Pedro Antunes

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Earthworms are more important than pandas (if you want to save the planet)

It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly …

From flask to field: How tiny microbes are revolutionizing big agriculture

Walk into your typical U.S. or U.K. grocery store and feast your eyes on an amazing bounty of fresh and processed foods. In most industrialized …

The Desert Rock That Feeds the World

A dispute over Western Sahara’s phosphate reserves could disrupt food production around the globe.<p>Aided by the longest conveyor belt in the world, a steady stream of chalky white powder emerges on the North African coast from deep within the desert. The belt, its presence betrayed by the bright …

Long-distance survival: Effects of storage time and environmental exposure on soil bugs

Contaminated soil frequently arrives at the borders through transported items, and is widely recognised as a vector for non-native species, …

Ecology

Impact of climate change on microbial biodiversity: Climate change affects biodiversity most strongly in the most natural environments, as well as the most nutrient enriched environments -- This means that these extremes are most susceptible to future changes in temperatures

Climate change affects biodiversity most strongly in the most natural environments, as well as the most nutrient enriched environments -- This means …

Climate Change

Plant and Soil Ecology Lab

Soil

How miniature predators get their favorite soil bacteria

Sniffing out your dinner in the dark<p>Tiny predators in the soil can literally sniff out their prey: soil bacteria, which communicate with each other …

The muck beneath our feet could be our destruction, or our salvation.

Most of us don’t have Dec. 5 marked on our calendars as World Soil Day, but maybe we should. In 1939, Congress sent the soil scientist W.C. …

WSD2016 | Global Soil Partnership | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

World Soil Day 2016 : 'Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life '<p>The World Soil Day (WSD) campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise …

Farming

Boosting Biocrust - Flagstaff Business & Online News | Northern Arizona Local Newspaper

By onNovember 15, 2016 in Local News<p>Most of us look at the ground and notice dirt, but soil scientists see a whole micro world of organisms that make …

New Mexico

Which genes are crucial for the energy metabolism of Archaea? Ammonia-oxidizing Archaeon Nitrososphaera viennensis is further deciphered

Ammonia-oxidizing Archaeon Nitrososphaera viennensis is further deciphered<p>Microorganisms are still often perceived only as disease promoters, …

Biology

In the future, will farming be fully automated?

<b>In the not-too-distant future, our fields could be tilled, sown, tended and harvested entirely by fleets of co-operating autonomous machines by land and air.</b><p>And they'll be working both day and night.<p>Driverless tractors that can follow pre-programmed routes are already being deployed at large farms …

Farming

Soil bacteria helps protect rice plants from arsenic and fungus: 'Cocktail’ of soil bacteria can protect rice plants from deadly forces

'Cocktail’ of soil bacteria can protect rice plants from deadly forces<p>Researchers have found that rice plants can withstand attacks from arsenic in …

Soil

Why has ragweed—a highly allergenic plant—been spreading so quickly?

Martin did his doctoral research on ragweed. A few years ago he travelled the eastern US by car for six weeks and collected plants for DNA …

Ecology

Mycorrhizas as nutrient and energy pumps... (PDF Download Available)

Energy

Figuring out why certain soils keep plant parasites at bay could be a boon for agriculture around the globe

Plants around the world are constantly under attack — often with big implications for humans.<p>In the 1960s, millions of elm trees in Britain, France and the US fell victim to Dutch elm disease, which clogs the vessels that carry life-giving water to the trees’ leaves. Starting in the late 1980s, …

How plants make friends with fungi

Many fungi damage or even kill plants. But there are also plant-friendly fungi: Most land plants live in close community with arbuscular mycorrhiza …

Fungi

U of G Discovery May Benefit Farmers Worldwide

University of Guelph plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a …

Forestry

Secrets of life in the soil

Diana Wall has built a career on overturning assumptions about underground ecosystems. Now she is seeking to protect this endangered world.<p>Early on a …

Earth Temperature Timeline

Geek Humor

African soil technique could help combat climate change

DAKAR, Senegal (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — A farming technique practised for centuries in West Africa, which transforms nutrient-poor rainforest …

Migration in Motion: Visualizing Species Movements Due to Climate Change

As climate change alters 
habitats and disrupts ecosystems, where will
 animals move to survive?
 And will human development prevent them from …

Climate Change

Herbicide usage for invasive non‐native plant management in wildland areas of North America - Wagner - 2017 - Journal of Applied Ecology

Journal of Applied Ecology<p>Volume 54, Issue 1<p>Forum<p>Herbicide usage for invasive non‐native plant management in wildland areas of North America<p>Viktoria …

The arms race at the plant root: How soil bacteria fight to escape sticky root traps

Soil is full of microbes. Specialized border cells at the outer surface of plant roots fight off these microbes as the roots penetrate the soil in …

Biology

OMAFRA Soil Fertility Specialist Jake Munroe says soil organic matter is the single most important soil property farmers have influence over through their management.

Crop Rotation, Cover Crops Boost Soil Organic Matter<p>June 24, 2016 6:01am<p>OMAFRA Soil Fertility Specialist Jake Munroe says soil organic matter is the …

Farming

Immense species richness of bacterial-eating microorganisms discovered in soil

Millions of microorganisms play a major role in the decomposition of soil matter. A group of researchers has just shown that there is an enormous …

Organisms

Study unlocks surprising behaviour of soil bacteria

<b>Newly sequenced genomes of soil bacteria have raised questions about how differing land management affects the organisms' behaviour.</b><p>UK scientists found one strain locked nitrogen in the soil, while another released a potent greenhouse gas.<p>The findings came to light after the researchers sequenced</i> …

Farming

Garlic mustard populations likely to decline

Garlic mustard, an invasive plant affecting forested areas in the Midwestern and Eastern United States, secretes a chemical called sinigrin into soil …

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