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Researchers explore an often ignored source of greenhouse gas

ScienceDaily: Organic Farming News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:04
Researchers have discovered a surprising new source of carbon dioxide emissions -- bicarbonates hidden in the lake water used to irrigate local orchards.

Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent

ScienceDaily: Organic Farming News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 19:23
A team has found that early spring rainfall warms up a thawing permafrost bog in Alaska and promotes the growth of plants and methane-producing microbes.

Common policy premise on link between soil and crop yield is valid -- to a point

ScienceDaily: Organic Farming News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 16:53
While policymakers often tout the benefits of increasing soil organic matter as a way to boost agricultural yield, there is limited evidence that this strategy actually works. A new study quantifies this relationship, finding that greater concentrations of organic matter indeed produce greater yields -- but only to a certain point.

Farm manure boosts greenhouse gas emissions -- even in winter

ScienceDaily: Organic Farming News - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:28
Researchers have shown, for the first time, that manure used to fertilize croplands in spring and summer can dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions in winter. While it's known that farmers' decisions to add nutrients to their fields affects greenhouse gas emissions during the growing season, the study is the first to show that these choices have long-lasting effects, especially as winters warm and soils thaw more frequently.

When 'alien' insects attack Antartica

ScienceDaily: Organic Farming News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 12:58
Of the known alien (non-native) species found in Antarctica, a non-biting species of midge currently presents one of the highest risks to terrestrial ecosystems, researchers have found.

Organic food worse for the climate?

ScienceDaily: Organic Farming News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:13
Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required, a new study finds.

Historical climate important for soil responses to future climate change

ScienceDaily: Organic Farming News - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:43
Researchers examined how 18 years of drought affect the billions of vital bacteria that are hidden in the soil beneath our feet. The results show that this type of extreme weather determines how soils respond to future climate change.

Soil compound fights chronic wasting disease

ScienceDaily: Organic Farming News - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 19:24
A major compound in soil organic matter degrades chronic wasting disease prions and decreases infectivity in mice, according to a new study.

Six feet under, a new approach to global warming

ScienceDaily: Organic Farming News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 17:33
A researcher has found that one-fourth of the carbon held by soil is bound to minerals as far as six feet below the surface. The discovery opens a new possibility for dealing with the element as it continues to warm the Earth's atmosphere. One hitch: Most of that carbon is concentrated deep beneath the world's wet forests, and they won't sequester as much as global temperatures continue to rise.
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