Agriculture

How Much Drought Can a Forest Take?
January 19, 2017 04:00 PM - UC Davis

Aerial tree mortality surveys show patterns of tree death during extreme drought.

Why do some trees die in a drought and others don’t? And how can we predict where trees are most likely to die in future droughts?

How Much Drought Can a Forest Take?
January 19, 2017 04:00 PM - UC Davis

Aerial tree mortality surveys show patterns of tree death during extreme drought.

Why do some trees die in a drought and others don’t? And how can we predict where trees are most likely to die in future droughts?

New MSU Research Addresses Gap Between Research and Practice in Sustainable Agriculture
January 18, 2017 10:43 AM - Michigan State University

Michigan State University-led research has found a big difference in the yields produced by alternative agricultural practices in commercial fields compared with the same practices in the small experimental plots ordinarily used to test them.

New MSU Research Addresses Gap Between Research and Practice in Sustainable Agriculture
January 18, 2017 10:43 AM - Michigan State University

Michigan State University-led research has found a big difference in the yields produced by alternative agricultural practices in commercial fields compared with the same practices in the small experimental plots ordinarily used to test them.

Scientists discover perennial hybrid of wheat, wheatgrass
January 17, 2017 09:34 AM - Washington State University

With a hybrid crop called Salish Blue, scientists at Washington State University have combined wheat and wheatgrass in a new species with the potential to help Pacific Northwest farmers and the environment.

Scientists discover perennial hybrid of wheat, wheatgrass
January 17, 2017 09:34 AM - Washington State University

With a hybrid crop called Salish Blue, scientists at Washington State University have combined wheat and wheatgrass in a new species with the potential to help Pacific Northwest farmers and the environment.

Study tracks memory of soil moisture
January 16, 2017 01:31 PM - MIT

The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet’s water — less than one-thousandth of a percent. Yet because of its position at the interface between the land and the atmosphere, that tiny amount plays a crucial role in everything from agriculture to weather and climate, and even the spread of disease.

The behavior and dynamics of this reservoir of moisture have been very hard to quantify and analyze, however, because measurements have been slow and laborious to make.

Climate change and farming: let's be part of the solution!
January 9, 2017 11:23 AM - , The Ecologist

What with rising rainfall in the west, and hotter, drier summers in the east, British farmers place plenty of challenges from global warming, writes Anna Bowen. But there are also positive opportunities for agricultural innovators to adapt their farming systems to changing conditions, make their operations more resilient and sustainable, and make themselves part of the solution.

Climate change and farming: let's be part of the solution!
January 9, 2017 11:23 AM - , The Ecologist

What with rising rainfall in the west, and hotter, drier summers in the east, British farmers place plenty of challenges from global warming, writes Anna Bowen. But there are also positive opportunities for agricultural innovators to adapt their farming systems to changing conditions, make their operations more resilient and sustainable, and make themselves part of the solution.

Species diversity reduces chances of crop failure in algal biofuel systems
January 9, 2017 10:20 AM - University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR—When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a federally funded study by University of Michigan researchers.

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