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  • NDVI and Your Farm: Understanding NDVI for Plant Health Insights

    NDVI and Your Farm: Understanding NDVI for Plant Health Understanding your crops’ health status isn’t the easiest thing to do. Sure, you can use the “eye test”, and a number of foliar contact and direct measurement techniques. But, what if there was an easy, fast and efficient way to see the health of plants and their status and progress over time? That’s ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Critical Issues in Global Soil Health

    Soil health is rarely equated into discussions of climate change, environmental protection, and sustainable development. However, soils play such a vital role in the planet’s survival that life cannot exist without them. They provide the basis for food and fiber production; support a diversity of plant, animal, and microbial life; and regulate nutrient cycles and gas exchange with ...

  • Report on Health and Biodiversity Demonstrates Human Health Benefits from Protecting Biodiversity

    A ground-breaking report on biodiversity and health, launched today at the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Kolkata, India, shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to better human health. The report, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, demonstrates that the relationship between biodiversity and human health is extensive and ...

  • Alabama`s Wayne Farms poultry plant cited for exposing workers to musculoskeletal, other repeat, serious safety and health hazards

    Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, ...

  • Soil moisture for crop health topic of symposium

    Soil moisture sensing through either contact or remote technology captures soil-plant-water information that relates closely with plant water availability and use. Innovations in remote sensing technologies can inform plant health assessments and more. The “Soil Moisture Sensing for Crop Health Assessment and Management” symposium planned at the Resilience Emerging ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Trees in urban areas may improve mental health

    Doctors prescribe fewer antidepressants in urban areas with more trees on the street, according to recent UK research. The study examined the link between mental health and wellbeing and the presence of trees in London neighbourhoods. Its findings support the idea that maintaining a link to nature, even in an urban area, may help provide a healthy living environment. Natural features ...

  • Invasive alien species: a growing problem for environment and health

    Invasive alien species pose greater risks than previously thought for biodiversity, human health and economies, according to two new reports from the European Environment Agency (EEA). An alien or non-native species is an organism which humans have introduced –intentionally or accidentally -outside its previous range. It is deemed ‘invasive’ if it has negative ...

  • Health of European streams revealed by leaf breakdown

    A recent study, which assessed 100 streams across Europe, reveals that a key ecosystem process, leaf litter breakdown, is slowed when nutrient concentrations in the water are either very low or very high, has the highest potential at moderate nutrient concentrations and is inhibited in heavily polluted waters, implying that the relationship between nutrient levels and ...

  • California’s Prop 65 and Imazalil Public Health Concerns

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • A model to measure soil health in the era of bioenergy

    One of the biggest threats to today’s farmlands is the loss of soil organic carbon (SOC) and soil organic matter (SOM) from poor land-management practices. The presence of these materials is essential as they do everything from providing plants with proper nutrients to filtering harmful chemical compounds to the prevention of soil erosion. Sustainable management practices for crop residues are ...

  • Mongolian Gold Miners Put Health before Wealth

    Model Processing Plant Allows Artisanal Miners to Turn Their Back on Highly Toxic Mercury Behind the unassuming brick walls of a remote compound in Mongolia's Mandal district lies what may be part of the solution to the pressing health challenge posed by the use of mercury in artisanal small-scale gold mining. Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin that is especially harmful to ...

  • Synthetic Marijuana has Health Officials Concerned

    In November of 2010, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it would use its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana.  The DEA’s emergency order went into effect last month after health officials began raising concerns over the substance that was being purchased legally from stores and over ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Plant and soil scientists assemble

    More than 3,500 scientists, professionals, and students presented their latest research and discussed emerging trends in agriculture, energy, climate change, environmental science, and related issues at the 2009 Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Nov. 1-5 in Pittsburgh, PA. The meeting’s ...

  • Focus on plant function, not origins

    Conservationists and land managers should no longer use the origins of plant species as a guiding principle for policy and management decisions, argues a team of ecologists led by Marc Davis. Instead, they should focus on the function of plant species and whether they benefit or threaten biodiversity, human ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Invasive Plant Listing

    A proposed new ASTM standard will describe the criteria and procedures by which to develop an invasive plant list for a specific geographic region and will serve as a foundation for creating such lists to support building codes and related applications. WK40773, Practice for Invasive Plant Listing, is being developed by Subcommittee E60.01 on Buildings and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Improving and Maintaining the Health of Estuaries - National Estuary Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    Thanks to EPA's National Estuary Program (NEP), more than 1 million acres of critical habitat has been sustained or restored--- that's a figure that is just shy of the total area of the state of Rhode Island. The NEP, which includes 28 estuaries across the country, was developed 20 years ago to protect and restore these national resources. Stories of success and on-the-ground environmental ...

  • Ontario Releases Draft Pollinator Protection Health Action Plan

    On January 22, 2016, Ontario released for consultation a draft Health Action Plan (Plan) to reduce losses of honeybees and other pollinators caused by several “stressors” stated in the Plan to include: (1) reduced habitat and poor nutrition; (2) diseases, pests, and genetics; (3) exposure to ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • ‘Science of Soil Health’ Videos Feature OSU Extension Experts

    Soil researchers across the Midwest, including agronomists and scientists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, want to help growers unlock the secrets of soil health to improve yields, lower input costs and increase farm income. A new series of YouTube videos, called “The Science of Soil Health,” is designed to provide new ...


    By Ohio State University

  • California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns from Maneb

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.    Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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