Soil Science Articles

  • 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.

  • Limex foam disinfection module developed into foam unit for plant trolleys

    Plant trolleys such as CC-containers, Danish trolleys and Flora auction trolleys are used in the logistics chain by multiple and often unknown users. The trolleys are regularly soiled with plant, sand and substrate residues which can harbour mould, bacteria and viruses such as Fusarium, Xylella and ToBRFV. Upscaling, automation and globalisation increase the susceptibility of nurseries to ...


    By Limex Machine Exploitatie BV

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Canada: fighting Cercospora in sugar beets - Case Study

    Case Study Summary Application Decision Support System to fight Cercospora Leafspot in sugar beets Location Michigan and Ontario, Canada Products deployed A850 Telemetry Gateway (several) A753 addWAVE UHF A723 addIT UHF SEN-R Temperature and rel. humidity sensor RG Rain Gauge ...


    By OTT HydroMet

  • Regulating fertilizer applications in agriculture for healthier crops & environment

    Farm Fertilizer - A Double-Edged Sword The excessive use of fertilizers is one of the main causes of the environmental impact of industrial agriculture. The notion that more is better has caused more harm than good to farming, as well as the environment. Therefore, using the right amount of fertilizers is considered an important part of farm management. To this end, there has been a lot ...


    By CID Bio-Science, Inc.

  • The Power of Fusing 3D with Multispec

    3D assessment of plants became a commonly used technology in plant phenotyping to measure morphological and architectural features of plants. Although, 3D sensors such as PlantEye can be the workhorse for every phenotyping platform, it still lacks the ability to measure changes in color or other spectral information that are an important indicator for the ...


    By Phenospex B. V.

  • New animated video – introducing the key features of AP4 Leaf Porometer

    Delta-T Devices has created a new 5 minute animated explainer video introducing the AP4 Leaf Porometer. It highlights the porometer’s unique design features and shows how it enables users to take fast, convenient and accurate measurements of stomatal conductance in leaves. The video explores the strong ergonomic benefits of the AP4 (including a strap-to-the-body design – which frees ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Leaf spectroscopy

    Spectroscopy is a precise and non-destructive technique that can tell us about several processes going on in plants and trees. After being integrated into small handheld devices, it can provide instant and accurate results in the field, forests, and laboratories. It replaces several conventional methods, which were time-consuming and often needed weeks of estimation in expensive laboratories. By ...


    By CID Bio-Science, Inc.

  • Octadecylamine

    Modified octadecylamine (ODA) based Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films were investigated. These films may find uses as ion exchange systems. ODA may be used to functionalize carbon nanomaterials. Thermal decomposition of metal nitrates in the presence of ODA may be used to obtain metal oxide nano crystals of controlled size and shape. ODA based LB fims was used to realise enzymatic field effect ...

  • Structure and function of grapevine root system

    Roots – the grapevine underground part of the plant, are multi-branched structures growing to various depths into the soil. Depending on the grape variety (rootstock), climate, and soil in which they grow, the grapevine root system differs in rooting pattern and depth. Grapevine roots have many functions and thus directly affect grape quality and quantity, therefore any winegrower wants to ...


    By ELMIBIT d.o.o.

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