News tagged with plant matter

In Organic Cover Crops, More Seeds Means Fewer Weeds

( -- Farmers cultivating organic produce often use winter cover crops to add soil organic matter, improve nutrient cycling and suppress weeds. Now these producers can optimize cover crop use by refining seeding ...

dateJan 26, 2010 in Ecology
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Dairy manure goes urban

When natural ecosystems are replaced by roads, homes, and commercial structures, soil is negatively impacted. Studies have shown that, among other issues, distressed urban soils are often significantly compacted, may have ...

dateJun 23, 2011 in Environment
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Bacteria tend leafcutter ants' gardens

( -- 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 fungi from the so-called ...

dateMar 01, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Wake up and smell the willow

More plant matter could be burned in coal-fired power stations if this 'green' fuel was delivered pre-roasted like coffee beans, according to researchers from the University of Leeds, UK.

dateJan 04, 2011 in Energy & Green Tech
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