Undergraduate studies how rhododendrons invade and conquer by disturbing nitrogen cycle
How important is the soil beneath our feet to what grows above it?
Study shows manure from cows not given antibiotics still causes increase in resistant bacteria in soil
Crowd-sourcing effort to fight antibiotic resistance
A class of microbiology students at Iowa State University hopes that the next big discovery in the fight against antibiotic-resistant diseases is right below their feet.
Researchers look at small RNA pathways in maize tassels
Researchers at the University of Delaware and other institutions across the country have been awarded a four-year, $6.5 million National Science Foundation grant to analyze developmental events in maize anthers ...
Straw albedo mitigates extreme heat
Wheat fields are often tilled immediately after the crop is harvested, removing the light-coloured stubble and crop residues from the soil surface and bringing dark bare earth to the top. Post-harvest tilling ...
Researchers aim to disarm a 'cereal killer'
A fungus that kills an estimated 30 percent of the world's rice crop may finally have met its match, thanks to a research discovery made by scientists at the University of Delaware and the University of California ...
How plant small RNAs are activated to control transposons in pollen
Studying a distant relative of viruses known as transposons, the University of Delaware's Blake Meyers is working with researchers from Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) Laboratory to see how small RNAs in plants ...
Study assesses environmental impact of Ontario corn production
Researchers at the University of Guelph examined the energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with corn production in Ontario. Their findings are published today in the Agricultural Institute of Canada's (AIC) ...
Novel solution to soil nutrient deficiency problems in Kenya
Leilah Krounbi is working on a novel solution to soil nutrient deficiency problems plaguing Kenyan farmers: pyrolyzed poop.
Swedish soil biota more beneficial for lodgepole pine than Canadian soil biota
Thanks to its excellent growth, the Canadian lodgepole pine has become a popular feature of forestry in Northern Sweden. Researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences are now able to demonstrate ...
NASA Goddard planetary instruments score a hat trick
Planetary instruments from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., hit the trifecta on Dec. 4, running three experiments of the same kind at different places in space.
We'll rise or fall on the quality of our soil
Great civilisations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded. The modern world could suffer the same fate.
Warming will disturb balance of soil nutrients in drylands
An increase in aridity due to global warming will disturb the balance of nutrients in the soil and reduce productivity of the world's drylands, which support millions of people, a landmark study predicts.
Nitrogen fertilizer remains in soils and leaks towards groundwater for decades
Nitrogen fertilizer applied to crops lingers in the soil and leaks out as nitrate for decades towards groundwater – "much longer than previously thought," scientists in France and at the University of Calgary ...