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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...

Cedar plantation
June 10, 2015

Most of us don’t consider forests a source of pollution. As natural bodies, they should be good for the environment. But a recent study in...

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...

The liquefaction experiment starts by stirring water into soil.
May 21, 2015

Have you considered what might happen to your house during a liquefaction event? Sixth-grader Joshua Miller has.

When it comes to...