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A Dutch study suggests antibiotics used extensively in intensive livestock production might have an adverse effect on agricultural soil ecosystems. University of Utrecht researchers led by Heike Schmitt studied the effects of antibiotics passed from animals in manure that was then spread on farmland. Although higher organisms, such as earthworms, would only be affected at unrealistic concentrations of antibiotics, the scientists said changes in soil bacterial communities have been found...
A Seattle zoo said it is canceling its spring Zoo Doo fecal compost sale due to high levels of herbicide in the manure blend. Woodland Park Zoo officials said unacceptable levels of the herbicide clopyralid were detected in the compost, which is comprised of manures from several animals, straw bedding, wood chips, leaves and grass, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Thursday. We deeply regret that Zoo Doo will not be available for our many loyal users, zoo representative Dan Corum said.
Chinese scientists say they've discovered chicken manure can be used to biodegrade crude oil in contaminated soil. Bello Yakubu, Huiwen Ma and ChuYu Zhang of Wuhan University said they determined bacteria contained in the manure breaks down 50 percent more crude oil than in soil lacking the manure. The scientists said current approaches to remove soil contaminated by crude oil caused by equipment failure, natural disasters or human error come with additional environmental costs.
Scientist identify the chemical forms of phosphorus with nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
New On-Farm Constructions, Expansions Required to Develop Odor Management Plan HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan.
Studies have shown that human hair, a readily available waste generated from barbershops and hair salons, combined with additional compost, is an additional nutrient source for crops.
The weekend of September 19th was a tour de force for Enzyme Environmental Solutions (PINKSHEETS: EESO) as they hosted several guests from around the globe for a live beta test of one of their newest products.
By Anonymous Columbia, Missouri Missouri University (MU) graduate student Adam Saunders started a 10-week composting program as a part of a service learning class.
For Jeff Fowler, a farmer in Kansas, getting ready to prepare a new wheat crop this fall is littered with possibility.
By LOVELL-SMITH Mary The foundation of any garden is its soil, a given but not always an apparent one. For too many years and through many gardens I took for granted that soil, sun and water was all a plant needed to grow. Then I learnt to feed my garden. I compiled composts of varying success.
Enviropig is the trademark for a genetically modified line of Yorkshire pigs with the capability to digest plant phosphorus more efficiently than ordinary unmodified pigs that was developed at the University of Guelph. The benefits of the Enviropig, if commercialized, include reduced feed cost and reduced phosphorus pollution as compared to the raising of ordinary pigs. Enviropigs create the enzyme phytase in their salivary glands. When cereal grains are consumed, the phytase mixes with...
Image Caption: A field in Randers, Denmark. A pile of manure is in the foreground. Credit: Malene Thyssen/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5) Manure is organic matter that comes from farmyard animal waste as well as from crop cover. Manure from cows, pigs, horses, chickens, rabbits, etc. is broken down into organic matter and used as organic fertilizer. “Green” manure is derived from planting a cover crop, such as clover, to be plowed directly back into the soil. Bacteria traps nitrogen and other...
Image Caption: Compost barrel with compost and tools. Credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia Compost is fertilizer made from decomposed organic matter that is then tilled directly into the soil or used as an additive when transplanting seedlings. Composting can be very simplistic or complex, depending on the amount of compost needed. Compost is widely used in organic farming because of its high nutrient content and natural pesticide abilities. Composting is simply piling, systematically,...
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