Environment


cleaning course roots for measurements
January 15, 2014

Urban trees provide many benefits for city-dwellers. They filter air, manage stormwater, store carbon, and buffer temperatures while providing a...

An image from a CT scan of a soil core
January 06, 2014

The large, air-filled spaces, or “macropores,” in untilled soil often resemble the branching vessels of the human circulatory system...

Hands holding soil and plant roots
November 21, 2013

With estimates of the world population reaching nine billion by 2050, an increase in food production will become vital. There are limited...

Lake Superior in winter
October 31, 2013

Agriculture is one of the most insatiable consumers of dwindling water resources around the world. And food production will need to increase by...

Wastewater treatment plant
October 03, 2013

Most people equate antibiotic resistance with the medical field. But antibiotic resistance is also in our soils. And the field of agriculture...

earthworms
September 25, 2013

Earthworms are a welcomed sight in many gardens and yards since they can improve soil structure and mixing. But they are hard to find in the...

Garden in city yard
September 05, 2013

On July 4, 1866 in Portland, ME, an errant firework sparked a fire in an empty boat house. That fire spread, and when the night was over, more...

August 28, 2013

Leaving a buffer strip of uncultivated land next to streams is a proven way to keep nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers on farms from running...

July 08, 2013

In many ways, the evolution of Chinese agriculture over the past 40 years is a remarkable success story. Spurred by investments in research and...