China's southern forests contribute to the accumulation of more than half of the organic carbon stored in the country's forest ecosystem. Photo: 揭英明 CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 UnportedPhoto: 揭英明 CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

How organic carbon accumulates in acidified forest soils

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A study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences reveals how forest soil acidification promotes both mineral protection and plant-derived carbon accumulation
Mountain meadows are one of the largest sinks of soil organic carbon in Central Europe. Photo: crash71100 CC0 1.0 DEED CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain DedicationPhoto: crash71100 CC0 1.0 DEED CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

Mountain meadows are threatened by climate change

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Rising temperatures drives the loss of humus in mountain meadows and, with it, the release of CO2 into the atmosphere. This is reported in a study by the Technical University of Munich
Bees, both domestic and wild, play a crucial role in pollinating 70 percent of the Planet's plant species and contribute 35 percent of global food production. Photo: Rhododendrites CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalPhoto: Rhododendrites CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

A step forward in the fight of bees against mites

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Canadian study provides new details on the interaction between bees in their post larval stage and the Varroa destructor, a mite capable of destroying up to 40 percent of pollinator colonies each year
The reviewed projects affect 3.4 million hectares of land in the interior drylands of Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia where forest cover has increased by just 0.8 percent. Photo: John Robert McPherson CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalJohn Robert McPherson CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Forest regeneration in Australia does not influence CO2 sequestration

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A study shows that restoration projects implemented in Australia have had a negligible impact on tree cover. A finding that openly questions the effectiveness of the national carbon market
In the state of Assan in northeastern India, erosion affects nearly 300 square kilometers of topsoil, or 31 percent of the total. Photo: Akarsh Simha CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 GenericPhoto: Akarsh Simha CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

In India, 30 percent of the soil is at risk of erosion

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A study illustrates for the first time the extent of the phenomenon in India. For 3 percent of the area, the situation is defined as "catastrophic" according to the new classification
Thousand-year-old cedar trees on Yakushima Island, Japan, feature crown soils rich in biodiversity. Photo: KimonBerlin CC BY-SA 2.0 DEEDKimonBerlin CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED

In canopy soils there is an undiscovered biodiversity

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A Japanese study highlights the variety of invertebrate species found in canopy soils, the soils created through the transformation of organic matter on branches
When they ecosystems do not have enough time to recover before another drought or fire they may suffer permanent damage. Photo: Russ Allison Loar CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 GenericPhoto: Russ Allison Loar CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Drought alters post-fire recovery in the U.S.

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NASA satellite data reveal how drought has hampered recovery from wildfires in the western United States, resulting in the risk of creating permanent soil damage
The study on microbes was based on an analysis of previous research conducted in the Caatinga forest in eastern Brazil. Photo: Cesar Coelho CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalCesar Coelho CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Return of microbes certifies soil restoration in Brazil

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A study highlights the recovery of microbial diversity in regenerated semi-arid areas in Brazil. Thus confirming the validity of soil regeneration techniques
Microbes may be a viable solution to managing desertification. Photo: Richard Allaway CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericPhoto: Richard Allaway CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Microbes are a key resource for slowing desertification

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Chinese investigation shows how microbes play a relevant role in countering desertification through their ability to manage essential soil nutrients
The survey on the effect of biodiversity in countering exotic species was arealized in Chapada dos Veados National Park, west-central Brazil. Photo: Eliane de Castro CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalEliane de Castro CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

When restoring ecosystems, biodiversity is the key

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Brazilian study highlights how the use of increased biodiversity of reintroduced species in restoration areas limits the colonization of invasive species