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Article ID: 559002

It’s Not Just Dirt!

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

A collaborative project by soil science and earth science teachers explored the development and dissemination of soil e-lessons. By harnessing technology, the instructors created learning tools that could reach beyond their classroom walls to teach other students and public audiences about soils as well.

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25-Nov-2009 10:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 558930

After Landslides, Soil Carbon Storage Recovers Rapidly

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have investigated carbon and nitrogen accumulation in soils formed on debris flows in a coniferous forest in southern California. Soil formation was studied using a space-for-time substitution, in which debris flows of various ages were used to approximate soil formation over time.

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23-Nov-2009 11:15 AM EST

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Article ID: 558931

Switchgrass Produces Biomass Efficiently

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

A recent study concluded that 50 million U.S. acres of cropland and pasture could be used for the production of perennial grasses, such as switchgrass, for biofuel feedstock. Economically viable production of a perennial grass monoculture from which substantial quantities of biomass are removed annually is expected to require nitrogen fertilizer.

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23-Nov-2009 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 558851

New Map of Variation in Maize Genetics Holds Promise for Developing New Varieties

Cornell University

A new study of maize has identified thousands of diverse genes in genetically inaccessible portions of the genome. New techniques may allow breeders and researchers to use this genetic variation to identify desirable traits and create new varieties that were not easily possible before.

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19-Nov-2009 4:20 PM EST
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Article ID: 558847

Researchers Pioneer New Approach to Assist Scientists, Farmers

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Sustainable farming, initially adopted to preserve soil quality for future generations, may also play a role in maintaining a healthy climate, according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Los Alamos national laboratories.

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19-Nov-2009 2:40 PM EST
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Article ID: 558679

Like Humans, Ants Use Bacteria to Make Their Gardens Grow

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leaf-cutter ants, which cultivate fungus for food, have many remarkable qualities.

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16-Nov-2009 2:00 PM EST
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    19-Nov-2009 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 558662

Amaizing: Corn Genome Decoded

Washington University in St. Louis

In recent years, scientists have decoded the DNA of humans and a menagerie of creatures but none with genes as complex as a stalk of corn, the latest genome to be unraveled. A team of scientists led by The Genome Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis published the completed corn genome in the Nov. 20 journal Science, an accomplishment that will speed efforts to develop better crop varieties to meet the world’s growing demands for food, livestock feed and fuel.

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16-Nov-2009 11:40 AM EST
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Article ID: 558817

Why Israeli Rodents Are More Cautious than Jordanian Ones

University of Haifa

A series of studies carried out at the University of Haifa have found that rodent, reptile and ant lion species behave differently on either side of the Israel-Jordan border.

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19-Nov-2009 9:00 AM EST
Newswise: Horticulture Professor Develops Sustainable Landscaping Website; Uses Internet Instead of Textbook

Article ID: 558747

Horticulture Professor Develops Sustainable Landscaping Website; Uses Internet Instead of Textbook

Western Illinois University

New website on sustainable landscaping developed by WIU horticulture professor addresses a rapidly evolving area responding to environmental issues, including global climate change. This new instructional tool and content-rich website helps deliver the information people need to make informed choices.

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17-Nov-2009 3:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 558696

Soil Experts to Discuss Terroir, the Link between Earth and Wine on Nov. 19 in DC

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

A Congressional educational briefing and wine tasting Nov. 19 in Washington, DC, will shed light on how the balance of vineyard management and site selection blend together to provide distinctive grapes which can allow for unique wine characteristics.

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16-Nov-2009 5:00 PM EST

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