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Increasing Shrubs Reduce The Positive Climate Contribution Of Peatlands
2012-12-26 05:44:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bogs and mires are important ecosystems that also play an important role the storage of global atmospheric carbon emissions. According to a study in Nature Climate Change, the peat mosses, which are found in boglands and drive the production of peat, are being outcompeted by vascular plants, resulting in bog degradation. In the study, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) closely...

2011-01-31 07:00:00

WALLA WALLA, Wash., Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Organix, Inc. of Walla Walla, Washington announced today that it has begun shipping its horticultural peat moss alternative, RePeet(TM), from a dairy in Yakima County, Washington. RePeet(TM) is manufactured from dairy fiber resulting from the anaerobic digestion of manure for renewable energy production. An anaerobic digester acts like a short term, renewable peat bog - submerging the fiber for up to 45 days. Organix further processes the...

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2010-09-15 10:06:14

A modest moss gives insight into global carbon cycling The diversity of life that can be seen in environments ranging from the rainforests of the Amazon to the spring blooms of the Mohave Desert is awe-inspiring. But this diversity would not be possible if the ancestors of modern plants had just stayed in the water with their green algal cousins. Moving onto dry land required major lifestyle changes to adapt to this new "hostile" environment, and in turn helped change global climate and...

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2009-09-06 07:24:58

Peat, or semi-decayed vegetation matter, has been used by commercial growers and amateur gardeners since the middle of the 20th century. Peat is added to potting soil to help retain moisture and provide additional nutrients. As the demand for peat grew, acres of peat bogs were being drained and destroyed. Now, concerns about the environmental impact of extracting peat from wetlands are mounting. And as peat supplies are reduced, the cost naturally increases. Diminishing supplies and...

2009-09-03 23:30:00

Researchers seek to maintain healthy greens, reduce construction costs Just like the rest of us, golf courses show their age"”especially on putting greens, which experience more foot traffic than anywhere else on golf courses. Putting greens, which comprise only about 1.6% of the total area on most courses, require more intensive management than any other part of the course. To keep putting greens in top form, turfgrass experts study ways to provide proper nutrients to the root zone, a...

2008-11-05 18:00:10

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Environmental Power Corporation , a leader in the renewable bioenergy industry, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Microgy, Inc., has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with Organix, Inc., of Walla Walla, Washington, to produce a peat alternative, RePeet(TM), using solids recovered from selected Microgy anaerobic digestion facilities. "This is a very exciting alliance," said Rich Kessel, President and Chief Executive...

2006-12-13 03:00:30

By Moldes, A; Cendn, Y; Lpez, E; Barral, M T Municipal solid waste (MSW) compost from aerobic or anaerobic bioprocesses was evaluated as components of substrates for potted plant production. Experiments were conducted with potted media consisting of MSW compost mixed with other conventional substrates (peat or composted pine bark). Spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and cress (Lepidium sativum L.) were used to evaluate the biological quality of composts. Higher germination rates of spring...

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2005-07-06 14:47:03

PITTSBURGH -- The seven mummies on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are nowhere near as famous as King Tut, but they are just as intriguing. Take the 2,000-year-old body of a teenager, found in the Netherlands. Who was she? Who killed her and why? She certainly was killed; the remains of the cord used to strangle her are still visible around her neck, a century after she was found in a peat bog. Was the killing of "Yde Girl" a punishment, or ritual? The exhibit, "The...


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2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Giant African Millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas) is a species of millipede found widespread through the lowland areas of East Africa, from Mozambique to Kenya. It rarely reaches altitudes above 3,300 feet. It is found mostly in forests, but can also be found in coastal habitats which contain at least some trees. It is native to Southern Arabia, especially in Dhofar. The Giant Millipede is one of the largest in the millipede group, reaching upwards of 15.2 inches in length and 2.6...

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Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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