Soils help control radioactivity in Fukushima, Japan
Radiation suddenly contaminates the land your family has farmed and lived on for generations. Can soil play a role in protecting crops and human health?
Farmers of the future will utilize drones, robots and GPS
Today's agriculture has transformed into a high-tech enterprise that most 20th-century farmers might barely recognize.
Scientists discover mechanics of poison production in crotalaria herbaceous plants
"Many plants require nitrogenous soil to grow. However, these soils are not available in all regions. Some species therefore form a symbiosis with soil bacteria, allowing them to bind nitrogen from the air", ...
How rain is dependent on soil moisture
It rains in summer most frequently when the ground holds a lot of moisture. However, precipitation is most likely to fall in regions where the soil is comparatively dry. This is the conclusion reached by ...
The number of fungal species has been greatly overestimated
A study led by the researchers of the University of Tartu Natural History Museum discovered that the most species-rich fungal communities are in tropical rainforests. The estimated global species richness ...
Protecting crops from radiation-contaminated soil
Almost four years after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, farmland remains contaminated with higher-than-natural levels of radiocesium in some regions of Japan, with cesium-134 ...
First-light images from NASA's soil moisture satellite revealed
As severe weather hazards continue to afflict parts of the country to historic extremes, Professor Dara Entekhabi of the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and a team of NASA scientists ...
Aluminium threat to food security revealed
One third of the world's food-producing land has been lost in the past 40 years as a result of soil degradation, putting global food security at risk.
Farmers can use free online system to map fields and reduce soil erosion
Dean Patches' to-do list has no end.
Ferns may hold key to land rehabilitation
Ferns may have potential in rehabilitating land following work by WA researchers who investigated how ferns are able to survive in semi-arid environments of Australia.
Human and animal interaction identified in the viking age
Since 2001, ancient DNA has been used in paleoparasitological studies to identify eggs found in soil samples from prehistoric periods, because identification cannot be done by morphological study alone. The species of human ...
Pollution documentary attracts huge interest in China
A slick new documentary on China's environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution.
SMAP satellite extends 5-meter reflector boom
Like a cowboy at a rodeo, NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), has triumphantly raised its "arm" and unfurled a huge golden "lasso" (antenna) that it will soon ...
Traditional beliefs promote sustainability in West Africa
Sacred forests and traditional beliefs are shaping sustainable farming practices in communities in West Africa, according to new research.