Plant Roots News

  • Ohio State Expert: Rootless Corn Can Recover

    Rootless or “floppy” corn may look questionable, but under the right conditions, it can recover. Corn crops that are leaning or lodged may be impacted by rootless corn syndrome, said Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Eco friendly advice for healthy lawns and greenscapes (PA)

    Beautiful lawns are a big part of summer, but the average lawn can eat up your free time and cost a bundle to maintain. Going with eco-friendly methods can actually save you time and money, and help the environment. A thick, full lawn reduces soil erosion, filters contaminants from rainwater and absorbs airborne pollutants like dust and soot. Grass is also great at converting carbon dioxide to ...

  • Tropical soil carbon sink under threat

    There are strong concerns that the conversion of tropical forests into land for agriculture or plantations has negative effects on the carbon budget. A new study conducted in South-East Asia reveals that moderate or heavy disturbance of tropical forests can damage fine root structures, which in turn reduce carbon transfer to the soil. Tropical forests are being converted into agricultural land or ...

  • Soil carbon cycling and the global carbon balance

    Like most things that exist underground, plant roots are out-of-sight and easily forgotten, but while flowers, leaves, and other aboveground plant parts are more familiar, plant roots are equally deserving of our appreciation. Beneath every towering tree, tasty crop, and dazzling ornamental lies a root system that makes it all possible. Roots provide anchor and support for plants, extract water ...

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