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2014-01-09 23:03:38

The report provides full analysis of the world’s leading players in the agriculture micronutrient industry, major micronutrient types and their forms, major application modes and crop types, with a clear insight and overview on the developments and trends. http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/agriculture-micronutrients-market-968.html (PRWEB) January 09, 2014 The report "Micronutrient Market by Type (Zinc, Manganese, Boron, Copper, Molybdenum, Iron), Form (Chelated &...

2014-01-09 12:20:02

Soil erosion may reveal ancient water management in Mahendraparvata Soil erosion and vegetation change indicate approximately 400 years of intensive land use around the city of Mahendraparvata in the Phnom Kulen region beginning in the mid 9th century, with marked change in water management practices from the 12th century, according to results published January 8, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Dan Penny from the University of Sydney and colleagues from other institutions....

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...

2013-12-27 04:21:23

DUBLIN, December 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/368wxf/micronutrient) has announced the addition of the "Global Micronutrient Market Report 2013-2017" [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/368wxf/micronutrient ] report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) Micronutrients are essential elements that are used for growth and regulation of plant's vital...

Scientists Use Computers And Experiments To Better Predict Chemical Dissolution
2013-12-06 12:53:32

Rice University Scientists from Rice University and the University of Bremen's Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) in Germany have combined cutting-edge experimental techniques and computer simulations to find a new way of predicting how water dissolves crystalline structures like those found in natural stone and cement. In a new study featured on the cover of the Nov. 28 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C, the team found their method was more efficient at...

2013-12-05 23:31:43

They now swell to be a full, fat sandbag. (PRWEB) December 05, 2013 For several years, Base Products Corp of Buffalo NY has offered a product called Aquabag Instant Sandbag as a means of flood control. This product looks and feels much like an ordinary empty sandbag, i.e.without the sand. However, when it is submerged in fresh water, it absorbs the water and the material inside swells many times to be a full "sandbag" in just a few minutes. This is far less time than it takes to...

2013-11-29 23:23:11

The company is giving away 100 of their Doc's Raised Garden Kits that contain Soil3, their organic compost. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 29, 2013 Super-Sod is giving back to the communities that support them. They have 5 farms and 11 outlets in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and so are giving away 100 of their Doc's Raised Garden Kits in those states. They're asking communities to help them give away the 100 Doc's Raised Garden Kits by nominating community...

2013-11-27 23:01:14

Turf Feeding Systems just launched a Sustainability program for McAllen Texas to reduce water use and improve the quality of their parks, sports fields and green spaces. Houston, Texas (PRWEB) November 27, 2013 McAllen Texas is a city with over 50 parks in the tropical region of South Texas and is a favorite winter retreat for the snow bird vacationers from the north. Their parks, sports fields and green spaces are important, but they are faced with water quality and maintenance cost...


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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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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