Spatial distribution of pores helps determine where carbon is stored in the soil

Journal Reference: Steffen Schlüter, Frederic Leuther, Lukas Albrecht, Carmen Hoeschen, Rüdiger Kilian, Ronny Surey, Robert Mikutta, Klaus Kaiser, Carsten W. Mueller, Hans-Jörg Vogel. Microscale carbon distribution around pores and particulate organic matter varies with soil moisture regime. Nature Communications, 2022; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-29605-w In the public debate on climate protection, the importance of soil … Read more

Scientists demonstrate that some tropical plants have potential to remove toxic heavy metals from the soil

Journal Reference: Yamin Wang, Swee Ngin Tan, Mohamed Lokman Mohd Yusof, Subhadip Ghosh, Yeng Ming Lam. Assessment of heavy metal and metalloid levels and screening potential of tropical plant species for phytoremediation in Singapore. Environmental Pollution, 2022; 295: 118681 DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.118681 Phytoremediation is the use of plants to extract and store contaminants from soil. As … Read more

The pleasant smell of wet soil indicates danger to bacteria-eating worms, researchers find

Journal Reference: Liana Zaroubi, Imge Ozugergin, Karina Mastronardi, Anic Imfeld, Chris Law, Yves Gélinas, Alisa Piekny, Brandon L. Findlay. The Ubiquitous Soil Terpene Geosmin Acts as a Warning Chemical. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2022; DOI: 10.1128/aem.00093-22 But as a new study just published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology points out, that smell also … Read more

Wax-coated sand keeps soil wet longer, improves crop yields in arid regions

Journal Reference: Adair Gallo, Kennedy Odokonyero, Magdi A. A. Mousa, Joel Reihmer, Samir Al-Mashharawi, Ramona Marasco, Edelberto Manalastas, Mitchell J. L. Morton, Daniele Daffonchio, Matthew F. McCabe, Mark Tester, Himanshu Mishra. Nature-Inspired Superhydrophobic Sand Mulches Increase Agricultural Productivity and Water-Use Efficiency in Arid Regions. ACS Agricultural Science & Technology, 2022; DOI: 10.1021/acsagscitech.1c00148 To irrigate crops, … Read more

Hyperspectral sensing and AI pave new path for monitoring soil carbon

Journal Reference: Sheng Wang, Kaiyu Guan, Chenhui Zhang, DoKyoung Lee, Andrew J. Margenot, Yufeng Ge, Jian Peng, Wang Zhou, Qu Zhou, Yizhi Huang. Using soil library hyperspectral reflectance and machine learning to predict soil organic carbon: Assessing potential of airborne and spaceborne optical soil sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2022; 271: 112914 DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2022.112914 Classically, … Read more

City trees and soil are sucking more carbon out of the atmosphere than previously thought

Journal Reference: Sarah M. Garvey, Pamela H. Templer, Erin A. Pierce, Andrew B. Reinmann, Lucy R. Hutyra. Diverging patterns at the forest edge: Soil respiration dynamics of fragmented forests in urban and rural areas. Global Change Biology, 2022; DOI: 10.1111/gcb.16099 Forests actually store more carbon dioxide than they release, which is great news for us: about … Read more

Risk of soil degradation and desertification in Europe’s Mediterranean may be more serious than realized

Risk of soil degradation and desertification in Europe’s Mediterranean may be more serious than realized – NovLink Home Mash M Risk of soil degradation and desertification in Europe’s Mediterranean may be more serious than realized We would like to say thanks to the author of this post for this amazing material Risk of soil degradation … Read more

Bioenergy sorghum’s roots can replenish carbon in soil

Journal Reference: Austin Lamb, Brock Weers, Brian McKinley, William Rooney, Cristine Morgan, Amy Marshall‐Colon, John Mullet. Bioenergy sorghum’s deep roots: A key to sustainable biomass production on annual cropland. GCB Bioenergy, 2021; DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12907 The study, “Bioenergy sorghum’s deep roots: A key to sustainable biomass production on annual cropland,” was recently published in GCB Bioenergy. … Read more

The Hitchhiker’s guide to the soil

Journal Reference: Xin You, René Kallies, Ingolf Kühn, Matthias Schmidt, Hauke Harms, Antonis Chatzinotas, Lukas Y. Wick. Phage co-transport with hyphal-riding bacteria fuels bacterial invasion in a water-unsaturated microbial model system. The ISME Journal, 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41396-021-01155-x There are up to one billion viruses in just one gram of soil. However, little is known about … Read more

Nitrogen’s impact on soil carbon sequestration

Journal Reference: Tanjila Jesmin, Dakota T. Mitchell, Richard L. Mulvaney. Short-Term Effect of Nitrogen Fertilization on Carbon Mineralization during Corn Residue Decomposition in Soil. Nitrogen, 2021; 2 (4): 444 DOI: 10.3390/nitrogen2040030 So why, despite decades of residue inputs, is soil organic carbon diminishing in corn production systems? Short answer: it’s the nitrogen. “With intensive nitrogen … Read more

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