Agriculture

How Much Soil Goes Down The Drain — New Data On Soil Lost Due To Water
December 15, 2017 12:51 PM - European Commission Joint Research Centre

According to a new study, almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse. The study also offers ideas on how agriculture can change to become a part of the solution from being part of the problem.

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Florida Tech Research Finds Roots Use Chemical 'Photos' to Coordinate Growth
September 13, 2017 04:58 PM - Florida Institute of Technology

Though it may look haphazard, the network of intertwining plant roots snaking through the soil actually represents a deliberate process. Root growth is guided by chemical snapshots taken by young roots, allowing them to detect obstructions and coordinate the paths they take, new research led by Florida Institute of Technology finds.

Roots compete for and share resources with neighboring roots, as well as with billions of microbes. Until now, however, little has been known about how plants coordinate construction of these complex subterranean assemblies.

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Not a Pipe Dream Anymore - Space-Farming: A Long Legacy Leading us to Mars

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Following a new NASA bill, passed in March by the US Congress and which authorizes $19.5 billion spending for space exploration in 2017, manned missions to Mars are closer to reality than ever before.

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