Agriculture

New Paper Explains Consequences of Plant Disappearance in Salt Marshes on the Atlantic Coast
January 25, 2017 09:36 AM - The American Phytopathological Society

An important new research paper, titled “Response of Sediment Bacterial Communities to Sudden Vegetation Dieback in a Coastal Wetland,” examines the consequences of plant disappearance and changes in salt marsh soil communities following Sudden Vegetation Dieback (SVD).

The paper, published in Phytobiomes, an open-access journal of The American Phytopathological Society, is written by Wade Elmer, Peter Thiel, and Blaire Steven, scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. The setting for this study was the marshes of Connecticut’s Hammonasset Beach State Park.

Is warming behind India's depleting groundwater?
January 25, 2017 09:21 AM - SciDev.Net

Changing rainfall patterns may be depleting India’s groundwater storage more than withdrawals for agricultural irrigation, says a new study published in January by Nature Geoscience
 
While India’s diminishing groundwater is widely attributed to over extraction, especially in the northern agricultural belts of Punjab and Haryana, the study holds decline in rainfall caused by the rise in the temperatures in the Indian Ocean — a major factor in monsoonal rainfall patterns over the Indo-Gangetic Plain —  to be a more important cause.   

Trees supplement income for rural farmers in Africa
January 23, 2017 01:38 PM - University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Trees may be easy to spot on the plains of Africa but they are often overlooked as a source of income for farmers. A University of Illinois study shows trees on farms may help reduce rural poverty and maintain biodiversity.

Trees supplement income for rural farmers in Africa
January 23, 2017 01:38 PM - University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Trees may be easy to spot on the plains of Africa but they are often overlooked as a source of income for farmers. A University of Illinois study shows trees on farms may help reduce rural poverty and maintain biodiversity.

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.

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