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10/14/2015

In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Quality, tree species were the best at removing storm water from bioswales and back into the atmosphere—a process known as water cycling...

9/30/2015

Most of us think that farmers grow and harvest crops for food. That’s true for many crops: they either feed humans or farm animals. However, there’s another category of crop that has a...

9/2/2015

You may have noticed that after a heavy rainstorm, creeks and rivers often turn the color of chocolate milk. That cloudy brown color is caused by sediments—weathered rock material ranging in...

8/26/2015

Ah-choo! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re probably sick of this refrain. And you’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Moreover, there are...

8/19/2015

Most of us have strong opinions about snow during the winter. For some, it’s a curse. Others enjoy the recreation heavy snowfall brings. Yet, once warmer weather co...

7/29/2015

Remember the science fair?

For some of us it was an exciting time of creative experimentation. For others it was a time of botched and badly displayed data. For 16-year-old Maria Elena...

7/22/2015

How does style of tilling make a difference in crop success? The blades on a till don’t simply chop up soil and move it around. They blend dead plant material left from harvest into the soil...

7/8/2015

Recent research (and commercials) tell us probiotic products are good for our health, with benefits ranging...

7/1/2015

As we walk along a forest path, the soil beneath our feet seems like a uniform substance. However, it is an intricate network of soil particles, pores, minerals, soil microbes, and more. It is...

6/24/2015

Plants need water. People need water. Unfortunately, there’s only so much clean water to go around — and so the effort begins to find a solution.

Luckily for people, some...