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5/20/2015

Software developers—and even consumers—are familiar with the open-source movement. Open-source projects, like the popular Firefox web browser, are generally developed in a public,...

5/13/2015

Green thumbs, do not fret. Pockets of soil in urban areas are still available for the increasingly popular practice of urban gardening.

And while the proximity of these soils to pollution...

5/4/2015

A new approach to wastewater treatment may be key in efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Moreover, it can be profitable.

Phosphorus is...

4/23/2015

When it comes to soil and water, predictability is important--but difficult.

Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring water flow through soil for years. Even the smallest...

4/7/2015

Nitrogen is a critical element to growing healthy food. It’s a nutrient that helps plants grow. It’s the elemental backbone of proteins. However, managing nitrogen levels in soils has...

3/24/2015

Radiation suddenly contaminates the land your family has farmed and lived on for generations. Can soil play a role in protecting crops and human health?

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3/9/2015

The timeless struggle against weeds is especially tough for organic farmers, who avoid using highly concentrated herbicides in favor of chemical-free methods like hand-pulling, soil tillage, and...

2/23/2015

Recent research in Mexico suggests rotating the use of a local cover crop can improve soil fertility and yields of maize (corn) harvests.

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2/9/2015

Climate change, marked by more pronounced weather extremes, has prompted searches for new food crops. Such crops must be able to resist wide temperature variations and alternating periods of...

1/26/2015

When nitrogen finds its way from agricultural fields into water bodies and the atmosphere, it doesn't just degrade water quality and contribute to climate change. That lost nitrogen also isn...