Soil Science News

  • Black Worm Castings/VermaPlex Can Replace Harmful Chemical Fertilizers

    Whether you have a farm or home garden, the health of the soil directly correlates to the quality of the fruit and vegetables. The healthy soil movement is centered around bringing attention to the fact that fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are killing our soil and seeping into our food supply. Our soil is depleted of essential nutrients, fungi and bacteria due to decades of agricultural ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • Soil Association demands clarity on `organic` cosmetics ingredients

    A UK food and farming charity is calling on personal care manufacturers to clearly indicate if products labelled 'natural' or 'organic' contain potentially harmful chemicals. While there is no EU legislation for the use of the terms in relation to health and beauty products, independent certifications are in place. The Soil Association ...


    By Chemical Watch Research Ltd

  • Unlocking Zambia’s potential through local investment

    The first dedicated fish feed plant in Zambia has been constructed by Skretting Africa to assist the country’s fast-growing aquaculture industry reach its full potential. The investment is part of Skretting’s 75/25 joint-venture with African Century Foods (ACF) for the production, sale and distribution of tilapia feed that was announced last year. Within the African continent, there ...


    By Skretting - Nutreco Group

  • ARPA-E Announces $70 Million in Funding for New Programs to Power Transportation and Store Carbon in Soil

    The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced up to $70 million in funding for its two newest programs: Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) and Rhizosphere Observations Optimizing Terrestrial Sequestration (ROOTS). REFUEL projects will use water, molecules from the air and electricity from renewable ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Writing an equation for soil success

    Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant’s roots, tiny bugs – these things can tell one soil from another quite easily. Soil scientists typically measure different aspects of soil — how much air it contains, how well it retains water, heat, and more — to ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • `We need a new approach for better soil`

    ‘Dutch agricultural soils are not future-proof’ was a widely accepted statement at the final meeting of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Sustainable Soil. Breeders, chain partners, suppliers, the government and the science sector see a gradual deterioration in soil quality and are joining forces within the PPP to find a solution. “It isn’t a simple matter,” says ...

  • Chemtrade Again Urges Canexus to Engage in Discussions on Potential Value Maximizing Transaction

    Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund (TSX: CHE.UN) (“Chemtrade” or the “Fund”) announced that on September 15, 2016 it made a revised friendly proposal to acquire Canexus Corporation (TSX:CUS) (“Canexus”) for $1.50 per share in cash. Chemtrade’s revised ...


    By Chemtrade

  • LEAF announces significant progress in sustainable farming

    LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has revealed another year of significant progress in its mission to deliver more sustainable food and farming. The area of land around the world growing LEAF Marque crops increased by 28% since last year,according to the findings of its latest annual Global Impacts Report, which was launched today.  LEAF reports strong and steady growth in the number of ...

  • Participatory breeding program assists organic tomato growers

    Organic tomato production is growing rapidly in Midwestern states in the US, as evidenced by a USDA study that found certified organic tomato production increased more than 277% in the region from 2007-2011. The authors of a report in the September 2015 issue of HortScience say that to keep up with high consumer demand, organic tomato growers need to identify cultivars that are well-adapted to ...

  • Bees actively prefer nectar contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides

    Honeybees and bumblebees prefer feeding on nectar laced with certain neonicotinoid pesticides to uncontaminated food, new research has shown. Far from the predictions of some, that bees would avoid food contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides if given the choice, a new study has shown that bees did not avoid any of the three most common neonicotinoids: imidacloprid, thiamethoxam or ...

  • New Greenhouses Boost Research, Competitive Edge

    The new Williams Hall greenhouse complex on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Wooster campus is much more than a replacement for the greenhouse lost to a tornado almost five years ago: It’s a state-of-the-art facility that will help advance plant research and strengthen Ohio agriculture. The original Williams Hall greenhouse complex was leveled by a September ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Eijkelkamp Agrisearch Equipment renamed Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

    From 24th July 2015, we are called Eijkelkamp Soil & Water. With this a name, which clearly reflects where our focus lies, we intend to expand into a preferred global supplier of solutions for soil and water research, such as smart sensoring. A new name deserves a new logo. A modern logo encompassing our incredible pride at receiving the designation 'Royal' (Royal Eijkelkamp) and the colour ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • New Era for British Soil Science 2015 Annual Meeting - Call for Abstracts Now Open

    There is much to celebrate for Soil Science in the UK. We are beginning the path to the 2022 World Congress of Soil Science in Glasgow, which will be an excellent opportunity to highlight soils science research in the UK. New opportunities are underway such as the STARS Centre for Doctoral Training, the Global Food Security 'Soil and Rhizosphere Interactions for Sustainable Agri-ecosystems' ...

  • Save the date: 12 February - Webinar on Soil Biodiversity and Carbon

    The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ramar Convention and Wetlands International invite government-nominated representatives and all interested participants in the African region to participate in a webinar on biodiversity and soil carbon on 12 February 2015. With this capacity building workshop we aim to build knowledge and expand the understanding of policy and ...


    By Wetlands International

  • EPA awards $1 million to Northern California graduate students through research fellowships

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $1 million in fellowship grants to 12 students at Northern California universities conducting research and studying in environmental disciplines. These students selected will work on a variety of projects covering topics including climate change, public health and sustainability. The fellows were selected from the University of California, ...

  • USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (May 4, 2014) announced that farmers, ranchers and landowners committed to protecting and conserving environmentally sensitive land may sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) beginning June 9. The Secretary also announced that retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, ...

  • DAFWA researcher wins Seed of Light award

    The winner of the 2014 Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) western region Seed of Light award is Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) research officer Ben Biddulph. The presentation of the award – made annually to someone who makes a significant contribution to communicating the outcomes of grains research – took place today at Perth’s Agribusiness Crop ...

  • Global Biofertilizers Market is Expected to Reach USD 1,028.7 Million in 2019: Transparency Market Research

    According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research "Biofertilizers (Nitrogen Fixing, Phosphate Solubilizing and Others) Market for Seed Treatment and Soil Treatment Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 - 2019,"the global demand for biofertilizers was valued at ...


  • The Tremendous Impact of Farm Bill Programs on Our Environment and Our Economy

    TODAY, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Dale Hall, Chief Executive Officer of Ducks Unlimited, to highlight the value of public-private conservation efforts and the record conservation results achieved by producers, landowners and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) since 2009. Secretary Vilsack emphasized the critical need for Congress to pass a new Farm Bill to continue these ...

  • POROMETER is attending filtech 2013

    POROMETER will attend Filtech 2013 on 22-24 Oct 2013, in Wiesbaden (Germany). Our managing director, Danny Pattyn, will give a presentation on "Capillary flow porometry a tool for the characterisation of pore size distribution of through pores in filters and membranes" at session M3 (16:45-18:00) on 22nd October 2013. Visit our booth for more information on our products and services. We look ...


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