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Earth Day, Environment News, and Nature Topics 20-Apr-2017

April is Earth Month and Earth Day is April 22nd. Here is a breakdown of the latest news regarding Earth Day, the environment, climate, agriculture, and nature-related topics.

Earth Day, Climate Change, and Environment News

Megafaunal Extinctions Driven by Too Much Moisture

Studies of bones from Ice Age megafaunal animals across Eurasia and the Americas have revealed that major increases in environmental moisture occurred just before many species suddenly became extinct around 11-15,000 years ago. The persistent moistur...

– University of Adelaide

Nature Ecology and Evolution,

Embargo expired on 18-Apr-2017 at 11:00 ET

Study on Impact of Climate Change on Snowpack Loss in Western U.S.

An international team of scientists, including one from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has found that up to 20 percent loss in the annual maximum amount of water contained in the Western United States’ mountain snowpack in the last three d...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Embargo expired on 18-Apr-2017 at 11:00 ET

Models, Observations Not So Far Apart on Planet's Response to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A closer look at how the planet responds to greenhouse gases debunks recent observations suggesting Earth's temperature is less sensitive than climate models predict to rising carbon dioxide.

– University of Washington

Nature Climate Change

Embargo expired on 17-Apr-2017 at 11:00 ET

For New Carbon Markets, Try Old Growth

A fifteen-year study in Vermont shows that imitating old-growth forests enhances carbon storage in managed forestland far better than conventional forestry techniques.

– University of Vermont

Ecosphere, April 6, 2017

Embargo expired on 06-Apr-2017 at 10:00 ET

Study Reveals Future CO2 and Climate Warming Potentially Unprecedented in 420 Million Years

New research led by the University of Southampton suggests that, over the next 100 to 200 years, carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere will head towards values not seen since the Triassic period, 200 million years ago. Furthermore...

– University of Southampton

Nature Communications (10.1038/NCOMMS14845)

Embargo expired on 04-Apr-2017 at 11:00 ET

Study Defines Thunderstorm Asthma Epidemic Conditions

Researchers are exploring new ways of predicting thunderstorm asthma outbreaks that may one day provide early warnings for health professionals, emergency management officials and residents in affected areas.

– University of Georgia

In New Paper, Scientists Explain Climate Change Using Before/After Photographic Evidence

A group of scientists offers photographic proof of climate change using images of glaciers in a new paper appearing in GSA Today. Along with Gregory Baker of the University of Kansas, co-authors include an Emmy Award-winning documentarian and a promi...

– University of Kansas


Banning Transshipment at-Sea Necessary to Curb Illegal Fishing, Researchers Conclude

Banning transshipment at-sea—the transfer of fish and supplies from one vessel to another in open waters—is necessary to diminish illegal fishing, a team of researchers has concluded after an analysis of existing maritime regulations.

– New York University

Marine Policy

Well-Kept Vacant Lots Can Help Reduce Crime

Maintaining the yards of vacant properties helps reduce crime rates in urban neighborhoods, indicates a new Michigan State University study that’s the most comprehensive to date.

– Michigan State University

Adjusting Solar Panel Angles a Few Times a Year Makes Them More Efficient

With Earth Day approaching, new research from Binghamton University-State of New York could help U.S. residents save more energy, regardless of location, if they adjust the angles of solar panels four to five times a year.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

2017 Power and Energy Conference at Illinois

Campuses Leading the Way to Measure Their Nitrogen Footprints

Sustainability leadership efforts at the University of New Hampshire have contributed to a groundbreaking initiative to measure and reduce the nitrogen footprint left behind by campus activities like food waste and energy consumption. The new researc...

– University of New Hampshire

Migration From Sea-Level Rise Could Reshape Cities Inland

In a paper published today in Nature Climate Change, researchers estimate that approximately 13.1 million people could be displaced by rising ocean waters, with Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix as top destinations for those forced to relocate.

– University of Georgia

Nature Climate Change

Researchers Find Mushrooms May Hold Clues to Effect of Carbon Dioxide on Lawns

Since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has rapidly increased. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire set out to determine how rising carbon dioxide concentrations and different climates may alter veget...

– University of New Hampshire

From Moo – to Goo

Scientists have developed a new system to convert methane into a deep green, energy-rich, gelatin-like substance that can be used as the basis for biofuels and other bioproducts, specialty chemicals – and even feed for cows that create the gas in t...

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Bioresource Technology

Researchers Develop Predictive Model Measuring Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Streams and Rivers

The new model will be a valuable tool for scientists and water managers alike, as the framework allows for accurate prediction of N2O emissions under a variety of scenarios including water temperature, changes in land use and the influence of climate...

– University of Notre Dame

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Plant Scientists Untangle the Molecular Mechanisms Connecting Plant Stress and Growth

ISU researchers are piecing together the genetic mechanisms that link plant growth and stress response. In a new paper, the research group links autophagy, an important energy recycling function, with slower growth during stress conditions. Autophagy...

– Iowa State University

Tropical Lowland Frogs at Greater Risk From Climate Warming Than High-Elevation Species, Study Shows

A new study of Peruvian frogs living at a wide variety of elevations—from the Amazon floodplain to high Andes peaks—lends support to the idea that lowland amphibians are at higher risk from future climate warming.

– University of Michigan

Ecology and Evolution

Large, High-Intensity Forest Fires Will Increase

Wildfire experts predict that by 2041, there will be four large, high-intensity forest fires for every three that occur now, with the number of days when conditions are conducive to fires increasing.

– South Dakota State University

Nature Ecology & Evolution, Feb. 2017

New Study on Resilience Helps Governments Prevent Disaster-Related Loss

Hurricanes, wildfires, tsunamis and other disasters cannot be stopped, but countries can plan for them — something some areas of the world seem to do better than others, according to a new study published in the journal Risk Analysis.

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

71473146; 2015BAK12B01

Scientists Link Recent California Droughts and Floods to Distinctive Atmospheric Waves

Upper atmosphere pattern may open window to long-term prediction

– National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Journal of Climate; Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences

Coming Together, Falling Apart, and Starting Over, Battery Style

Scientists built a new device that shows what happens when electrode, electrolyte, and active materials meet in energy storage technologies.

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNAS 113(47): 13324-13329. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1608730113

Research Links Decline in Hemlock Forests to Changes in Water Resources

An insect infestation that is killing hemlock trees in New England forests is having a significant impact on the water resources of forested ecosystems that provide essential water supplies to one of the nation's most populous regions.

– Indiana University

Geophysical Research Letters, 15-March-2017

Seagrasses in World Heritage Site Not Recovered Years After Heat Wave

Massive seagrass beds in Western Australia’s Shark Bay — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — haven’t recovered much from the devastating heat wave of 2011, according to a new study demonstrating how certain vital ecosystems may change drastically ...

– Mote Marine Laboratory

Marine Ecology Progress Series,

Methane Emissions From Trees

A new University of Delaware study is one of the first to show that tree trunks in forests in high or hilly lands emit methane rather than store it, representing a previously unaccounted source of the powerful greenhouse gas. Because of methane’s g...

– University of Delaware

Predicting the Limits of Friction: Sandia Looks at Properties of Material

Sandia National Laboratories materials scientists have developed a model to predict the limits of friction behavior of metals based on materials properties — how hard you can push on materials or how much current you can put through them before the...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Journal of Materials Science

Copper-Bottomed Deposits

The world’s most valuable copper deposits, known as porphyry deposits, originate from cooling magma. But how can we predict the size of these deposits? What factors govern the amount of copper present?

– Université de Genève (University of Geneva)

Scientific Reports

Rock Exposed in World War I Trenches Offers New Fossil Find

An unusual fossil find is giving scientists new ideas about how some of the earliest animals on Earth came to dominate the world’s oceans.

– Ohio State University

Geologica Acta

Global Climate Trend Since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.12 C Per Decade

Global Temperature Report: March 2017

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Global Warming and Outdoor Allergies

Global warming and climate change are in the headlines today. For allergy sufferers, the impact of warmer temperatures on their daily lives may soon become very apparent. If you think that your spring allergies have worsened, you may be right, and gl...

– Valley Health System

Eruptions Examiner

University of Iowa volcanologist Ingrid Ukstins spent two weeks collecting samples from Yasur, a continuously erupting volcano on Tanna, an island in the remote South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, to study its chemical composition and determine how...

– University of Iowa

Why Swarthmore Supports Putting a Price on Carbon Pollution

Swarthmore College is leading the effort among colleges and universities to support carbon pricing as a matter of policy.

– Swarthmore College

Multiple Mayo Clinic Campuses Recognized by Practice Greenhealth for Environmental Stewardship

Mayo Clinic campuses in Jacksonville, Florida; Rochester; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and La Crosse, Wisconsin, have been awarded for their sustainability efforts by Practice Greenhealth, a national organization dedicated to reducing the impact health car...

– Mayo Clinic

Mountain Class: Geography Students Explore How Communities Work — in the Rockies

“Bear spray will be provided.” Those five words at the end of the syllabus for Geography 269 are just one of several indications that the summer course is not your average study abroad offering.

– State University of New York at Geneseo

Landmark Environmental Book Influences Scientists 55 Years After Its Release

Fifty-five years after the publishing of "Silent Spring," Kansas State University researchers are continuing their work in keeping the environment safe and the food supply secure.

– Kansas State University

Native American Scientists Endorse March for Science

More than 1,100 Native American and Indigenous scientists, scholars and allies worldwide have endorsed the March for Science that will be held in more than 500 locations around the world this Saturday.

– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Is White Beach Sand Really Sand?

When spring break means a trip to the beach, it’s good to know what you’re walking on. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) April 15 Soils Matter blog post explains what “sand” really is—and why sands can be so different!

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Orchids and Fungus: A Conservation Connection

Orchids make up 10 percent of the world's plant species; more than 50 percent of native orchids in North America are listed as threatened or endangered in some part of their home range. Botanist Dennis Whigham and his colleagues at the Smithsonian En...

– Smithsonian Institution

Big Pixel Initiative Invites Public to Help Map our World

Big Pixel Initiative researchers at the University of California San Diego are partnering with Columbia University and Arizona State University to create a continuous, global map of the urbanization process, and they’re looking to the public to he...

– University of California San Diego

Pollinators Find a Safe Haven on ESF Campus

The College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y., has become a designated pollinator-friendly campus by agreeing to avoid the use of bee-toxic pesticides.

– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Smithsonian Snapshot: The Adorable Face of Conservation Success

The ongoing recovery of the black-footed ferret is one of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's most successful conservation efforts.

– Smithsonian Institution

Microgrid Business Models Analyzed in UC San Diego Study

UC San Diego researchers published a systematic analysis of microgrids in Southern California to better understand business cases for private investment in microgrids. From the abstract: “Decentralization [of the electric power grid] could radicall...

– University of California San Diego

Energy Policy Journal April 2017

Donation to BGSU University Libraries Creates Research Destination for Great Lakes History

The University Libraries at Bowling Green State University has greatly expanded its collection of Great Lakes research materials thanks to a significant donation from the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which is owned and operated by the Great La...

– Bowling Green State University

Time to Mow More: It’s Good for the Environment and for Curb Appeal

Environmentally, proper lawn care can help prevent nutrients from flowing into nearby waterways, said Jason Kruse, a UF/IFAS associate professor of environmental horticulture. Mowing helps increase canopy density, increases soil stability and prevent...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

New Lab Helps Scientists Study the Earth’s Oldest Fossils, Minerals, Rocks

A new facility at the University of Arkansas combines laser ablation and mass spectrometry for quick, efficient analysis of trace elements and radiogenic isotopes.

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

UF/IFAS Expert: For Earth Day, Save Energy with Small Steps

Wendell Porter, a senior lecturer in the UF/IFAS department of agricultural and biological engineering, offers hints to save energy: Change the temperature on your thermostat by 1 degree. Change the temperature on your hot water tank from 130 to 120....

Expert Available

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Entomologist Gives Tips on Staying Safe During Tick Season

Now that the snow has finally melted and Manitobans are getting out an about, some are venturing into wooded or grassy areas. And that’s a problem. U of M entomologist Kateryn Rochon cautions that tick season is upon us, and we should be vigilant. ...

Expert Available

– University of Manitoba

GCOOS Welcomes New Industry Members at Annual Meeting

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) welcomed four new voting members representing marine-related industries during the organization's Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

– Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

GCOOS Announces New Board

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) welcomed new and returning members to its Board of Directors following Board elections in March.

– Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

Media Advisory: Smithsonian Convenes Earth Optimism Summit

The Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit will bring together more than 150 scientists, thought leaders, philanthropists, conservationists and civic leaders to talk about what is working in conservation and how to scale up and replicate it.

– Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Brings Garden Stories to Life with “Community of Gardens” Mobile App

Smithsonian Gardens celebrates National Garden Month with the launch of its first mobile app “Community of Gardens,” which brings stories of gardening in the United States to life.

– Smithsonian Institution

Long Range AUV Will Help Coast Guard "See" and Respond to Ocean Spills and Disasters Faster

We are creating robotic systems that are small, mobile, connected, and enduring, making them a perfect match for the remote Arctic to give the USCG the ability to understand an incident while there is still time to react.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Smithsonian To Convene Earth Optimism Summit April 21–23

On Earth Day weekend, the Smithsonian will convene the first Earth Optimism Summit, a three-day event featuring more than 150 scientists, thought leaders, philanthropists, conservationists and civic leaders, which will highlight what is working in co...

– Smithsonian Institution

UCI to Dramatically Increase Its Use of Recycled Water

Aiming to greatly expand its use of recycled water, the University of California, Irvine is partnering with the Irvine Ranch Water District to convert the school’s central cooling plant to an environmentally friendly system that will conserve more ...

– University of California, Irvine

Beck’s Partners with Indiana State for Unmanned Systems Training

Beck's, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, announced today a collaboration with Indiana State University to train pilots to operate unmanned aerial vehicles within the new legal structure established by the Federal Avi...

– Indiana State University

WIU Students, Faculty Spend Spring Break Cleaning America's Rivers

Four students and one faculty member from Western Illinois University's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) spent their Spring Break week with a national organization whose mission is cleaning up America's rivers.

– Western Illinois University

Nation’s Largest Clean Vehicle Awareness Event by WVU Joins World’s Largest Earth Day Event in Dallas

The National Odyssey Kickoff Event is set to take place during Earth Day Texas on April 20.

– West Virginia University

"Science Is Antithesis of Fake News," Says Wildlife Conservation Society President Ahead of Earth Day and March for Science

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Urban Greening Programs = Less Crime, Expert Available to Comment

– Michigan State University

Climate Change Expert Kathleen Halvorsen Is Critical of President Trump's Executive Order Rescinding Climate Change/Carbon Emissions Regulations

– Michigan Technological University

How Meat Reduction One Day a Week Can Help Save Our Earth: Experts From Johns Hopkins CLF Available for Interviews for Earth Month

– Monday Campaigns


Two in the Pack: No Changes for Isle Royale Wolves

Researchers from Michigan Technological University have released the annual Winter Study detailing updates on the ecology of Isle Royale National Park.

– Michigan Technological University

Embargo expired on 18-Apr-2017 at 08:00 ET

Science Fiction Horror Wriggles Into Reality with Discovery of Giant Sulfur-Powered Shipworm

Our world seems to grow smaller by the day as biodiversity rapidly dwindles, but Mother Earth still has a surprise or two up her sleeve. An international team of researchers were the first to investigate a never before studied species a giant, black...

– University of Utah Health

PNAS; U19TW008163; 1442759; DE-AC02-05CH11231

Embargo expired on 17-Apr-2017 at 15:00 ET

As Fins Evolve to Help Fish Swim, So Does the Nervous System

The sensory system in fish fins evolves in parallel to fin shape and mechanics, and is specifically tuned to work with the fish’s swimming behavior, according to new research from the University of Chicago. The researchers found these parallels acr...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

PNAS, April 2017

Embargo expired on 10-Apr-2017 at 15:00 ET

Forget Sponges: The Earliest Animals Were Marine Jellies

One of the longest-running controversies in evolutionary biology has been, “What was the oldest branch of the animal family tree?” Was it the sponges, as had long been thought, or was it the delicate marine predators called comb jellies? A powerf...

– Vanderbilt University

Nature Ecology & Evolution (10Apr2017)

Embargo expired on 10-Apr-2017 at 11:00 ET

Arizona Ecologist Leads Effort to Quantify Economic Value of Biodiversity

A collaboration of scientists, led by Northern Arizona University professor Bruce Hungate, has created a model to measure the dollars saved by having healthy and diverse ecosystems.

– Northern Arizona University

Science Advances

Embargo expired on 05-Apr-2017 at 14:00 ET

Experts Plan Conservation Roadmap for Shark and Ray Hotspot

Marine experts and conservationists have produced a status report and roadmap for protecting sharks and rays in the southwest Indian Ocean, one of the last remaining strongholds for these ancient creatures in the world’s oceans.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Plant Scientists Identify Aphid-Destroying Wasps in Cup Plants

A photo of a cup plant teaming with insects led a better understanding of the biology of Acanthocaudus wasps which inject their eggs into aphids that eat the plant. The adult wasps burst out of the aphids like an alien movie.

– South Dakota State University

Zootaxa, January 2017

How to Color a Lizard: From Biology to Mathematics

A multidisciplinary team of biologists, physicists and computer scientists lead by Michel Milinkovitch, professor at the Department of Genetics and Evolution of the UNIGE Faculty of Science, Switzerland and Group Leader at the SIB Swiss Institute of ...

– Université de Genève (University of Geneva)


New Many-Toothed Clingfish Discovered with Help of Digital Scans

A set of curious researchers, state-of-the-art visual technology and a bit of good luck helped find a new fish whose tooth collection could put a shark to shame.

– University of Washington


Egg Hunt -- Scientists Discover Eggs of One of World's Most Endangered Turtles


– Wildlife Conservation Society

Black-Footed Ferrets, Courtship of Jumping Spiders, Decline in Hemlock Forests, and More in the Wildlife News Source

The latest research and features on ecology and wildlife.

– Newswise

Male Jumping Spiders Court Whomever, Whenever; Females Decide Who Lives, Dies

Male jumping spiders will try to mate with any female, but that lack of discretion could cost them their lives, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Eugene Odum: The Father of Modern Ecology

A feature story on Eugene Odum, widely considered the father of modern ecology, who pioneered the study of ecosystems.

– University of Georgia

WIU Graduate Student Combines Research with Multi-Agency Duck Banding Project

The opportunities offered by Western Illinois University's Kibbe Life Science Station in Warsaw, IL, are drawing students and natural resource professionals to the region for a chance to learn more about the migration and health of ducks.

– Western Illinois University

Scientists Need Your Help in First-Ever Census of Weddell Seals

Scientists are asking for the public’s help to look through thousands of satellite images of Antarctica in the first-ever, comprehensive count of Weddell seals. Documenting the seals’ population trends over time will help scientists better unders...

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering


Cover, Crimp, Cultivate?

Can organic growers fight weeds and increase soil health? To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. But it takes heavy tractors to efficiently turn soil and rip out weeds, compressing the soil. And after a field is t...

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Agronomy Journal, February 9, 2017

Embargo expired on 05-Apr-2017 at 12:00 ET

A Better Way to Manage Phosphorus?

A new project proposes a restructured index to build on phosphorus management efforts in farm fields in New York state and beyond. The new index structure improves upon previous approaches. It focuses on the existing risk of phosphorus runoff from a ...

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Journal of Environmental Quality, March 2, 2017

Danforth Center Scientists Discover Gene that Influences Grain Yield

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have discovered a gene that influences grain yield in grasses related to food crops.

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Nature Plants April-2017

The Problem Expands for Avocado Growers: More Beetle Species Carry Deadly Fungus

Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida. Then scientists found out that the redbay ambrosia beetle -- originally determined to tr...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Control Pest Fungi in an Environmentally Friendly Way

The St. Gallen-based Empa biotech spin-off, MycoSolutions AG, has developed a new fungal product that improves the soil and controls pest fungi in an environmentally friendly way. Wooden poles remain in use much longer, leading to cost savings of mil...

– Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology


Bumblebees Boost Blueberry Yield

This good news comes as Florida growers head into the heart of blueberry season.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Set Strawberry Alarm Clock for Post-Apple Bloom

Growers who time their strawberries to bloom just after apples do can reap a better harvest, according to new Cornell University research.

– Cornell University

Set Strawberry Alarm Clock for Post-Apple Bloom

Growers who time their strawberries to bloom just after apples do, can reap a better harvest, according to new research.

– Cornell University

Biochar Provides High-Definition Electron Pathways in Soil

Cornell University scientists have discovered a new high-definition system that allows electrons to travel through soil farther and more efficiently than previously thought.

– Cornell University

INRA Joins Phytobiomes Alliance

The International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research (Phytobiomes Alliance) announces that the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has joined the organization as a sponsoring partner.

– International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research

Edison Agrosciences Licenses Technology From the Danforth Center

Edison Agrosciences has licensed technology from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to enhance its ability to identify high-value gene candidates to improve natural rubber content in crops.

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Delectable Delights Highlight Flavors of Florida

UF/IFAS scientists toil for years creating and enhancing many of the foods we consume and plants we enjoy. When it comes to plant breeding, UF/IFAS is a global leader. In fact, UF/IFAS is ranked as a top-10 horticulture program in the 2017 Center for...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Student Develops Device to Improve Cattle Grazing, Partners with Aggie Innovation Space

New Mexico State University Department of Animal and Range sciences junior Josiah Brooks is creating a feed intake device for cattle, and he is working with the Aggie Innovation Space to design and develop parts for a prototype.

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Agronomy Feeds the World Videos Created

Agronomy is the study of crop and soil science – important in delivering food from farm to table. But most people don’t know the word. And most agronomists – the scientists working in the field of agronomy – find their complicated jobs hard t...

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Sleeping Soils Get a Wake Up Call

Ever heard of a bed that gets tired? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) April 1 Soils Matter blog post explains how to wake up raised garden bed soils and keep them healthy.

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Danforth Center Scientist Receives Awards From American Society of Plant Biologists

ASPB named Blake Meyers, Ph.D. as the recipient of the Charles Albert Shull Award for outstanding contributions in the field of plant biology.

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center


Chesapeake Bay Pollution Extends to Early 19th Century

Humans began measurably and negatively impacting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay in the first half of the 19th century, according to a study of eastern oysters by researchers at The University of Alabama.

– University of Alabama

Scientific Reports

Track Down Water Pollution Through DNA of Algae

The degree of pollution of rivers resulting from human activities is assessed using different biotic indices. The latter reflect the ecological status of a river based on the quantity and diversity of organisms selected as bioindicators, due to their...

– Université de Genève (University of Geneva)

UWM Awarded $2.3 Million to Study Autism/Air Pollution Connection

Recent studies have implicated air pollution from vehicles as playing a role in whether exposed infants develop autism. Now a UWM scientist will try to uncover how the developing brain is affected by these chemicals and whether they also lead to chil...

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee





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