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"Terra preta" ('black soil' in English) is found although in small amounts in the Amazon and is part of the macro category of so-called black soils, known for their fertility. Photo: Holger Casselmann Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Holger Casselmann Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The secret to Amazon regeneration lies in black soil

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According to Brazilian research, the valuable black soil found in parts of the Amazon retains unique characteristics that promote the rapid recovery of deforested land
Silicon protects canola from clubtroot, a disease that can reduce yields of this crop by 15 percent. Photo: Graham Richter Attribution-Share alike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Graham Richter Attribution-Share alike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Adding silicon to the soil protects canola from its pathogens

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According to a Canadian research, silicon, a widespread and cheap element, helps plants fight clubroot. But it also helps them withstand drought and extreme heat
Living labs are in fact essential tools for the development of good land management practices. PHOTO: Matteo BerlengaMatteo Berlenga

Three webinars help build living labs for soil health

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The initiative takes place within the European project NATI00NS. The three webinars, each with its own focus, are scheduled for June 22, June 29 and July 6. Common objective: to stimulate applications for EU Mission Soil calls and to develop Living Labs capable of developing repeatable actions in favor of soil health
Biofortification appears to be very effective in microgreens, referred to by researchers as "mature miniature plants." Photo: Penn State. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)Penn State. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Microgreens biofortification is a tool to counter malnutrition

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The biofortification process does work with smaller vegetables. According to Penn State University researchers,  soaking seeds in a zinc-based solution provides excellent results
Drip irrigation is a practice of great importance for smart agricultural management. Photo: H. Gomez/CIMMYT Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)H. Gomez/CIMMYT Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Algorithms drive irrigation in smart agriculture

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In an attempt to make irrigation more efficient, Stanford University has developed a new and more accurate system for calculating evapotranspiration. Measurement is shortened by 100 times
Carbon detection project takes place in Moosomin, in the southeastern area of the Canadian state of Saskatchewan. Photo: Jimmy Emerson Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Jimmy Emerson Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Canadian researchers start a soil carbon measurement project

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An annual project in the state of Saskatchewan will collect data on soil carbon occurrence. The goal is to assess soil effects and generate measurable and verifiable emission credits
India is the world's sixth largest producer of bauxite. Photo: Yercaud-elango Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Yercaud-elango Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

From India to Australia: the bauxite paradox

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In India, the mining of bauxite, a rock needed for aluminum production, takes land away from agriculture, producing permanent soil damage. But this same resource, paradoxically, may carry with it a solution
Biochar is especially useful in limiting the effects of soil salinization. A phenomenon which is prevalent in Bangladesh where about one-third of agricultural land is in coastal areas. Photo: CBFM-Fem Com Bangladesh Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Photo: CBFM-Fem Com Bangladesh Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Biochar provides relief for saline soils in Bangladesh

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Biochar promotes tomato crop yields in salt-affected soils, a research conducted in Bangladesh has found. Effects on carbon sequestration are also positive
The Gansu Province. Stretching from Central Asia to the northeast of the country, the desertification-prone region in China covers an area of more than 1.2 million km2. Photo: Robert Thomson Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)Robert Thomson Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

“China must change direction in its anti-desertification strategy”

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The actions promoted in China in the 21st century have reportedly produced limited benefits, a recent study finds. Among other things, Beijing's "Grain for Green" plan has decreased the incomes of farmers and herders. Other natural factors have mainly weighed on land regeneration
Il mercato dei crediti di carbonio può favorire l’afflusso di investimenti garantendo un sostegno decisivo ai coltivatori. Foto: Trevor Littlewood Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)Trevor Littlewood Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

“Clear requirements are needed for carbon storage”

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A report released in the UK highlights the importance of minimum requirements in carbon sequestration activities. The study aims to bring clarity to the marketplace and ensure the element's long-term permanence in the soil