Per comprendere l’effetto del clima sui microbi i ricercatori hanno esaminato una prateria subartica in Islanda soggetta, da oltre mezzo secolo, al riscaldamento geotermico. Foto: Christina Kaiser Universität Wien Press ReleaseChristina Kaiser Universität Wien Press Release

Diversity of soil microbes increases with climate change

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A study from the University of Vienna brings new insights into the microbiome-climate cycle in the soil. Higher temperatures activate dormant bacteria, scientists explain
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
Bacteria were detected in soils of the Franz Joseph Land archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Photo: Wofratz CC BY-SA 2.5 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 GenericPhoto: Wofratz CC BY-SA 2.5 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic

Cold-resistant bacteria can degrade oil in the Arctic

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The Russian study: some bacteria decompose biopolymers and hydrocarbons and convert phosphates into soluble forms. In this way they contribute to the decontamination of permafrost
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
In eastern U.S. forests, trees cool the land surface by 1-2°C per year compared to nearby grasslands and agricultural fields. Photo: Miguel.v CC0 1.0 DEED CC0 1.0 UniversalMiguel.v CC0 1.0 DEED CC0 1.0 Universal

Reforestation curbed climate change in the eastern U.S.

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Reforestation that began in the 1930s was able to mitigate the effect of climate, explains an Indiana University study. Trees cooled the eastern U.S. while the rest of the country became warmer
Summer soil moisture increased in 57 percent of the continental United States between 2011 and 2020. Photo: Carl Wycoff CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericCarl Wycoff CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Soil moisture rises despite climate change

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Precipitation, not temperature, explains soil moisture trends, a Harvard University study has found. It is critical to improve forecasts of long-term changes in rainfall in response to climate change
Scientists have long studied the ability of legumes to fix nitrogen in the soil. Photo: pfeifferichard0 free to use Pixabay Content licensepfeifferichard0 free to use Pixabay Content license

Legumes can offer a solution for sustainable agriculture

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Crucial is the ability of legumes to fix nitrogen, an essential element for ensuring soil productivity. In Cambridge, a team of researchers is studying this dynamic to understand how to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers
The initiative targets multiple soil professionals from Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Spain and France. Photo: PREPSOILprepsoil

Prepsoil survey reveals knowledge of soil health among stakeholders

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There is time until Feb. 29 to participate in the soil health knowledge survey launched by PREPSOIL, the project funded by the Horizon Europe program
Arctic areas of the Siberian taiga in northern Russia are no longer represented in the INTERACT project's monitoring system. Photo: Lyudmila LebedevaCC BY-NC-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 UnportedLyudmila LebedevaCC BY-NC-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

Lack of data from Russia puts Arctic climate study at risk

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After the invasion of Ukraine, communications between Arctic stations in Russia and those located in Western countries broke down. And not without consequences, says a Danish study
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