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ORNL scientists make fundamental discovery to creating better crops
A team of scientists led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the specific gene that controls an important symbiotic relationship between plants and soil fungi, and successfully facilitated the symbiosis in a plant that typically resists it. (2019-07-22)
Yield-boosting stay-green gene identified from 118-year-old experiment in corn
A corn gene identified from a 118-year-old experiment at the University of Illinois could boost yields of today's elite hybrids with no added inputs. (2019-07-11)
Nitrogen from biosolids can help urban soils and plant growth
Research determines bioavailable nitrogen content of different biosolid products. (2019-07-10)
Satellite data reveals largest-ever macroalgae bloom
Scientists have used satellite observations to identify the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt -- a heavy mass of brown algae stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. (2019-07-04)
Can we feed 11 billion people while preventing the spread of infectious disease?
A new article published in Nature Sustainability describes how the increase in population and the need to feed everyone will give rise to human infectious disease, a situation the authors of the paper consider 'two of the most formidable ecological and public health challenges of the 21st century.' (2019-07-02)
Scientists unearth green treasure -- albeit rusty -- in the soil
Cornell University engineers have taken a step in understanding how iron in the soil may unlock naturally occurring phosphorus bound in organic matter, which can be used in fertilizer, so that one day farmers may be able to reduce the amount of artificial fertilizers applied to fields. (2019-06-17)
EWG: Nitrate pollution of US tap water could cause 12,500 cancer cases each year
Nitrate pollution of US drinking water may cause up to 12,594 cases of cancer a year, according to a new peer-reviewed study by the Environmental Working Group. (2019-06-11)
Foraging for nitrogen
As sessile organisms, plants rely on their ability to adapt the development and growth of their roots in response to changing nutrient conditions. (2019-06-07)
Fertilizer plants emit 100 times more methane than reported
Emissions of methane from the industrial sector have been vastly underestimated, researchers from Cornell University and Environmental Defense Fund have found. (2019-06-06)
Chloropicrin application increases production and profit potential for potato growers
Chloropicrin was first used on potato in 1940 as a wireworm suppressant and then in 1965 as a verticillium suppressant. (2019-05-28)
Intensive silviculture accelerates Atlantic rainforest biodiversity regeneration
The study shows the advantages of herbicide spraying and intensive fertilization in reforestation programs to mitigate the effects of climate change. (2019-05-17)
Where there's waste there's fertilizer
Scientists recycle phosphorus by combining dairy and water treatment leftovers. (2019-05-15)
Getting fertilizer in the right place at the right rate
In-soil placement of phosphorus can decrease phosphorus loss in snowmelt runoff (2019-04-24)
Plant signals trigger remarkable bacterial transformation
Cycad plant roots release signals into the soil that triggers the transformation of bacteria into its motile form, helping them move to the plant roots and establish a symbiotic partnership. (2019-04-23)
Solving the mystery of fertilizer loss from Midwest cropland
Farmers can't predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research from Michigan State University, they can now pinpoint specific parts of their fields that consistently produce either good or bad yields. (2019-04-15)
Air pollution caused by corn production increases mortality rate in US
A new study establishes that environmental damage caused by corn production results in 4,300 premature deaths annually in the United States, representing a monetized cost of $39 billion. (2019-04-01)
Are no-fun fungi keeping fertilizer from plants?
Research explores soil, fungi, phosphorus dynamics. (2019-03-27)
Excessive phosphate fertilizer use can reduce microbial functions critical to crop health
A team of scientists at Penn State University set out to determine if nutrient history changed the function of soil microorganisms. (2019-03-18)
Researchers show how coffee growers can optimize profits, sustainably
First study to quantify economic trade-offs of shifting from conventional to shade-grown coffee production. (2019-03-12)
Improving ecosystems with aquatic plants
Wetland restoration is critical for improving ecosystem services, but many aquatic plant nurseries do not have facilities similar to those typically used for large-scale plant production. (2019-02-27)
'Dead zone' volume more important than area to fish, fisheries
A new study suggests that measuring the volume rather than the area of the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is more appropriate for monitoring its effects on marine organisms. (2019-02-26)
Scientists reveal impacts of anthropogenic nitrogen discharge on nitrogen transport in global rivers
Scientists found that riverine dissolved inorganic nitrogen in the USA has increased primarily due to the use of nitrogen fertilizers. (2019-02-22)
More data, more land reclamation success
A new study shows teams can increase the chance of successful land reclamation by first collecting soil data at short intervals. (2019-02-13)
Everything in moderation
In efforts to curb our use of greenhouse gas-generating fossil fuels, plant-based biofuels are among the top contenders as alternative liquid energy sources for transportation. (2019-02-01)
Common policy premise on link between soil and crop yield is valid -- to a point
While policymakers often tout the benefits of increasing soil organic matter as a way to boost agricultural yield, there is limited evidence that this strategy actually works. (2019-01-24)
Study predicts how air pollutants from US forest soils will increase with climate change
Scientists predict that certain regions of the United States will experience higher levels of pollutants that cause smog, acid rain and respiratory problems due changes in forest soils from climate change. (2019-01-22)
Right green for crop, environment, wallet
Researchers found an efficient approach to managing nitrogen in agriculture and reducing its environmental impact. (2019-01-16)
RUDN pedologists found out a correct combination of nitrogen fertilizers and plastic mulch
RUDN pedologists studied the combined effect of nitrogen-containing fertilizers and plastic mulching. (2019-01-15)
Divining Roots: revealing how plants branch out to access water
New research has discovered how plant roots sense the availability of moisture in soil and then adapt their shape to optimise acquisition of water. (2018-12-21)
Building a better weapon against harmful algal blooms
This week at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in Washington, D.C, a team of scientists from The Ohio State University shared early results from a trio of studies that aim to improve models designed to guide agricultural practices for reducing the risk of nitrogen and phosphorous farm runoff. (2018-12-17)
WSU researcher creates first model of how plastic waste moves in the environment
A Washington State University researcher for the first time has modeled how microplastic fibers move through the environment. (2018-11-27)
Solving a 75-year-old mystery might provide a new source of farm fertilizer
The solution to a 75-year-old materials mystery might one day allow farmers in developing nations to produce their own fertilizer on demand, using sunlight and nitrogen from the air. (2018-11-27)
Human excrement efficiently converted to hydrochar -- World Toilet Day Nov. 19
The discovery addresses two challenges prevalent in the developing world: sanitation and growing energy needs. (2018-11-15)
Soil's history: A solution to soluble phosphorus?
New research suggests that, over time, less phosphorus fertilizer may be necessary on agricultural fields. (2018-11-14)
Why a stream of plasma makes chemical reactions more efficient
A whiff of plasma, when combined with a nanosized catalyst, can cause chemical reactions to proceed faster, more selectively, at lower temperatures, or at lower voltages than without plasma. (2018-11-06)
Turning marginal farmlands into a win for farmers and ecosystems
Many farms have areas where the ground either floods or does not retain enough water or fertilizer for crops to thrive. (2018-11-05)
How one tough shrub could help fight hunger in Africa
The trick to boosting crops in drought-prone, food-insecure areas of West Africa could be a ubiquitous native shrub that persists in the toughest of growing conditions. (2018-11-02)
Fertilizers' impact on soil health compared
In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. (2018-10-31)
Applying auto industry's fuel-efficiency standards to agriculture could net billions
Adopting benchmarks similar to the fuel-efficiency standards used by the auto industry in the production of fertilizer could yield $5-8 billion in economic benefits for the U.S. corn sector alone, researchers have concluded in a new analysis. (2018-10-15)
Flexible fertilizer regulations could reduce pollution, save billions
To reduce pollution and save billions of dollars in damages, the United States and other national governments should require manufacturers to sell nitrogen fertilizer with compounds designed to increase their efficiency and reduce pollution. (2018-10-15)
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