Soil Enhancement Articles

  • Two Great Brands Grow Together as ECBVerdyol

    ErosionControlBlanket.com and Verdyol Plant Research are pleased to announce that merging of their operations, resulting in the launch of a single, more customer focused brand, ECBVerdyol. “ECBVerdyol represents the bringing together of two strong organizations, and an incredible depth of established products”, said Mark Myrowich, CEO, ECBVerdyol. “As a unified company, ...


    By Erosion Control Blanket

  • Ancient Trick for Soil Improvement

    Today, when every farmer is facing a battle of food production for a growing population, crop production has become much more intensive. These farm practices, which usually include monoculture, harm soil nutrient composition and deplete this valuable natural resource. Using the same crop on the same field keeps draining the soil of essential nutrients. Monoculture combined with intensive farm ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Playing hide and seek below the soil

    Below the soil of a diverse grassland area you’ll find a jungle of plant roots. It is also home to a wide variety of bacteria and fungi, of which some are pathogenic and looking for a host in the tangle of roots. It appears that this is much more difficult when there is a larger diversity of plants as the host plant is more able to hide among the varied crowd. Greater plant diversity ...

  • GWT- Agro-Z nutrient soil medium enhancer

    Genesis Water Technologies case study for GWT Agro-Z specialized natural soil enhancement medium. This case study document shows the differences between vegetables grown with GWT Agro-Z zeolite soil medium and vegetables grown without this medium. Trials of seedling plants grown with the GWT Agro-Z medium have shown improvements in primary root development. Studies have resulted in better ...

  • The Role of Mangroves in Fisheries Enhancement

    In 2011 humans caught and consumed 78.9 million tonnes of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and other species groups from the world’s oceans, accounting for 16.6% of the world’s animal protein intake (FAO 2012). This is projected to increase further, to over 93 million tonnes by 2030 (World Bank 2013). Global demand for fish products has increased dramatically over recent decades. Fishing ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Vermicompost as soil supplement to enhance growth, yield and quality of Triticum aestivum L.: a field study

    Vermicompost (VC) made from cattle dung as raw material was used as soil supplement in the plots of size 4.5 x 4.5 m. Five treatments were given viz. Soil (control), VC@5 t/ha, VC@10 t/ha, VC@20 t/ha and NPK (recommended by PAU, Ludhiana) in triplicates in a Randomized Block Design (RBD). A total of 50 plants were selected randomly for the assessment of growth and yield of wheat ...

  • Complexes of the antimicrobial ciprofloxacin with soil, peat, and aquatic humic substances

    Natural organic matter (NOM) is implicated in the binding of antibiotics by particles in soils and waters. Our previous computational study revealed structural re‐arrangement of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties of NOM to favor H‐bonding and other intermolecular interactions, as well as both competition with ion‐exchange reactions and bridging interactions by NOM‐bound divalent cations. ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Influence of urea fertilizer placement on nitrous oxide production from a silt loam soil

    Received for publication April 8, 2009. Urea placement in band or nests has been shown to enhance N use efficiency, but limited work has been done to assess its affect on N2O emissions. This study compared N2O emissions from urea prills applied to an Amsterdam silt loam (fine-silty, mixed, superactive, frigid Typic Haplustolls) using broadcast, band, and nest placements. Experiments were ...

  • Regional-scale assessment of soil salinity in the Red river valley using multi-year MODIS EVI and NDVI

    Received for publication April 15, 2009. The ability to inventory and map soil salinity at regional scales remains a significant challenge to scientists concerned with the salinization of agricultural soils throughout the world. Previous attempts to use satellite or aerial imagery to assess soil salinity have found limited success in part because of the inability of methods to isolate the effects ...

  • Cocoa industrial debris composting in soil and earthworm breeding

    Toasted husk, the main cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) industrialization by-product, was added to pots in different husk doses with 1 kg of topsoil from a cocoa plantation (Umbrisol) and then treated with 5 earthworms (Pontoscolex corethrurus) during 60 days, in a greenhouse experiment. Amendment enhanced (p < 0.5) soil organic matter, water retention, bulk density. Best dose for earthworms ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Cocoa industrial debris composting in soil and earthworm breeding

    Toasted husk, the main cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) industrialization by-product, was added to pots in different husk doses with 1 kg of topsoil from a cocoa plantation (Umbrisol) and then treated with 5 earthworms (Pontoscolex corethrurus) during 60 days, in a greenhouse experiment. Amendment enhanced (p < 0.5) soil organic matter, water retention, bulk density. Best dose for earthworms ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Three experimental systems to evaluate phosphorus supply from enhanced granulated manure ash

    Three experimental systems were used to evaluate a new P fertilizer since residual P levels at typical farm sites may make response detection unlikely. The systems were (i) greenhouse with low P soil, (ii) long-term research sites with preexisting soil P gradients, and (iii) agricultural fields with prior P fertilization based on agronomic recommendations. The new fertilizer (animal waste ...

  • The maya footprint: soil resources of chunchucmil, yucatán, Mexico

    This study explored and characterized soil physical and chemical properties to determine how the ancient Maya of Chunchucmil, Yucatán, Mexico, fed themselves. Our objectives were to examine the soil resources and the areas of agricultural importance surrounding Chunchucmil and to search for evidence of agricultural intensification of soils by night soil and charcoal amendments. The C isotopic ...

  • Decomposition of carbon-14-labeled organic amendments and humic acids in a long-term field experiment

    The stabilization of soil organic matter (SOM) is an important process in the context of global change and is strongly affected by soil use and management. We investigated the mineralization and stabilization of 14C-labeled wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) straw and 14C-labeled farmyard manure under different cropping systems (crop rotation, monoculture, and bare fallow) in a long-term field ...

  • In-Furrow inoculation and selection for higher motility enhances the efficacy of bradyrhizobium japonicum nodulation

    The issue of competition for nodulation has received much attention in studies on soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] crops because native soil rhizobia often preclude nodulation of inoculated high-quality strains. In this work, soil placement and enhanced motility of Bradyrhizobium japonicum were investigated as strategies to improve the competitiveness of soybean inoculants applied in the presence ...

  • Is colloid-facilitated Phosphorus leaching triggered by Phosphorus accumulation in sandy soils?

    The leaching of colloidal phosphorus (Pcoll) contributes to P losses from agricultural soils. In an irrigation experiment with undisturbed soil columns, we investigated whether the accumulation of P in soils due to excess P additions enhances the leaching of colloids and Pcoll from sandy soils. Furthermore, we hypothesized that large concentrations of Pcoll occur at the onset of leaching events ...

  • Tropical earthworm biomass and density production

    Earthworms, as ecosystem engineers (Jones et al. 1994), are important soil components capable of enhancing plant growth (Lee 1985; Brown et al. 1999; Scheu 2003). Searching their inoculation in managed lands, we cultured three tropical endogeic earthworm species (Balanteodrilus pearsei, Pontoscolex corethrurus and Lavellodrilus bonampakensis) in mesocosms (boxes of 35x28x13 cm) and controlled ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Seaweed compost as an amendment for horticultural soils in Argentina

    Seaweed (fresh, dry) or its products (extracts, composts, soil conditioners) have been long used in agriculture to enhance plant growth and productivity. In this study, we evaluated the effects that seaweed composts at different doses and degree of maturation had on the yield of tomatoes (Licopersicon esculentum Mill. cv. platense) grown on a horticultural soil in northeastern Patagonia. We used ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Nutrient dynamics from broiler litter applied to no-till cotton in an upland soil

    Applying broiler litter to the soil surface of a no-till field of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) increases the potential loss of its nutrients via runoff and volatilization. An experiment was conducted over 3 yr on an upland Atwood silt loam soil (fine-silty, mixed, semiactive, thermic Typic Paleudalfs) near Pontotoc, MS, to determine the effect of broiler litter incorporation into the surface ...

  • Recent mechanical cultivation of lawns enhances lime application efficacy

    While the relationship between soil acidity and thatch accumulation in maintained lawns has been reported, interacting effects of cultivation and surface lime applications on soil acidity have not. The experimental objective was to determine how antecedent mechanical cultivation of mature turfgrasses interacts with surface application of liming agents to neutralize soil acidity within the upper ...

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