Soil Science News

  • Mineral content of soils key to physical and chemical behavior

    Many aspects of the physical and chemical behavior of soils are directly related to the minerals present. “This includes shrink-swell behavior, soil structure, availability of nutrients, and the fate of contaminants that enter the soil,” according to Judith Turk, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The “Soil Mineralogy” symposium at the Managing Global Resources for ...

  • Carbon cycling in forest soils research presented

    Just as individual humans have different microbial communities in their guts, the microbial communities living in soils vary from site to site as well. Recent research compared the decomposition rates of wood stakes over eight sites to gain an understanding of soil microbes in forests. The activity of soil microbes can also tell a story of the value of carbon storage in soil. The ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Alaska’s climate, soils, highlighted at meeting

    Alaska is the topic of two important presentations at this year’s Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America. Media are invited to a showing of “Between Earth and ...

  • 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) has 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 sources to ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • 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 ...

  • ISRIC co-organiser of the Spanish Soil Exposition

    Today (Oct 1,2015), the opening of the exposition ‘The soil, a walk through life’, which is co-organised by ISRIC, will take place in Madrid. The exposition has been organised in the context of the International Year of the Soil and will be displayed in the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales for six months. This museum is connected to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). ...

  • 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' ...

  • Dirt Science Training Course gets underway at Cranfield University

    This morning (Mar 02, 2015) Cranfield University in collaboration the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) and the James Hutton Institute (JHI) began a NERC advanced training course in soil science at Cranfield University campus. The course will run until Friday 6th March 2015 and has 22 PhD students from across the country attending. The course is fully supported ...

  • 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

  • Soils and regolith: from parent rock to critical resource

    Training course running from 23rd to 25th February 2015 at the Natural History Museum, London. Open to all PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early-career scientists in a related field of study. Priority is given to those with NERC-funding (PhD or current). Maximum of 16 places are available. This workshop is fully funded by NERC and all costs (travel, daily lunch, refreshments, and ...

  • The EQ3 Equitensiometer: a new advanced soil water potential sensor from Delta-T Devices

    The new EQ3 Equitensiometer from Delta-T Devices uses class leading ThetaProbe technology to avoid the many problems of water-filled tensiometers. It is maintenance free and measures water potential (matric potential) in the range 0 to -1000 kPa. It provides an accurate loggable output ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

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