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Pesticides make the life of earthworms miserable
Pesticides are sprayed on crops to help them grow, but the effect on earthworms living in the soil under the plants is devastating, new research reveals. (2014-03-25)
Research links soil mineral surfaces to key atmospheric processes
Research by Indiana University scientists finds that soil may be a significant and underappreciated source of nitrous acid, a chemical that plays a pivotal role in atmospheric processes such as the formation of smog and determining the lifetime of greenhouse gases. (2014-12-15)
Research lays foundation for building on the moon -- or anywhere else
The key to the stability of any building is its foundation, but it is difficult to test some building sites in advance -- such as those on the moon. (2010-09-29)
Spotlight on Africa's life source -- first 'Soil Atlas of Africa'
The European Commission has today presented the first Soil Atlas of Africa, highlighting a vital natural resource which provides food, fodder, fuel wood, reduces flood risk and protects water supplies. (2013-04-26)
Too Much Fertilizer Ineffective, Data From Historic Farm Plots Indicate
The nation's oldest crop-research plots, at the University of Illinois, are speaking out: Soil stewardship pays. (1997-10-31)
Nanoparticles found in moon glass bubbles explain weird lunar soil behavior
Using synchrotron-based nano tomography, Dr. Marek Zbik has found a highly porous network of alien-looking glassy particles inside unbroken bubbles of glass in a sample of lunar soil. (2012-06-12)
What's in your soil?
The latest in modern soil mineralogical methods is now available from the Soil Science Society of America in their new monograph (2008-04-24)
Research suggests a new method to protect groundwater quality
University of Nebraska researchers investigated a promising option for corn producers in environmentally sensitive areas. (2003-05-08)
Acid rain likely stunts US forests
A recent international scientific study on Russian soils raises concerns that acid rain may have serious implications for forest growth in the US, particularly in eastern areas such as the Adirondack and Catskill regions of New York according to the US Geological Survey. (2005-03-11)
Final FACE harvest reveals increased soil carbon storage under elevated carbon dioxide
Elevated carbon dioxide concentrations can increase carbon storage in the soil, according to results from a 12-year carbon dioxide-enrichment experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (2012-03-05)
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)
RUDN University researcher found out what happens to organic matter on rice fields
A soil scientist from RUDN University has found out how plant root secretions affect microorganisms and biochemical processes in paddy soils (rice fields, for instance). (2017-10-31)
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)
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