Soil Science Articles

  • Reflections on research: Biogeochemist Gavin Mcnicol shares insights from his research at soil

    Earlier this summer, SOIL was pleased to share newly published research in the journal Nature Climate Change that revealed groundbreaking analysis on SOIL’s sanitation solution and climate mitigation potential. We are particularly grateful for the remarkable and dedicated team of researchers who worked on this research with SOIL, and who are endeavoring to help solve the global climate ...


    By SOIL Haiti

  • Advantages of bio organic fertilizer fermentation process

    The products produced by bio organic fertilizer equipment are fresh chicken and pig manure as raw materials, which do not contain any chemical components. However, the digestion capacity of chicken and pig is poor, which can only consume 25% of the nutrients, while the other 75% of the nutrients in the feed ...

  • Maximize Yields with Smart Lighting Strategies: Using Metrics for a More Efficient Grow

    There is a strong relationship between lighting and yield, as we know that with every 1% increase in light, there is a 1% increase in growth and yield.   Measuring yield in your greenhouse is an ...


    By P.L. Light Systems Inc.

  • Measurement of Total Carbon in Soil and Compost by TOC Solid Sample Measurement System

    Soil contains a large amount of organic matter such as plant residue that can be decomposed by microorganisms. This organic matter plays a key role in plant growth by maintaining good chemical and physical conditions in soil and is useful in improving and stabilizing the productivity of agricultural crops. Compost, a type of fertilizer in which organic matter is decomposed by microorganisms, ...

  • 10 Regenerative Agriculture Practices Every Grower Should Follow

    Worrying about bad crops due to poor soil should be a thing of the past. Modern farming that uses regenerative agriculture techniques have found greater success through 10 simple, but highly effective, practices.  Learn about these practices, along with benefits to soils, crops, the environment, and the positive economic benefits. ...


    By Heliae Development, LLC

  • How to ferment raw materials more thoroughly in organic fertilizer production line

    The raw materials of the organic fertilizer production line are various. In the early stage, the organic fertilizer raw materials need to be fermented. Zhengzhou Huaqiang Neavy Industry Technology Co., Ltd. guides five points, let your organic fertilizer raw material natural fermentation more thorough! Let your ...

  • Six effects of organic matter on maintaining soil fertility

    The content of soil organic matter is closely related to the level of soil fertility. Although organic matter only accounts for a small part of the total amount of soil, it plays a significant role in maintaining soil fertility. The manufacturer of organic fertilizer production equipment introduces six important functions of organic matter to maintain soil fertility.   1. Provide ...

  • Compound fertilizer / compound fertilizer production line

    There are two types of compound fertilizer: general-purpose fertilizer and special-purpose fertilizer. The general-purpose fertilizer is suitable for a wide range of areas and crops, and the special-purpose fertilizer is only suitable for a certain crop in a certain area. Compound fertilizer has the advantages of high nutrient content, few by-components and good physical properties, which plays ...

  • Clock House Farm, Kent - WET Sensor - Case Study

    Using the WET Sensor to optimise growing conditions and irrigation efficiency in high volume strawberry and raspberry production Clock House farm nestles in the rolling hills of Kent, a few miles south of Maidstone in the UK. The expansive 250 acre farm grows a variety of fruit, including strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Notable innovators in horticulture, Clock House Farm were ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Aiming to optimize irrigation levels

    With irrigation being used in many spheres of life and food production methods getting diversified, it is not surprising that research on this topic is getting more specialized. Procedures for analysis, which were restricted earlier to big institutions, need to be widely available so that their reach is extended and science will benefit from more in-depth studies. An increasing number of ...


    By CID Bio-Science, Inc.

  • Advances in phytoremediation

    Phytoremediation has many proponents to treat widespread chemical contaminants in soil, water, and air. It is low-cost, eco-friendly, and doesn’t require complicated technology and infrastructure. As it is a new branch of science, it is necessary to understand the processes involved in the different methods of phytoremediation to advise decision-making for application of this technology. ...


    By CID Bio-Science, Inc.

  • The dirt on soil carbon formation during afforestation

    Soil carbon is the second-largest carbon sink in the world, and it is currently in focus during these times of accelerating climate change brought about by human activities. Very little is known on the patterns of carbon accumulation in the soil. Thus, it is essential to determine the mode and quantity of carbon being sequestered by afforestation projects to mitigate climate change, not just ...


    By CID Bio-Science, Inc.

  • Training a New Generation of Sanitation Researchers

    SOIL loves providing opportunities for students in Haiti to work with our team and gain valuable hands-on experience in the sanitation sector to help jumpstart their careers. Over the past six months, SOIL research partner Dr. Rebecca Ryals has been conducting a study on optimal composting conditions at ...


    By SOIL Haiti

  • Irrigating with saline or seawater

    Currently, agriculture uses seventy percent of the freshwaters, globally. Available freshwater sources will not be enough to increase food production to feed growing populations in the coming decades. Therefore, there is a concerted effort to grow crops with seawater. Hence, scientists are investigating the various challenges involved in growing plants with saline water. These include greenhouse ...


    By CID Bio-Science, Inc.

  • Detecting salinity stress in crops

    Salinity inhibits growth and development in crops. Due to the extent of damage salinity causes to agriculture, it is identified as a major threat to food production. Therefore, practices to deal with the effects of salinity on crops are receiving a lot of attention. To be able to provide proper recommendations that are also sustainable, it is first necessary to find out how salinity affects ...


    By CID Bio-Science, Inc.

  • Influence of environment on plants

    There is no denying the importance of light for the growth of plants; however, there are many other environmental factors—such as temperature, moisture and nutrient availability, and soil type–that also influence plant growth. These factors do not act in isolation and are, many times, correlated. So, it is interesting to see how light works in combination with other resources to ...


    By CID Bio-Science, Inc.

  • 5 things to do in an African swine fever outbreak

    The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has provided updated numbers on the number of animals affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) across the Asian continent. Following the outbreak, more than 5.7 million pigs have been culled in Vietnam alone, with millions of other animals having to be destroyed across other countries including the Philippines, China, Cambodia, Myanmar and more. ...


    By Inciner8 Limited

  • Micronutrient research using leaf area & photosynthesis rates to improve crop yields

    With the pressure to increase food production, every agricultural practice that can be optimized for improving crop yield is under scrutiny; therefore, micronutrients, which are important for crop health and growth, are receiving more attention. Agronomists are increasingly studying different treatment methods to establish the easiest and most cost-effective way to improve micronutrient ...


    By CID Bio-Science, Inc.

  • Coated seeds may enable agriculture on marginal lands

    A specialized silk covering could protect seeds from salinity while also providing fertilizer-generating microbes Providing seeds with a protective coating that also supplies essential nutrients to the germinating plant could make it possible to grow crops in otherwise unproductive soils, according to new research at MIT. ...

  • Cadmium toxicity in plants

    Cadmium is a heavy, non-biodegradable metal that is toxic to plants, people, and animals. With increasing pollution and emission of cadmium, its levels in agricultural soils are increasing. The risk to humans is high due to consumption of cadmium-contaminated food. Modern applications of gas analysis and laser measurements are speeding up research in addressing the problem of cadmium stress. ...


    By CID Bio-Science, Inc.

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