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New irrigation strategies for pecans in humid climates

Georgia is the largest pecan producing state in the U.S. Although this humid region receives an average of 127 cm or more rainfall annually, periods of moisture stress can occur during the pecan growing season, particularly ...

dateSep 29, 2015 in Ecology
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Human activity affecting microbes in soil

New research from an Iowa State University ecologist shows that agricultural inputs such as nitrogen and phosphorous alter soil microbial communities, which may have unintended environmental consequences.

dateSep 24, 2015 in Environment
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Controlled 'reset' for nematode-infested soil

Harmful nematodes that damage the soil can be controlled by creating an environment in which they are temporarily deprived of oxygen. Covering the soil with plastic film or a layer of water encourages anaerobic bacteria to ...

dateSep 21, 2015 in Environment
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