Manure offsets fertiliser's nano-scale changes
A UWA study has shown how long-term use of chemical fertilisers changes the soil on a nanoparticle scale and how these changes can be avoided by adding organic matter such as manure.
Farms are focus of studies on drinking water toxin
Scientists and farmers agree that phosphorus from agriculture runoff is feeding the blue-green algae blooms on Lake Erie linked to a toxin found in the drinking water of 400,000 people in Ohio and southeastern ...
Using tree tannins to target manure odor
Tannins from the quebracho tree can control the production of compounds that cause manure odors, according to studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. This research may someday give livestock ...
US college has system to extract water from manure
A technology for extracting drinkable water from manure is on its way to commercial application this year, a U.S. university said Thursday.
Cow manure harbors diverse new antibiotic resistance genes
Manure from dairy cows, which is commonly used as a farm soil fertilizer, contains a surprising number of newly identified antibiotic resistance genes from the cows' gut bacteria. The findings, reported in mBio the online ...
Antibiotics in manure a far-reaching impact on abundance of human pathogenic bacteria in soils
Scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München, in a joint study with researchers of Julius Kühn Institute in Braunschweig, have found that the repeated application of manure contaminated with antibiotics lastingly changes the ...
Making manure work for agriculture
Livestock manure represents a valuable resource in the agriculture sector. As fertilizer it is a source of nitrogen, phosphorous and organic matter, all crucial for the sustainability of European farming.
Research minimizes effects of federal produce standards on mushroom industry
Strict requirements on the use of animal manures in fresh produce production imposed by the new federal food-safety law threatened to adversely impact the mushroom industry, which relies on horse and poultry ...
Creating plants that make their own fertilizer
Scientists at Washington University are undertaking an ambitious project to engineer tiny nitrogen-fixing devices within photosynthetic cells.
What are the risks when hens lay their eggs on the floor?
Hens usually prefer to lay their eggs in nests but it is not unusual for some eggs to be laid on the floor of the hen house or on the ground and in some cases the incidence of floor eggs can be quite high. ...
Cattle flatulence doesn't stink with biotechnology
The agriculture industry is researching new technologies to help feed the growing population. But feeding the world without harming air quality is a challenge.
New tool helps farmers nip nitrogen losses
A new tool helps farmers feed crops only as much as they really need.
Waste guzzling fly factory wins African innovation prize
A fly factory that transforms blood, guts, manure and discarded food into animal feed has walked away with a $100,000 UN-backed innovation prize.
Biochar reduces nasty nitrous oxide emissions on farms
(Phys.org) —In the quest to decrease the world's greenhouse gases, Cornell scientists have discovered that biochar – a charcoal-like substance – reduces the nemesis nitrous oxide from agricultural soil ...