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2013-11-15 23:26:47

FHR Inc.: Nutrient management for growers by growers, introduces two new products this fall into the product line. Nutra-Max Nitrogen and a reformulated Residue Digester have been specifically designed to replace necessary nutrients for improved soil health and maximum yield results. Stewartville, MN (PRWEB) November 15, 2013 FHR Inc., an innovative nutrient management company dedicated to producing high-quality agricultural products and educational resources, today announced the...

Amazon Rain Forest Drought Resistant
2013-11-14 13:25:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the Journal of Climate claim the Amazon rain forest may be more resilient in its ability to cope with dry conditions than previously believed. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Colorado State University used a computer model to demonstrate that the Amazon rainforest may be able to withstand periods of drought better than what previous climate models had predicted. During the study, researchers removed...

Lignin-Feasting Microbe Could Be Used For Biofuels
2013-11-13 16:08:10

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Nature designed lignin, the tough woody polymer in the walls of plant cells, to bind and protect the cellulose sugars that plants use for energy. For this reason, lignin is a major challenge for those who would extract those same plant sugars and use them to make advanced biofuels. As part of their search for economic ways to overcome the lignin challenge, researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have characterized the enzymatic activity of...

2013-11-09 23:03:32

In response to an article published by Basque Research, Advancing Eco Agriculture, a regenerative agriculture products and services company, discusses the LIFE Regen Farming Project, an initiative to test regenerative agriculture practices to restore and maintain soil quality. Middlefield, OH (PRWEB) November 09, 2013 Advancing Eco Agriculture, the leading provider of regenerative agriculture systems, discusses an initiative designed to test the outcomes of the use of regenerative...

2013-11-08 23:22:32

In response to an article published by the European Commission, Advancing Eco Agriculture, a regenerative agriculture products and services company, releases a statement that discusses the importance of soil quality in the environment and the economy. Middlefield, OH (PRWEB) November 08, 2013 Advancing Eco Agriculture, the leading provider of regenerative agriculture systems, affirms that healthy soil is the key to a strong economy and environment. According to an October 29th article...

2013-11-07 23:34:21

In response to an article published by Science Daily, Advancing Eco Agriculture, a regenerative agriculture products and services company, discusses SoilDoc, a new soil testing kit designed to help farmers in third world countries improve and maintain soil quality. Middefield, OH (PRWEB) November 07, 2013 Advancing Eco Agriculture, the leading provider of regenerative agriculture systems, discusses SoilDoc, a new soil testing kit designed to help farmers in third world countries restore...

How Plants In Arid Lands Gain Nutrients To Survive
2013-11-06 11:48:07

Marine Biological Laboratory The vast sagebrush landscapes of the western United States are one of the largest ecosystems in North America.  Long, cold winters and hot, dry summers characterize these cold desert ecosystems and create bone-dry soils during seasonal droughts. New research published this week from MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) senior scientist Zoe Cardon, John Stark (Utah State University), and their two former students, sheds light on how desert plants gain nutrients...

2013-11-04 16:02:16

Great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded. The modern world could suffer the same fate. This is according to Professor Mary Scholes and Dr Bob Scholes who have published a paper in top scientific journal, Science, which describes how the productivity of many lands has been dramatically reduced as a result of soil erosion, accumulation of salinity, and nutrient depletion. “Cultivating soil continuously for too...

Plant Production Could Drop As Climate Change Affects Soil Nutrients
2013-10-31 15:27:06

Northern Arizona University As drylands of the world become even drier, water will not be the only resource in short supply. Levels of nutrients in the soil will likely be affected, and their imbalance could affect the lives of one-fifth of the world’s population. That includes people living in Arizona, who may be in for a dustier future. The findings are presented in a study published in Nature that details how soil changes may occur and discusses the implications. Co-author...

Dryland Soil Nutrients Will Be Disrupted Due To Warming Climate
2013-10-31 08:11:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A landmark study conducted by an international collaboration of scientists reveals that an increasing aridity due to global warming will disrupt the balance of nutrients in the soil and cause a reduction of productivity in the world's drylands. The study, published in Nature, investigated 224 dryland sites in 16 countries on every continent except Antarctica. University of New South Wales Adjunct Professor David Eldridge studied...


Latest Soil Reference Libraries

Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

Land Degradation
2013-04-02 09:20:15

Land degradation is a process in which the value of the biophysical environment is affected by one or more combination of human-induced processes acting on the land. It is also the gradual destruction or reduction of the quality and quantity of human activities, animal activities or natural means. It is viewed as any change or disturbance to the land perceived to be deleterious or unwanted. Natural hazards are not included in the causes; however, human activities can indirectly affect...

Erosion
2013-04-01 12:48:39

Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are taken from the surface of the Earth by exogenetic processes like wind or the flow of water, and then transported and deposited in another location. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10 to 40 times the rate at which erosion is happening globally. Excessive erosion results in problems such as desertification, decreases in agricultural productivity because of land degradation, sedimentation of waterways,...

Soil Salinity
2013-04-01 11:15:13

Soil salinity is the salt content within the soil; the process of increasing the content of salt is known as salination. Salt is a natural element of water and soils. Salination can be a result of natural processes such as the gradual withdrawal of an ocean or mineral weathering. It can be caused by artificial processes such as irrigation as well. Soils that are affected by salt are a result of excess accumulation of salts, normally most obvious at the surface of the soil. Salts can be...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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