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Biking through village in Ethiopia
September 09, 2015

Paul Porter likes to bicycle. He also likes to explore different teaching methods. So for three semesters, Porter, a professor in the College of...

Checking sediment collection traps
September 02, 2015

You may have noticed that after a heavy rainstorm, creeks and rivers often turn the color of chocolate milk. That cloudy brown color is caused by...

Cypress trees in Garcia Lorca Park, Spain.
August 26, 2015

Ah-choo! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re probably sick of this refrain. And you’re not alone. Millions of Americans...

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...

Maria Elena Grimmett at her make-shift lab
July 29, 2015

Remember the science fair?

For some of us it was an exciting time of creative experimentation. For others it was a time of botched and...

Water infiltration measurements in field
July 22, 2015

How does style of tilling make a difference in crop success? The blades on a till don’t simply chop up soil and move it around. They blend...

Comparing rice plants
July 08, 2015

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

Soil sample with plant matter and fungi
July 01, 2015

As we walk along a forest path, the soil beneath our feet seems like a uniform substance. However, it is an intricate network of soil particles,...

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...

Harvesting switchgrass for analysis
June 17, 2015

Using switchgrass to produce biofuel is one way to decrease the United States’ dependence on oil, but growing it and making it profitable...