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Why crop rotation works

Crop rotation has been used since Roman times to improve plant nutrition and to control the spread of disease. A new study to be published in Nature's 'The ISME Journal' reveals the profound effect it has on enriching soil w ...

dateJul 18, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Bacteria tend leafcutter ants' gardens

(PhysOrg.com) -- Leafcutter ants, the tiny red dots known for carrying green leaves as they march through tropical forests, are also talented farmers that cultivate gardens of fungi and bacteria. Ants eat ...

dateMar 01, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Channeling our ion past

To understand how the first cells transported ions across their membranes, researchers are studying simple channels used by fungi to kill off bacteria.

dateJun 07, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Fungi shifted plant balance of power

Cooperating with fungi didn't just help the earliest plants spread across a barren, rocky landscape; it also played a decisive role in the rise of more complex plants with roots and leaves that make up most ...

dateMay 24, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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Algae can draw energy from other plants

Flowers need water and light to grow. Even children learn that plants use sunlight to gather energy from earth and water. Members of Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse's biological research team at Bielefeld University ...

dateNov 20, 2012 in Biotechnology
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