Featured


Collecting soil samples from Penn State University Living Filter
March 02, 2016

What would you do without water?

Farmers in drought areas are especially concerned by this question. As fresh water resources become...

Dried bean pods from upright pinto
February 17, 2016

Pinto beans are the most common type of bean cultivated in the United States, accounting for more than a third of all edible, dry bean production...

Collecting soil from empty lots on Chicago's South Side.
February 10, 2016

Four empty lots in Chicago’s South Side bear scars of the past. Their surfaces are strewn with construction debris and foundation rubble....

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...

Faba bean field near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
January 06, 2016

Nitrogen fixation is one of the best examples of cooperation in nature. Soil microbes – naturally occurring bacteria in the soil –...

December 23, 2015

The emphasis on "going green" in cities has led to a number of environmentally-friendly initiatives. But Sally Brown, a Professor at 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...

December 09, 2015

Every city has abandoned industrial sites. Encouraging life to return to these barren areas is a challenge. It requires a healthy topsoil for...

Street tree biofiltration in Melbourne, Australia
November 25, 2015

Urban environments Down Under aren’t all that different than those in the United States....