Climate


Mature faba bean plants with contrasting height and pod production
April 06, 2016

What bean has double the protein of wheat, triple that of rice, and also contains beneficial amino acids, B-vitamins, and micronutrients? The...

Bean seeds in Zambia marketplace
January 27, 2016

The story of the Andean bean is, in a way, similar to that of the Princess and the Pea. However, in this tale, the Princess is global food...

January 20, 2016

The climate shifts. Government politics innovate. The workforce ages. Throughout, changes in how land is used are inevitable. Those that work the...

Grassland test plot to measure climate effect on microbes and carbon
December 16, 2015

There’s more to an ecosystem than the visible plants and animals. The soil underneath is alive with vital microbes. They make sure nutrients...

Burr oak tree in Morton Arboretum
October 14, 2015

In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Quality, several tree species were better than others at removing storm water from bioswales...

Measuring Sierra Nevada groundwater
August 19, 2015

Most of us have strong opinions about snow during the winter. For some, it’s a curse. Others enjoy the recreation...

Comparing rice plants
July 08, 2015

Recent research (and commercials) tell us probiotic products...

turfgrass in field
June 24, 2015

Plants need water. People need water. Unfortunately, there’s only so much clean water to go around — and so the effort begins to find...

Pastured cattle
June 04, 2015

Soil is the foundation of agriculture. When soil is healthy, growers are able to grow nutritious foods with good yields. However, keeping soils...

May 28, 2015

In the United States, federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led to a growing debate: Should fuel or food...