Latest Soil biology Stories
A new study has found the biological soil crust layer of a desert contains microbes that lie in wait for the ideal conditions to begin metabolic activity.
The overuse of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture can wreak havoc on waterways, health and the environment.
A new global-scale modeling study that takes into account nitrogen – a key nutrient for plants – estimates that carbon emissions from human activities on land were 40 percent higher in the 1990s than in studies that did not account for nitrogen.
Despite widespread use of fertilizers and nitrogen emissions by industrial processes, the amount of atmospheric nitrogen has remained consistent over the past 500 years, according to a new study in Nature.
Recently, an international collaboration headed by Tom Battin from the Department of Limnology at the University of Vienna looked at an little-studied example of a carbon cycle. His team’s task was to explore and determine the role of Alpine glaciers in the carbon-cycling process. Glaciers are, in effect, nature’s freezers. Items that were deposited into the glaciers over several millennia became locked in a frozen tomb. And it is only on account of unprecedentedly rapid glacial melt...
In order to predict how the Earth’s climate develops scientists have to know which gases and trace elements are naturally bound and released by the ocean and in which quantities.
Scientists have engineered a soft autonomous robot that crawls across surfaces similar to how an earthworm moves.
Scientists have discovered a thriving population of Mediterranean earthworms in an urban farm in Dublin, Ireland.
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