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Biologists Help Solve Fungi Mysteries

Biologists Help Solve Fungi Mysteries

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford University A new genetic analysis revealing the previously unknown biodiversity and distribution of thousands of fungi in North America might also reveal a previously underappreciated contributor to climate change....

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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...

2014-02-14 16:22:22

Comprehensive test helps save growers money on unneeded fertilization while evaluating soil health. MT. VERNON, Maine, Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Now, labs can test soil health more accurately with a new Soil Health Nutrient Toolbox from Woods End Laboratories in Mt. Vernon, Maine. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140214/CG65929LOGO "Years of research have led to this new way of testing soil," Woods End Founder William Brinton, Ph.D., said. "Three labs are offering the...

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...

2014-01-27 23:28:13

Grand View Research has announced the addition of "Global Biofertilizers Industry Trends and Market Segment Forecasts To 2020" Market Research report to their Database. Visit - http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/Biofertilizers-Industry. San francisco, California (PRWEB) January 27, 2014 The global market for biofertilizers is expected to reach USD 1,294.8 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Increasing consumer adoption of...

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...

Fungi Fight Climate Change
2014-01-09 12:01:24

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most people know fungi as the yeast that makes their bread or the mold that leaves them wheezing at night. But there are hundreds of these creatures working quietly on the sidelines to make the world a better place: from brewing beer to keeping the soil fertile and now, it turns out, combating climate change. A new study published online in Nature reveals that fungi, not plants, are the real champions in the battle against...

How Does Soil Store Carbon Dioxide?
2014-01-09 10:17:12

Technische Universität München Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise – in 2012 alone, 35.7 billion tons of this greenhouse gas entered the atmosphere. Some of this CO2 is absorbed by the oceans, plants and soil. As such, they provide a significant reservoir of carbon, stemming the release of CO2. Scientists have now discovered how organic carbon is stored in soil. Basically, the carbon only binds to certain soil structures. This means that soil’s capacity to absorb...

2014-01-08 17:19:59

UT Arlington researchers focusing on the Amazon recently found that widespread conversion from rainforest to pastureland has significant effects on microorganism communities that may lead to a reduction in the region’s role as a reservoir for greenhouse gas. The Amazon rainforest is the largest terrestrial reservoir or “sink” for carbon dioxide, a gas that has been linked to climate change. Through photosynthesis, the Amazon absorbs 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the...

2013-12-19 11:44:50

Scientists have discovered a bacterium that could reduce the use of fertilizer in sugarcane production and improve yield. Sugar is an important commodity around the world and sugarcane accounts for about 80% of production. The price of sugar has increased at a rate considerably above inflation over the last 30 years. This is not least due to the rising cost of fertilizers, which is partly driven by increased global demand, and linked to the degradation of soil quality over decades of...

2013-12-12 10:56:50

Scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have made several scientific discoveries demonstrating the significant roles Heterotrimeric G proteins play in plant development and yield. Sona Pandey, Ph.D., principal investigator at the Danforth Plant Science Center and her collaborators have published several papers on their research in recent months. Pandey and collaborators showed that “G proteins” occur in a wide range of land plants and algae. This discovery was published...