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Farmers and food companies hit the dirt to improve soil health

May 30, 2019

Big food brands, such as Kellogg, Campbell, Mars Wrigley and General Mills, have started investing in their ingredients…
Local plant-microbe alliances shape global biomes

April 19, 2019

Dense rainforests, maple-blanketed mountains and sweeping coniferous forests demonstrate the growth and proliferation of trees adapted to specific…
Getting to the root of plant simulations

April 14, 2019

New dynamic model better portrays how plant roots forage and adapt to resource fluctuation. If you’ve ever tended…
New grant will allow ISU scientists to study how prairie strips on farms affect soil health over time

April 3, 2019

Researchers at Iowa State University will test how the environmental benefits of planting strips of prairie among row…
Arborvitae stands tall as a low-maintenance hedge

March 4, 2019

For a hedge, arborvitae has a place. It’s tall, skinny, evergreen, low-maintenance and cheap. “Some people look down…
New anti-CRISPR proteins discovered in soil and human gut

February 11, 2019

Scientists from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU) have found four new anti-CRISPR proteins that are…
Storage Wars of Carbon Conservation

January 4, 2019

One answer to our greenhouse gas challenges may be right under our feet: Soil scientists Oliver Chadwick of UC Santa…
Scientists unearth soil property that combats chronic wasting disease

December 19, 2018

Scientists at the University of Alberta have discovered a property in soil that can help reduce the spread…
Searching in soil, scientists find a new way to combat tuberculosis

November 13, 2018

For decades, doctors have been using antibiotics to fight tuberculosis (TB). And consistently, the microbe responsible for the…
Study reveals how soil bacteria are primed to consume greenhouse gas

October 31, 2018

New research has revealed that some soil bacteria are primed ready to consume the potent greenhouse gas nitrous…
New ‘droughty’ soils model for Pacific Northwest could aid forest health in changing climate

August 21, 2018

Scientists have developed a new approach to modeling potentially drought-prone soils in Pacific Northwest forests, which could aid…
Mice with access to soil have greater resistance to allergies

August 18, 2018

Earlier research has shown that the past decade’s dramatic increase of chronic, inflammatory illnesses is due partly to…
Soil bugs fight to survive climate change

August 7, 2018

The recent heatwave and drought could be having a deeper, more negative effect on soil than we first…
As temperatures rise, Earth’s soil is ‘breathing’ more heavily

August 2, 2018

Study suggests carbon stored in soil is entering atmosphere faster, thanks to microbes The vast reservoir of carbon…
New Test Can Determine Nitrogen Levels in Soil

July 17, 2018

Nitrogen is the main nutrient added to cereal crops like corn, which makes them grow faster and stronger.…
Don’t neglect to water garden in summer

July 9, 2018

No matter the stereotype, summers are dry in Oregon and gardens need to be watered regularly, especially in…
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…
Researchers hunt for tomorrow’s antimicrobial agents in the Christiania topsoil

November 14, 2017

Two men sit beside a lush marijuana plant in Christiania, digging in the soil. Suddenly a third man…
Soil study lends clues to ancient climate

November 14, 2017

In a new study published in the November edition of Sedimentary Geology, Joeckel outlines the findings of a multi-year…
The outsized role of soil microbes

August 29, 2017

Many complexities of the carbon sequestration process remain poorly understood, despite years of research and the significant impact…
Soil Doesn’t Forget

August 9, 2017

Ecologists need to understand what and where soil microbes live in Earth’s ecosystems—these microorganisms can influence what can…
Zapping the ground with electricity to create detailed soil maps for farms

June 20, 2017

A University at Buffalo professor has devised an ingenious way to more quickly test soil in farm fields…
Decomposing leaves are surprising source of greenhouse gases

June 6, 2017

Scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide.…
Sweet compounds aid water retention in dry soil

May 10, 2017

Organic material added by plant roots and microbes provides nutritious candy for the soil. Literally. Released cellular sugar…
Past climate a better predictor of soil carbon than current climate

April 14, 2017

The climate that Earth experienced millions of years ago could reveal more about the health of soils and…
Study: Soils Could Release Much More Carbon Than Expected as Climate Warms

March 12, 2017

Soils could release much more CO2 than expected into the atmosphere as the climate warms, according to new…
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…
Study tracks “memory” of soil moisture

January 23, 2017

The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet’s…
How soil organisms can help plant species coexist

January 13, 2017

A new study of shrublands in Southwest Australia has identified how plant species can successfully coexist while competing…
Scientists zero in on biological diversity in ‘poor man’s rainforest’

January 9, 2017

The soil beneath our feet is not as biologically diverse as scientists previously thought, according to a research…
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