New research provides solution for the 'Dust Bowl paradox'

Almost 100 years ago, there was a strange, slow-motion takeover of the Great Plains. During the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, as a historic heatwave and drought swept the middle of the United States, there was a dramatic shift ...

Joshua trees facing extinction

They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won't survive much past this century.

Save the bees (and time and money) by creating a bee lawn

Flowering "bee lawns" that attract pollinators are a compromise between fastidious turf management and the more casual yard approach. They add biodiversity to the landscape and need less maintenance. That makes them cost-effective, ...

Scientists unlock secrets of Aussie 'resurrection' grass

A native Australian grass that "plays dead" during droughts and selectively culls its own cells to survive could provide genetic keys to help world food crops like chickpea withstand global climate change.

SDSU scientists 're-discover' switchgrass moth

(PhysOrg.com) -- South Dakota State University scientists have “re-discovered” an insect that was first described by a scientist in the year 1910, but hasn’t been studied since.

Prairie cordgrass: Highly underrated

When D.K. Lee and Lane Rayburn, faculty members in the crop sciences department at the University of Illinois, talk about prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata) they have difficulty containing their enthusiasm. They are among ...

Prairie restoration also helps restore water quality

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are studying the overall improvement in water quality when native prairie vegetation is restored to fields once cropped with corn and soybeans. Agricultural Research Service ...

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