A good irrigation strategy is crucial as the increasing frequency of extreme events favors floods and droughts. Photo: Global Water Forum CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

In northern China, spring irrigation mitigates effects of heat waves

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Combination of spring and summer irrigation "reduces the frequency and intensity of extreme heat events by 6.5 days and 1°C," according to a Chinese study
Researchers developed and tested a new restoration method in Shandong and Heilongjiang provinces in northern China. Photo: Jay Fang CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 UnportedJay Fang CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

Researchers in China propose a new solution for saline-alkaline soils

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For more than a decade, a group of researchers in China has been developing a restoration method based on planting crop stems that prevent salt from rising to the surface, writes the South China Morning Post
Potassium is an essential soil nutrient. Photo: International Potash Institute Switzerland CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericInternational Potash Institute Switzerland CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Potassium loss is a global threat: here are six actions to counter it

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Twenty percent of the world's farmland has severe potassium deficiency. A study from Europe proposes a mix of strategies to protect food security
Ants may be perfect candidates for providing useful insights into crop impacts. Photo: Poranimm Athithawatthee Pexels Free to UsePhoto: Poranimm Athithawatthee Pexels Free to Use

Ants offer new guidance on biodiversity in biofuel crops

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Effects on the communities of ants are one example of the consequences of energy policies and subsequent land use change, a study from U.S. has found
Nanopesticides were developed to ensure efficient distribution and lower environmental impact than traditional products. Photo: Aqua Mechanical CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericAqua Mechanical CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

“Further investigation is needed on nanopesticides,” Dutch researchers say

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According to four scientists at Leiden University, current assessments of nanopesticides do not take into account some problems related to their use
Historical yield study involved ten corn and soybean fields in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, in the agricultural region of the American Midwest.Photo: Dwight Burdette CC BY 3.0 DEED Attribution 3.0 UnportedDwight Burdette CC BY 3.0 DEED Attribution 3.0 Unported

Crop yield history reveals details of soil health

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A study by the University of Michigan reveals the link between agricultural yield and soil quality. Using a new metric, key information can be obtained to plan agricultural strategies while reducing environmental impact
Strategies such as extending the lifespan of infrastructure and recycling waste with subsequent transformation into inputs enable urban agriculture to largely reduce its climate impact. Credit: ©2015CIAT/GeorginaSmith CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic©2015CIAT/GeorginaSmith CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Urban agriculture generates an excessive carbon footprint. Here’s how to avoid it

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Agriculture developed in urban spaces can have six times the climate impact of traditional agriculture, explains a University of Michigan study. Some tricks, however, make it possible to solve the problem
Tropical areas are more at risk in terms of the impact of agricultural deforestation on bird biodiversity. Photo: Alyssa Crouse Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain DedicationAlyssa Crouse Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

The impact of agricultural deforestation on biodiversity is not the same everywhere

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Some features promote the resilience of certain species to the effects of deforestation, a Peking University study has found. But biodiversity conservation is also affected by local agricultural history
During flood events, cover crops reduce the release of nitrate and phosphorus from the soil. SSGT Paul Griffin Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic FilesPaul Griffin Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Cover crops are a barrier against agriculture-based pollution

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According to a U.S. study, the application of cover crops on a share of cultivated land reduces the maximum concentration of ammonia and phosphorus by more than 30 percent. Whose accumulation is favored by floods
Irrigation absorbs 88 percent of all fresh water consumed on a global scale. Photo: USDA PDM 1.0 DEED Public Domain Mark 1.0 UniversalUSDA PDM 1.0 DEED Public Domain Mark 1.0 Universal

Optimizing crop combinations can alleviate water shortages

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A study highlights how water scarcity can be solved in the U.S. six major river basins. Shifting to less water-intensive crops that still provide adequate incomes for farmers is crucial