Agriculture

Removing nitrate for healthier ecosystems
September 27, 2017 03:33 PM - Adityarup Chakravorty, American Society of Agronomy

Nitrogen can present a dilemma for farmers and land managers.

Climate insurance is rarely well thought out in agriculture
September 25, 2017 05:21 PM - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

Internationally subsidised agricultural insurance is intended to protect farmers in developing countries from the effects of climate change. However, it can also lead to undesirable ecological and social side effects, as UFZ researchers and their US colleagues at the University of Oregon have explained in a review article in the latest issue of Global Environmental Change. The article also contains recommendations for improved insurance schemes which in future should also take account of ecological and social aspects in addition to economic issues.

New study: Corn's environmental impact varies greatly across the U.S.
September 22, 2017 01:54 PM - University of Minnesota

New research from the University of Minnesota drills down to the county-level impact of corn production.

New study: Corn's environmental impact varies greatly across the U.S.
September 22, 2017 01:54 PM - University of Minnesota

New research from the University of Minnesota drills down to the county-level impact of corn production.

UMN researchers find recipe for forest restoration
September 22, 2017 01:47 PM - University of Minnesota

To find out what works best for reestablishing tropical dry forests, the researchers planted seedlings of 32 native tree species in degraded soil or degraded soil amended with sand, rice hulls, rice hull ash or hydrogel.

UMN researchers find recipe for forest restoration
September 22, 2017 01:47 PM - University of Minnesota

To find out what works best for reestablishing tropical dry forests, the researchers planted seedlings of 32 native tree species in degraded soil or degraded soil amended with sand, rice hulls, rice hull ash or hydrogel.

Crowning the "King of the Crops": Sequencing the White Guinea Yam Genome
September 22, 2017 01:43 PM - Earlham Institute

An international collaboration involving the Earlham Institute, Norwich, UK, and the Iwate Biotechnology Research Centre, Japan, has for the first time provided a genome sequence for the white Guinea yam, a staple crop with huge economic and cultural significance on the African continent and a lifeline for millions of people.

Crowning the "King of the Crops": Sequencing the White Guinea Yam Genome
September 22, 2017 01:43 PM - Earlham Institute

An international collaboration involving the Earlham Institute, Norwich, UK, and the Iwate Biotechnology Research Centre, Japan, has for the first time provided a genome sequence for the white Guinea yam, a staple crop with huge economic and cultural significance on the African continent and a lifeline for millions of people.

Fires in Australia Pop Up in Places Already Burned
September 22, 2017 01:36 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Fires that span across the Northern Territory and Western Australia appear to have broken out in areas that have already been burned in previous fires.  Areas that sport "burn scars", those areas that are a darker, almost red-brown color, are surrounded by fires that are anywhere from a few hours old to 7 days old.  The areas that are seven days old can be attributed to fires that spread but areas that are just a few hours old may be fires that have presumably been put out only to have them break out again.  The Northern Territory of Australia experienced a higher than normal amount of rain this past season allowing the plants and trees that fuel fires to become even more overgrown and subject to becoming fire fodder.

Fires in Australia Pop Up in Places Already Burned
September 22, 2017 01:36 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Fires that span across the Northern Territory and Western Australia appear to have broken out in areas that have already been burned in previous fires.  Areas that sport "burn scars", those areas that are a darker, almost red-brown color, are surrounded by fires that are anywhere from a few hours old to 7 days old.  The areas that are seven days old can be attributed to fires that spread but areas that are just a few hours old may be fires that have presumably been put out only to have them break out again.  The Northern Territory of Australia experienced a higher than normal amount of rain this past season allowing the plants and trees that fuel fires to become even more overgrown and subject to becoming fire fodder.

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