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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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Plants also suffer from stress

High salt in soil dramatically stresses plant biology and reduces the growth and yield of crops. Now researchers have found specific proteins that allow plants to grow better under salt stress, and may help breed future generations ...

dateSep 04, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Stopping a soil-borne fungus using charcoal

They are a staple in billions of people's diet worldwide, but a soil-borne fungus is threatening the health of tomato plants. Scientists are using novel techniques to understand the relationship between the disease and the ...

dateSep 16, 2015 in Ecology
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