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Clues found on how soils may respond to climate change

August 1, 2019

Rock core samples from a period of warming millions of years ago indicate that soils contributed to a…
Tropical soil disturbance could be hidden source of CO2

June 25, 2019

Thousand-year-old tropical soil unearthed by accelerating deforestation and agriculture land use could be unleashing carbon dioxide into the…
Natural environments favour ‘good’ bacteria

May 22, 2019

A new study has shown that restoring environments to include a wider range of species can promote ‘good’…
Terrestrial treasures

April 29, 2019

Sean Brady’s stainless-steel incubator contains no sand, no moldering leaves, no silently squirming worms. But open its glass…
Small digging mammals are much more important for their ecosystems than previously believed

January 17, 2019

Many small mammals dig in order to find food. They feed on various beetles, worms, larvi and other…
Charcoal-like biochar improves soil hydration and enhances agricultural production while it curtails nutrient leaching, increases nitrogen available to plants and reduces the release of gas pollutants. Image credit: Ghasideh Pourhashem
Feds, states can help biochar live up to its soil-saving potential

January 14, 2019

Even though every dollar spent on soil improvement can save much more in environmental costs down the road,…
A warmer climate will also be a drier climate, with negative impacts on forest growth

October 10, 2018

Warmer temperatures brought on by climate change will lead to drier soils and reduce tree photosynthesis and growth…
Soil prospecting yields wealth of potential antibiotics

June 14, 2018

Soil, the source of our best antibiotics, can be more thoroughly mined for new drugs and other useful…
A hidden world of communication, chemical warfare, beneath the soil

May 30, 2018

The soil supporting a field of crops teems with life. Untold numbers of bacteria and fungi strive for…
Healthy soil lifts animal weight

April 20, 2018

Individual pastures on livestock farms yield surprisingly dissimilar benefits to a farm’s overall agricultural income, and those differences…
Molecule discovered in dirt could help against multi-resistant bacteria

March 13, 2018

Mom always said you could get germs from playing in the dirt. Now, scientists have taken that advice…
Walls, toxicity and explosions: How plant cells protect themselves from salinity in soil

February 20, 2018

Stanford, CA—Roots face many challenges in the soil in order to supply the plant with the necessary water…
Ashes to Dust

February 8, 2018

For more than two weeks in December, ash particles swirled like snowflakes across much of Santa Barbara County,…
Two-stage gas sensor reports on soil dynamics

February 7, 2018

A gene “genie” developed by Rice University scientists grants researchers valuable data about microbes through puffs of gas…
An ‘apatite’ for radionuclides

October 20, 2015

Sandia National Laboratories geochemist Mark Rigali and his colleagues are developing and deploying apatite-based technologies to protect groundwater…
Aluminum tolerance fix could open arable land

May 2, 2014

This map shows soil acidity worldwide. Aluminum toxicity in acidic soils limits crop production in close to half…
Dieback devastates south-west bird communities

March 17, 2014

Dieback can convert healthy areas to low growing, infertile habitats with no canopy which impacts animal species that…
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