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Scientists working with data from NASA's Aquarius instrument have released worldwide maps of soil moisture, showing how the wetness of the land fluctuates with the seasons and weather phenomena.
The growing demand for organic food, combined with the growing health awareness among consumers, is fueling the demand for bio-fertilizers.
IOWA CITY, Iowa, 4 July 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As Johnson County officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents in low-lying areas earlier this week, HESCO flood barriers were deployed
Clemson University scientists are shedding new light on how invasion by exotic plant species affects the ability of soil to store greenhouse gases. The research could have far-reaching implications for how we manage agricultural land and native ecosystems.
DALLAS, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The report "Biofertilizers Market by Type (Nitrogen Fixing, Phosphate Solubilizing, Potash Mobilizing), by Crop type (Cereals &
Ludovico Cademartiri had what seemed like an impossibly demanding list of requirements for his lab equipment.
MCLEAN, Va., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Current approaches may be underestimating the risks posed to children by toxic metals that they are exposed to while playing outdoors, according
WATSONVILLE, Calif., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Strawberry Commission has received a grant from California's Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) of $298,472
New Philadelphia location expands Britton's leadership position in the recycling of vegetative waste and concrete, and in the manufacturing and distribution of organic garden products and aggregates.
Soil is a microscopic maze of nooks and crannies that hosts a wide array of life.
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 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 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 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 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...
- One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.