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Why does a worm need nearly as many genes as a man?
The nematode worm, C. elegans, is the focus of an intense research effort in both developmental biology and genetics because it is one of the simplest multicellular organisms with a nervous system. (2001-10-17)
Critical zone, critical research
The critical zone extends from the top of the tallest tree down through the soil and into the water and rock beneath it. (2016-12-07)
Deer proliferation disrupts a forest's natural growth
Cornell researchers have discovered that a burgeoning deer population forever alters the progression of a forest's natural future by creating environmental havoc in the soil and disrupting the soil's natural seed banks. (2014-03-07)
Lowering Applications Of Nitrogen Fertilizer Can Boost Profits
Studies on nitrogen fertilizer use on Illinois farms show that seed corn grown in sandy soils does better with a lot less nitrogen, and that too much nitrogen on some fields is accumulating in microorganisms -- not the soil itself (1996-11-07)
Tillage farming damaging earthworm populations, say scientists
The digging, stirring and overturning of soil by conventional ploughing in tillage farming is severely damaging earthworm populations around the world, say scientists. (2017-05-08)
Carbon buried in the soil rises again
A team of researchers estimated that roughly half of the carbon buried in soil by erosion will be re-released into the atmosphere within about 500 years, and possibly faster due to climate change. (2012-11-05)
Going with the flow?
Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring water flow through soil for years. (2015-04-23)
Plant buffers may limit spread of antibiotics in animal waste
Research by scientists at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry suggests that buffer strips of grasses and other plants can trap and break down veterinary antibiotics in manure fertilizers. (2010-02-12)
Studying soil to understand drought
A University of California, Riverside assistant professor and a team of researchers are using an often overlooked tool to fight the drought: soil. (2015-12-08)
Microbes contribute less to climate warming
The physiology of microbes living underground could determine the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from soils on a warmer Earth, according to a study published online this week in Nature Geoscience. (2010-04-27)
Plants engineered to express a fruit fly gene may help clean up environmental pollutant
Through a process called phytoremediation, researchers are using plants to clean up land contaminated with TNT, a toxic environmental pollutant and possible carcinogen. (2016-12-07)
Answering that age-old lament: Where does all this dust come from?
Where does it come from? Scientists in Arizona are reporting a surprising answer to that question, which has puzzled and perplexed generations of men and women confronted with layers of dust on furniture and floors. (2010-02-18)
Soil water, microbes influence carbon in world's coldest desert, ASU-Dartmouth study finds
Soil water and microbes' respiration contribute to fluctuations of carbon dioxide in the world's coldest desert, where climate change is expected to increase underground moisture and microorganisms, an Arizona State University and Dartmouth College study finds. (2015-06-29)
Historical rainfall levels are significant in carbon emissions from soil
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have discovered that soil microbes from historically wetter sites are more sensitive to moisture and emit significantly more carbon than microbes from historically drier regions. (2017-05-29)
Clemson researcher will study plutonium underground for Energy Department
Environmental scientists at Clemson University have received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the US Department of Energy to study how plutonium, a byproduct of used nuclear fuel, interacts with soil. (2010-11-11)
Soil could become a significant source of carbon dioxide, experts warn
If people continue using and changing the land over the next century in the same way they currently do, soils will have limited potential to counter the effect of climate change and will become a net source of atmospheric carbon dioxide, experts have warned. (2016-11-03)
Survival of soil organisms is a wake-up call for biosecurity
Tiny creatures in soil that attack plants have the ability to survive for at least three years stored in dry conditions, showed a recent AgResearch study. (2017-08-24)
Why nature restoration takes time
'Relationships' in the soil become stronger during nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really 'connected'. (2017-02-08)
Glyphosate-resistant 'superweeds' may be less susceptible to diseases
Scientists searching for clues to understand how superweeds obtain resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate may have been missing a critical piece of information, a Purdue University study shows. (2012-07-17)
Fostering community gardens in an area with historic soil contamination
The soil in industrial cities is often an overlooked resource. (2013-10-18)
Soil Variation Important In Natural Plant Communities
Virginia Tech faculty members Paul Mou of forestry and Robert H. (1998-08-04)
Making 'mulch' ado of ant hills
Research undertaken by scientists in China reveals that ants are hardworking and beneficial insects. (2017-03-22)
Connecting phytobiomes with soil and plant health symposium planned
Microbes respond differently to their environment; the entire system influences plant and soil and health. (2015-09-21)
Engaging high school students in soil science inquiry
Soil science is an important component of many important global issues. (2011-06-09)
Can one-time tillage improve no-till?
Researchers test whether a one-time tillage of no-till could help manage certain perennial weeds, and reduce phosphorus stratification and runoff. (2010-06-28)
Getting to know a catena
Soils present a marvelous opportunity for science students to see the practical real-world implications and applications of the principles of basic physics, biology and chemistry. (2003-04-24)
Improving swine waste fertilizer
Swine production generates large amounts of waste. While this waste contains nutrients that may serve as fertilizer when applied to agricultural fields, the ratio of nutrients in the waste is different than what a crop requires. (2008-07-08)
Environment of tumors impacts metastasis, study finds
According to a new study, the microenvironment of a tumor cell has significant impact on cancer metastasis. (2015-11-16)
Growing camelina and safflower in the Pacific Northwest
Planting these oilseed crops will require attention to wind erosion. (2014-05-16)
18th World Congress of Soil Science
Leading international soil scientists will meet to discuss key issues in this field, including hazardous waste remediation, land use, and environmental protection. (2006-06-30)
Symbiotic fungi inhabiting plant roots have major impact on atmospheric carbon, scientists say
Microscopic fungi that live in plants' roots play a major role in the storage and release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher and his colleagues at Boston University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. (2014-01-08)
Unexpected finding shows climate change complexities in soil
In a surprising finding, North Carolina State University researchers have shown that certain underground organisms thought to promote chemical interactions that make the soil a carbon sink actually play a more complex, dual role when atmospheric carbon levels rise. (2012-08-30)
Coneheads (Protura) of Italy: What we know in their 'native' country after a century
Coneheads collected from all over the territory of Italy were studied by three researchers of Genoa University (Loris Galli, Matteo Capurro and Carlo Torti). (2011-11-10)
Farming on Mars? The Martian raises questions about soil
In the recent sci-fi hit, The Martian, the main character, astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon), manages to grow potatoes on the planet with a mix of ingenuity, science, and a bit of Hollywood make-believe. (2015-10-29)
Fungi may determine the future of soil carbon
Soil contains more carbon than air and plants combined. This means that even a minor change in soil carbon could have major implications for the Earth's atmosphere and climate. (2014-01-08)
One crop, two ways, multiple benefits
Recently published research demonstrates the effects of using faba beans in two different ways to increase soil health in Canadian soils. (2016-01-06)
Loss of soil carbon due to climate change will be 'huge'
55 trillion kilograms: that's how much carbon could be released into the atmosphere from the soil by mid-century if climate change isn't stopped. (2016-11-30)
Manure applications elevate nitrogen accumulation and loss
Scientists investigated the impact of co-application of manures with chemical N fertilizer on N accumulation and loss in a greenhouse rotationally planted with cucumber or tomato and lettuce. (2016-01-04)
UCI-led team develops more accurate model of climate change's effect on soil
Scientists from UC Irvine and the National Center for Atmospheric Research have developed a new computer model to measure global warming's effect on soil worldwide that accounts for how bacteria and fungi in soil control carbon. (2013-08-01)
Inaugural Kirkham Gold Medal presented to expert on soil physics
The first Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Gold Medal was awarded to Donald R. (2008-04-17)
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