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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
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
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
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
Adding biosolids to conventional fertilizers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve soil quality, according to a Canadian study. Photo: Jeffrey Beall CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Jeffrey Beall CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

New soil fertilizers can be made from pulp waste

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Adding biosolids to conventional fertilizers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve soil quality, according to a Canadian study. A circular solution that is good for plants and the environment
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