When toxins preserve populations

Some soil bacteria can alter their environment in such a way as to endanger their own survival – unless, that is, toxins do not impede their growth beforehand.

Addressing climate change in forests, container crops

Climate change poses a two-pronged threat to the timber industry in the southeastern United States. Droughts are expected to increase, and tree diseases could become more severe and more common.

The right way to roll rye

Growers who use cover crops are increasingly turning to a tool that can flatten out their actively growing fields, usually in a single pass. Known as a "roller/crimper," the technology can help reduce and sometimes eliminate ...

Calculating fussiness

How fussy is a plant? A new measurement method developed by Alterra, part of Wageningen UR, gives the answer in a simple number.

Long-standing question about swimming in elastic liquids, answered

A biomechanical experiment conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science has answered a long-standing theoretical question: Will microorganisms swim faster or slower in elastic fluids? ...

Rediscovering sound soil management

At the same time that demand for food is soaring along with the world's population, the soil's ability to sustain and enhance agricultural productivity is becoming increasingly diminished and unreliable.

Farms, Fertilizers and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(PhysOrg.com) -- Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are front and center in finding out how farming affects emissions of the green house nitrous oxide (N2O).

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