Tag: root system

A developed system of roots.The network of underground roots and other plant structures found below ground level.

Managing for Drought

Managing for Drought

The mania for a green lawn, or in some cases green anything, across many regions of the US has been quelled by recent droughts (thankfully now abating). Even long before water meters were spinning at record rates for golf resorts, private homes, and corporate campuses, scientists have been devising technologies

The Science of Seeds

The Science of Seeds

Remember how 10 blindfolded people in a room each describe the elephant from their own perspective? The same might be said of soil—the stuff we interchangeably refer to as ground, dirt, or surface covering. Eric C. Brevik, a professor of soil science at Dickinson State University in North Dakota, illustrates

Wildfires: Challenges in Revegetation

Wildfires: Challenges in Revegetation

It was the setting for a perfect disaster: historic level droughts, acres of dry forest and grassland, huge reserves of dead wood fuel, and a hurricane that sucked any moisture from the air. Locals said it was just “powder-keg dry.” Implementing a revegetation plan after a wildfire is a challenge;

Revegetation After a Wildfire

Revegetation After a Wildfire

It was the setting for a perfect disaster: historic level droughts, acres of dry forest and grassland, huge reserves of dead wood fuel, and a hurricane that sucked any moisture from the air. Locals said it was just “powder-keg dry.”

“All it needed was an ignition source,” recalls Daniel Lewis, staff

Wildfires: Challenges in Revegetation

Wildfires: Challenges in Revegetation

It was the setting for a perfect disaster: historic level droughts, acres of dry forest and grassland, huge reserves of dead wood fuel, and a hurricane that sucked any moisture from the air. Locals said it was just “powder-keg dry.”

“All it needed was an ignition source,” recalls Daniel Lewis, staff

Coir Logs and Wattles for Bank and Shoreline Erosion

Coir Logs and Wattles for Bank and Shoreline Erosion

ocated near the “elbow” of Cape Cod, the small town of Orleans, MA, is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Cape Cod Bay. It is home to some 6,000 residents.

The property of one of those residents had suffered a substantial streambank collapse, and

Cover Crops: Making a Comeback

Cover Crops: Making a Comeback

Although the practice of using cover crops on agricultural fields after a harvest is thousands of years old, it’s been largely displaced by modern chemistry. Cover crops were common in ancient China, India, Rome, and northern Europe. They were once used in North America—and still are, or are being used

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