closer Look at Links between Fertilizers and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

April 29, 2014

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are learning more about the mechanics of how nitrogen fertilizers contribute to…
Australian soil carbon map sets a baseline for future gains

March 18, 2014

A new CSIRO-developed map of Australia’s stored soil carbon provides an important benchmark against which Australia can track…
Animals Key to Biodiversity of Over-Fertilized Prairies

March 14, 2014

A comparative study of grasslands on six continents suggests there may be a way to counteract the human-made…
Study: Winter harvest boosts feedstock security

March 13, 2014

A drought two years ago left dairy farmers with a feed shortage and a lingering question: Can the…
Herbivores + light = more plant biodiversity in fertilized grasslands

March 13, 2014

It all comes down to the light. At least in plant species diversity in fertilized grasslands. Fertilizing by…
Waste not: Student aims to get more out of manure

February 11, 2014

Leilah Krounbi is working on a novel solution to soil nutrient deficiency problems plaguing Kenyan farmers: pyrolyzed poop.…
Researchers Study Hydromulches with Guar Gum Substitutes

January 22, 2014

Highway crews busily spraying a green coating on newly graded slopes may be working with a hydraulically applied…
DELLAs bolster symbiosis in Green Revolution crops

January 8, 2014

Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell researchers have identified a plant protein called DELLA that may lead to reducing…
Staying Alive in the High and Dry: How Plants in Arid Lands Gain Nutrients to Survive

November 15, 2013

The vast sagebrush landscapes of the western United States are one of the largest ecosystems in North America. …
Team takes first look at diverse life below rare tallgrass prairies

November 7, 2013

America’s once-abundant tallgrass prairies—which have all but disappeared—were home to dozens of species of grasses that could grow…
Creating cleaner dirt

August 14, 2013

Michigan State University students and faculty are cleaning up farming with worms. The group is involved in a…
Making fertiliser out of thin air will revolutionise agriculture

August 8, 2013

Each year more than 1 million tonnes of mineral nitrogen fertiliser is applied to arable and grass crops in the…
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