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2014-06-28 16:34:34

TUM Does organic farming foster biodiversity? The answer is yes, however, the number of habitats on the land plays an important role alongside the type and intensity of farming practices. These are the findings of an international study that looked at ten regions in Europe and two in Africa. The results has been published in Nature Communications. The study shows that even organic farms have to actively support biodiversity by, for example, conserving different habitats on their holdings....

2014-05-19 10:30:04

GigaScience New research and data published today from GigaScience and PLOS ONE provide complete open access to detailed 3-D images of earthworms To quote the American cartoonist Gary Larson: all things play a role in nature, even the lowly worm—but perhaps never in such a visually stunning way as that presented in two papers published today in the open access journals GigaScience and PLOS ONE. The work and data presented here provide the first-ever comparative study of earthworm...

Carbon Capture Increased From Predation On Invertebrates By Woodland Salamanders
2014-03-11 09:17:59

USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station Woodland salamanders perform a vital ecological service in American forests by helping to mitigate the impacts of global warming. Global warming occurs when greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. Woodland salamanders facilitate the capture of this carbon before it is released by feeding on invertebrates (beetles, earthworms, snails, ants, etc.) that would otherwise release carbon through...

One Of The 100 Worst Invasive Alien Species In The World Now Found In Europe
2014-03-04 10:34:12

PeerJ One of the consequences of globalization and increased worldwide freight trade is the introduction of invasive alien species. In the list of the 100 worst invasive alien species in the world , there is only one terrestrial flatworm: Platydemus manokwari, also called New Guinea flatworm. This species has now been found in France, Caen, and was identified by an international team led by Jean-Lou Justine of Institute of Systematics, Evolution, Biodiversity, Paris, France (Muséum...

2014-02-12 23:27:54

Merger of Earthworm and Sun & Earth brands creates a complete line of cleaning products that are safer for families and the environment. New safer cleaning products will be introduced for commercial and institutional markets. Marlboro, NJ (PRWEB) February 12, 2014 Evergreen Synergies LLC has announced the merger of Sun & Earth® with its Earthworm® brand of household products. Sun & Earth, an iconic brand of natural cleaning products, is under new ownership for the...

Mushrooms Associated To Earthworms Can Develop Mechanism Of Environmental Engineering
2014-01-13 12:25:49

Technical University of Madrid This model, which was developed by a research group of the School of Forestry at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), has shown how some types of mushrooms (such as truffles, boletus or chanterelles) associated to earthworms can develop a mechanism of environmental engineering. The use of this model can increase the levels of calcium and salts among tree roots what can result in an increase in mycorrhizas and to enhance the development of forests. This...

2013-10-18 23:24:43

In response to an article published by HortiDaily, Advancing Eco Agriculture, a regenerative agriculture products and services company, discusses the role worms play in soil improvement. Middlefield, OH (PRWEB) October 18, 2013 Advancing Eco Agriculture, the leading provider of regenerative agriculture systems, discusses an innovative way for growers to improve soil quality. According to an October 8, 2013 article published by HortiDaily, titled “Chile: Worms to improve soil...

Earthworms Can Survive And Recover After Stress From 3-week Drought
2013-09-19 13:20:17

American Society of Agronomy Earthworms are a welcomed sight in many gardens and yards since they can improve soil structure and mixing. But they are hard to find in the drier soils of eastern Colorado where water and organic matter is limited. Adding earthworms to fields where they are not currently found could help enhance the health and productivity of the soil. In areas where droughts are common, though, can earthworms survive? A new study suggests that they can. Earthworms use...

Earthworm Poop Could Help Improve Climate Change Models
2013-07-09 04:49:08

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent discovery about earthworm excrement could help scientists improve our models of future climate change. Most earthworms excrete balls of calcium carbonate crystals, a chalk-like material. What makes these crystals interesting is that they retain a memory of the temperature at which they were created. Scientists at the Universities of Reading and York conducted an experiment in which earthworms were kept at differing...

Two New Species Of Worm Discovered In Gobi Desert
2013-04-09 13:53:48

Pensoft Publishers The 'Mongolian Death Worm', called olgoi-khorkhoi by the local population is a legendary animal with an unconfirmed existence that has preoccupied the imagination of the inhabitants and travelers in the region. It is said to inhabit the southern Gobi Desert where it terrorizes travelers with its deadly abilities to project acid that, upon contact, turns anything it touches yellow and corroded. Two new sub-species of earthworms, Eisenia nordenskioldi mongol and E. n....


Latest Earthworm Reference Libraries

Nightcrawler, Lumbricus terrestris
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The nightcrawler (Lumbricus terrestris), also known as the lob worm or the common earthworm in Britain and the dew worm in Canada, is a species of earthworm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. It is native to Europe, but has been introduced into other areas around the world. Although the species is not as abundant as other worms in its range, it is a widely known species in gardens of temperate habitats, where it moves about on the surface of the soil. The nightcrawler can reach...

Red Earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The red earthworm (Lumbricus rubellus) is a species of earthworm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. It is native to the British Isles and Europe, but has traveled across the world to areas with appropriate habitats. This worm prefers to reside in soil that contains high organic matter content, like feces, but it needs loose soils in order to move about and feed. The sustainability of a habitat depends upon factors such as the PH balance of the soil, moisture levels, temperature,...

Redworm, Eisenia fetida
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The redworm (Eisenia fetida), also known as the brandling worm, the tiger worm, the panfish worm, the trout worm, or the California worm, is a species of earth worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. This species is native only to Europe, but it has been introduced into every country, excluding Antarctica, for vermicomposting purposes. Unlike other species of worm, the redworm does not prefer to reside in soil. It can be found in manure, rotting vegetation, and compost. The...

Vermicompost
2013-03-20 16:04:22

Vermicompost is composting with the use of special earthworms. Red wigglers and white worms are the more common worms used, although European night crawlers can be used as well. Red wigglers can be found living in manure piles and in rotting vegetation and adapt the best in covered worm bins. Common earthworms burrow deeply and are not recommended for use in compost bins. Blue worms are commonly used in the tropics. Worms are used to decompose vegetable and food waste along with bedding...

Southern African Hedgehog, Atelerix frontalis
2012-10-01 10:25:35

The southern African hedgehog (Atelerix frontalis) can be found in many areas of Africa including Angola, Lesotho, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. It prefers a habitat in areas that are slightly damp, with abundant vegetation, although it can live in many different habitats. It is nocturnal, spending most of the day resting under leaves and other debris, holes, or bushes. These areas are not permanent, but breeding nests and some winter nests are used semi-permanently. The southern African...

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