Tag: soil science

Soil science is the study of soil as a natural resource on the surface of the Earth including soil formation, classification and mapping; physical, chemical, biological, and fertility properties of soils; and these properties in relation to the use and management of soils.

Solutions for Healthy Soil

Solutions for Healthy Soil

It’s an entertaining and yet shocking pastime to read vintage advertisements. Today, we shake our heads in amazement at bygone celebrities who extol the relaxing and “digestive benefits” promised by smoking a particular brand of cigarette, at manufacturers who quaintly promote a children’s “lead party” with their paint icons, and

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

Healthy Soils

Healthy Soils

It’s an entertaining and yet shocking pastime to read vintage advertisements. Today, we shake our heads in amazement at bygone celebrities who extol the relaxing and “digestive benefits” promised by smoking a particular brand of cigarette, at manufacturers who quaintly promote a children’s “lead party” with their paint icons, and

The Slow Dissolve

The Slow Dissolve

The Haber process, a means of converting nitrogen in the atmosphere into ammonia, has, among other things, allowed us to produce commercial fertilizer on a tremendous scale. Developed in the early 1900s, it was a game-changing invention that has been responsible for increases in food production worldwide. In 1900, the

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

PNNL Supports White House Efforts on Soil

PNNL Supports White House Efforts on Soil

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Earth’s soil is a very active but poorly understood ecosystem right beneath our feet. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has two ongoing research efforts exploring the properties of this important — but oft-overlooked — system. The research, involving a range of diverse projects

Reader Profile: Lori Belz

Reader Profile: Lori Belz

Lori Belz spends a great deal of her work time along the highways and other roads of Minnesota, trying to gauge the best approach to erosion control. One of the more interesting research projects in which she has been involved was in bioengineering, trying to stabilize slopes along Minnesota highways

Urban Gardeners Can Take Simple Precautions to Avoid Contaminants

Urban Gardeners Can Take Simple Precautions to Avoid Contaminants

May 14, 2015 – Green thumbs, do not fret. Pockets of soil in urban areas are still available for the increasingly popular practice of urban gardening.

And while the proximity of these soils to pollution and industry can increase levels of contamination by harmful compounds, some scientists have found that the

Grant Funds Research on Use of Treated Wastewater for Crops

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 23, 2015 – Researchers at the University of California, Riverside and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem have launched a two-year study of the use of treated wastewater in agriculture, a study they hope will lead to viable and cost-effective regional water reuse policies. Kurt Schwabe, associate professor

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