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  • Reinforcement of soil by plant roots

    Landslides have devastating impacts across the globe resulting in the loss of life and the destruction of billions of dollars in infrastructure. Soil erosion from wind and water threatens food production, pollutes the environment, and can make living in major cities such as Beijing almost unbearable during dust storms. Just like the great dust bowl of the 1930s, many instances of soil erosion and ...

  • Finding vegetables in unexpected places

    Urban agriculture, or urban farming, is becoming more common not only in Detroit-where some say the trend began-but around the country. Urban farms range from small-scale vegetable gardens in abandoned lots to larger operations with hoop houses and honeybees. Community leaders, unemployed workers, and families are hoping that urban farming can help address many of the problems of American inner ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Annie`s launches `Root 4 Kids` Campaign encouraging kids nationwide to dig real food

    Annie's, maker of all-natural and organic comfort foods, snacks and cereals, today announced the launch of "Root 4 Kids," a cause-related campaign calling upon parents and teachers nationwide to help kids "dig" or learn about new vegetables in fall 2010 and plant new vegetables in spring 2011. Annie's goal: one million kids digging and planting new veggies now through harvest 2011. To help reach ...

  • Jane Goodall`s Roots & Shoots and Earth protect announce winners of international video contest

    Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute's global environmental and humanitarian program for young people from preschool through university, and Earth Protect are pleased to announce the winners of the On the Edge: Hope for Animals and Their World Young Filmmakers Contest. A part of Roots & Shoots' current campaign focusing on endangered species and biodiversity, the ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Grafting helps pepper plants deal with drought

    Joining a high-yield pepper plant sapling to the roots of a strong and resistant variety could help pepper farmers cope with lower rainfall, a study has found. An experiment using the technique of merging two plants, known as grafting, resulted in higher fruit yield during periods of less rain. Plants also grew much better in salty soil, a by-product of drought, the researchers ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Historically plants limited CO2 sinks

    Weathering, or natural degradation, of silicon-containing rocks should have produced a significant carbon sink over the past 24 million years. A new study suggests that plants have reduced this sink and kept CO2 levels at a higher level. Natural sinks of CO2 play an important role in adaptation and mitigation policies for climate change. In order to predict future climate change, it is necessary ...

  • Solar-powered irrigation improves food security in West Africa

    Solar-powered irrigation that delivers water directly to plant roots could help ensure food security in Africa, say researchers. Their study in the Sudano-Sahel region of West Africa indicated that this irrigation method could increase both household income and nutritional intake, particularly during the dry season. The food supply in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa is considered insecure in ...

  • Free shipping on weed killers from interstate products

    Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading provider of environmental and industrial maintenance solutions is now offering free shipping on a wide selection of weed killers and herbicides.  Interstate Products provides a broad selection of both selective and non-selective herbicides that target specific weed control conditions.  Ideal for commercial weed control, industrial grounds ...


    By Interstate Products Inc

  • Benefits of Black Worm Castings, VermaPlex, and Organic Fertilizers

    Over the last couple of years, organic fertilizers such as Black Worm Castings, VermaPlex Specialty Fertilizer, Black Sea Kelp, Coral Calcium, Hydrolyzed Fish, and Liquid Humate Plus, have become increasingly popular. As gardeners and farmers realize the amazing benefits of these amendments, many ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • Grass strips help curb erosion, herbicide transport

    Grass filter strips placed in riparian zones not only curb soil erosion, but can help block and degrade the widely used herbicide atrazine, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists report. Atrazine has been used extensively to suppress weeds in corn production for decades, but because it's applied directly to soil it's especially prone to losses in surface runoff. The contamination of ...

  • Forest management for climate change adaptation must fit the context

    Forest management could help adaptation to climate change through its effects on water supply. A long-term US-based study has analysed the impact of forested land use changes on water flow into streams and rivers. It indicated that converting forests from deciduous to pine trees could help water storage in extreme wet conditions, but may be unsuitable in droughts. As such, it recommends tailoring ...

  • Forest management for climate change adaptation must fit the context

    Forest management could help adaptation to climate change through its effects on water supply. A long-term US-based study has analysed the impact of forested land use changes on water flow into streams and rivers. It indicated that converting forests from deciduous to pine trees could help water storage in extreme wet conditions, but may be unsuitable in droughts. As such, it recommends tailoring ...

  • EPA participates in Blue Mountain tree planting project at Palmerton Zinc Superfund site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and three partner organizations are planting 5,500 new trees on 70 acres of mountainside at the Palmerton Zinc Superfund Site along the Appalachian Trail in Palmerton, Pa. that will be in place by Memorial Day. “EPA is proud to be part of this tree planting venture that helps transform a previously barren and contaminated site into a beautiful ...

  • ‘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

  • Joining hands for sustainability and innovation in horticulture

    From September 30th to October first, Bayer CropScience is hosting over 175 industry professionals from over 15 different countries at its Horticulture Symposium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The symposium addresses issues of sustainability and innovation in modern horticulture and is designed to allow leaders in the field to network, share knowledge and expertise and exchange best practices. Over ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Understanding why rye works as a cover crop

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists may soon find a way to enhance the weed-killing capabilities of a cereal grain that enriches the soil when used as a winter cover crop. Rye is often grown in winter and killed in the spring, so the dead stalks can be flattened over soybean and vegetable fields to block sunlight and prevent spring weeds from getting the light they need to germinate. ...

  • Interaction between water and forest – challenge to water policies and forest management

    Incorporating results from forest hydrology studies in water policies can help avoid uncertainty and confusion caused by the current difficulties in transferring research findings to different countries and regions, varying forest types and species and diverse forest management regimes. In addition, institutional mechanisms to enhance synergies in forests and water administrations are needed at ...


    By European Forest Institute

  • Woodlands revival adds new piece to carbon cycle puzzle

    Despite continuing concern about the fate of iconic rainforests, new research shows that the world’s forests have stored away an extra 4 billion tonnes of carbon in the last dozen years and the total amount of woodland has increased worldwide since 2003. The encouraging news comes from Australian scientists, who report ...


    By Climate News Network

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