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Will grassland soil weather a change?

There's more to an ecosystem than the visible plants and animals. The soil underneath is alive with vital microbes. They make sure nutrients from dead plant and animal material are broken down and made useable by other plants. ...

dateDec 16, 2015 in Environment
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Size does not always matter for root systems

Scientists will dramatically change the direction of their breeding efforts to improve nitrogen uptake by wheat, after the release of findings suggesting wheat genotypes with smaller root systems might be better suited to ...

dateDec 14, 2015 in Environment
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Report dishes the dirt on world soil health

Massey University has contributed to a report issued by the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, stating that the world's soils are at best only in fair condition and in some areas are very poor.

dateDec 10, 2015 in Environment
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Flushed resource restores ecosystem

Every city has abandoned industrial sites. Encouraging life to return to these barren areas is a challenge. It requires a healthy topsoil for plants and animals to flourish. Cities, with their heavily compacted and often ...

dateDec 09, 2015 in Environment
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Increasing aridity reduces microbial diversity

A new study drawn from more than 80 dryland sites across the world indicates that increasing aridity reduces abundance and diversity of microbial communities which carry out for most of ecosystem services such as primary ...

dateDec 09, 2015 in Environment
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Battling climate change—with worms

Nicolas Denieul plants his spade in the ground and turns over a clod of soil to reveal a mass of earthworms seething around plant roots—fat ones and thin ones, delicate translucent violet and dark brown.

dateDec 05, 2015 in Environment
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