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
Invasive weed allegedly developed some adaptability to glyphosate thus reducing its effectiveness. Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research InstituteFWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

What if invasive weeds were winning the war against glyphosate?

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That's the hypothesis of an American study: in soils treated with glyphosate, plants targeted for eradication are spreading again. A phenomenon that dampens the enthusiasm that has partly surrounded the controversial herbicide since its launch
Adding calcium to the soil changes the microbial community and the way it processes organic matter Photo: fdecomite CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Genericfdecomite CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Calcium is the soil’s secret weapon against CO2 leakage

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Addition of calcium to soil promotes sequestration and increase in organic matter. A Canadian study provides new insights for maintaining and improving soil quality while mitigating climate change
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Centennial IUSS 2024, Re Soil selects keynote speakers on agriculture and bioeconomy

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One more month to submit your abstracts in the session sponsored by Re Soil Foundation at the IUSS 2024 International Union of Soil Sciences congress in May
Le colture di copertura permettono di limitare la perdita di carbonio negli oliveti mediterranei che presentano alti tassi di erosione. Foto: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

In olive groves, cover crops reduce carbon loss by 76%

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University of Córdoba study: use of these crops reduces soil carbon loss in Mediterranean olive groves by more than 75 percent
In agricultural systems based on the contribution of rainfall, the ability of the soil to retain water is decisive in providing adequate yields: Photo: John Sutton CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 GenericJohn Sutton CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

FAO: the future of agriculture is linked to the water-soil relationship

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Managing soil water in an effective way is a key condition for developing agriculture capable of meeting global demand under the scenario of climate change, FAO notes
Earthworms help create healthy soils by promoting plant growth and contributing to the transformation of organic matter. Photo: USDA NRCS Montana public domainPhoto: USDA NRCS Montana public domain

Earthworms play a critical role in global food production

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According to a University of Colorado study, earthworms contribute about 6.5 percent of global grain production and 2.3 percent of legume production. Totaling more than 140 million tons per year
In the Corn Belt, where the majority of U.S. agricultural production is concentrated, climate change is set to impact agricultural yields. Photo: Steven Martin Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Photo: Steven Martin Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This is how climate change will alter U.S. agriculture

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Climate change is set to impact agricultural yields in the U.S. Midwest, a study by the University of Connecticut says. "Data suggest a 12 percent decrease in corn yields by around 2050 and 40 percent by the end of the century"