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Conventional plowing is 'skinning our agricultural fields'
Traditional plow-based agricultural methods and the need to feed a rapidly growing world population are combining to deplete the Earth's soil supply, a new study confirms. (2007-08-08)
Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change
As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. (2017-02-20)
From tropics to poles: Study reveals diversity of life in soils
Microscopic animals that live in soils are as diverse in the tropical forests of Costa Rica as they are in the arid grasslands of Kenya, or the tundra and boreal forests of Alaska and Sweden. (2011-10-18)
Recycled garden compost reduces phosphorus in soils
Broccoli, eggplant, cabbage and capsicum grown with compost made from recycled garden offcuts have produced equivalent yields to those cultivated by conventional farm practice, but without the subsequent build up of phosphorus. (2007-05-31)
Global warming is changing organic matter in soil
New research shows that we should be looking to the ground, not the sky, to see where climate change could have its most perilous impact on life on Earth. (2008-11-24)
Reclaimed wastewater
As water becomes ever more scarce, quenching thirsty crops with wastewater may be OK if done right, researchers here say. (2005-08-09)
Without disturbances in nature the world's forests will be impoverished
The forests of the world are not the stable and unchanging ecosystems they have been assumed to be. (2004-06-21)
Scientist finds best way to measure soil fertility is - in a Mason jar
In a world of technological advancements, a simple wide-mouthed, one-pint Mason jar is the foundation of a diagnostic tool that may revolutionize how farmers determine the nitrogen needs of their cornfields. (2001-12-03)
Mustard -- hot stuff for natural pest control
Researchers, growers and Industry specialists from 22 countries are sharing the latest research into the use of Brassica species, such as mustard, radish, or rapeseed, to manage soil-borne pests and weeds -- a technique known as biofumigation. (2008-07-25)
Tropical soils impede landmine detection
A recent study published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal analyzed the magnetic properties of soil for a look at how metal detectors could be adapted to be more sensitive for local soil conditions in an effort to search out landmines. (2008-02-06)
Cleaning and revitalising polluted land
Contaminated and polluted land is one of Europe's major environmental problems. (2003-12-11)
Cattle associated antibiotics disturb soil ecosystems, Virginia Tech researchers say
The team analyzed soil samples from 11 dairy farms in the United States, and found that the amount of antibiotic resistant genes was 200 times greater in soil near manure piles compared with soil that wasn't. (2017-03-28)
Voicemail discovered in nature
Insects can use plants as (2012-06-12)
BNL Scientists Report On A Natural Cleanup Solution For Polluted Soil & Incinerator Ash
A new, natural method for cleaning toxic metals and radioactive elements from polluted soil and other wastes is described by Brookhaven Lab scientists in an article in Environmental Science & Technology. (1998-12-30)
New book encourages readers to 'Know Soil, Know Life'
Published by the Soil Science Society of America and targeted to high school students, (2013-01-24)
Humus/Mineral interaction
A group of Penn State-led researchers has shown that, for some fossil fuel-based pollutants, increasing the humus content of the soil increases, rather than decreases, the likelihood that the contaminant will move to ground water. (1999-09-27)
Electrically Based Technologies Heat Up The Cleanup Market
Two technologies developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory that promise faster, cheaper and more effective cleanup of certain contaminated soils now are available commercially. (1997-09-10)
Switchgrass may be a good option for farmers who have lost fertile topsoil
A study from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found that switchgrass, which is a perennial plant and used commonly for biofuel, improves soil quality and can be grown on farms that have lost fertile topsoil. (2016-12-13)
Australian expertise helps resurrect Iraq's ancient marshlands
Australian expertise has played a major role in the new international effort to assess and remediate Iraq's once magnificent Mesopotamian marshlands, which were drained and burned under Saddam Hussein's regime in one of the world's worst environmental tragedies. (2004-10-13)
The dirt on packaged rhino beetles
Bags of commercial potting soil are irresistible to beetles. (2016-12-20)
New Areas Of High Biological Diversity Discovered
Attractive animals have been studied in more detail than lower orders of animals. (1999-05-20)
Study finds limited sign of soil adaptation to climate warming
As the global climate warms, will soil respiration rates increase, adding even more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and accelerating climate change? (2016-11-14)
Polyethylene mulch, glazing create optimal conditions for soil solarization
Researchers raised soil temperatures in high tunnels in southern Arizona to determine the efficacy of soil solarization using clear mulch on the soil surface and with tunnel glazing or with no glazing. (2014-11-21)
Bioplastic and biofabric tested for cucumber production
Trials in field and high tunnel cucumber cropping systems compared performance and decomposition (after use) among two bioplastic films and four experimental spunbond, nonwoven biofabrics. (2016-06-22)
World congress explores research, multi-disciplinary science of soils
The scientific program for the World Congress of Soil Science, July 9-15, 2006 in Philadelphia will focus on multi-disciplinary soil science advances. (2006-03-29)
Mediterranean earthworm species found thriving in Ireland as global temperatures rise
Scientists have discovered a thriving population of Mediterranean earthworms in an urban farm in Dublin, Ireland. (2012-07-25)
Potatoes and biochar are not friends
Studies have shown that adding biochar to soil can improve soil fertility, increase nutrient utilization in plants, improve soil water-holding capacity, increase crop yield and reduce emission of greenhouse gases. (2016-10-04)
Managing soil copper in crops irrigated with cattle footbath wastewater
Getting a head start on stopping soil copper buildup will now be a bit easier, thanks to studies by US Department of Agriculture scientists. (2012-09-24)
Helping the NRC look below the surface
Agricultural Research Service scientists are helping US Nuclear Regulatory Commission experts model the movement of radioactive materials in the soil. (2010-04-23)
Clemson scientists: Kudzu can release soil carbon, accelerate global warming
Clemson University scientists are shedding new light on how invasion by exotic plant species affects the ability of soil to store greenhouse gases. (2014-07-01)
Healing the soil
Chicago's history of industrialization and urbanization left its mark on the soil. (2016-02-10)
The effects of pesticides on soil organisms are complex
There are significant interactions between soil management factors, including pesticide application, with respect to effects on soil organisms. (2016-10-04)
Bugs have key role in farming approach to storing CO2 emissions
Tiny microbes are at the heart of a novel agricultural technique to manage harmful greenhouse gas emissions. (2012-06-15)
Improving fertilizer efficiency
Producers in the western U.S. base their nitrogen fertilizer applications on the results of soil nitrate tests, but in-season monitoring of plant nitrogen status may lead to more accurate fertilizer recommendations, says Texas A&M University scientists in the September/October issue of Soil Science Society of America Journal. (2003-09-22)
Soil-borne pathogens drive tree diversity in forests, study shows
Researchers have identified soil-borne pathogens as one important mechanism that can maintain species diversity and explain patterns of tree abundance in a forest. (2010-06-25)
Bioengineering with vetiver grass on Guam
A University of Guam scientist uses vetiver grass to save reefs. (2011-04-07)
Soils and landscapes of the Southwestern United States topic of symposium
Range of climate, soil forming factors and geologic history created arid southwest. (2016-09-08)
Students get a feel for soil-water relationships
Educators develop a simple yet powerful demonstration of soil water retention and field capacity, two concepts that are often difficult to teach without expensive equipment. (2010-08-02)
A better understanding of the impacts of grazing sheep
A USDA scientist is giving guidance to growers in Montana and the Dakotas on how grazing sheep when fields are left fallow will affect soil quality. (2013-03-14)
New field guide provides a practical primer on soils
The Soil Science Society of America has released a new field guide created to provide a clear guidance on how to conduct specific activities related to improved soil management. (2008-09-10)
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