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Soil analysis of the Mayon volcano in the Philippines has revealed some promising species of bacteria. Photo: Patryk Reba Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Patryk Reba Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Soil bacteria from a volcano bring new hope for cancer treatment

Scientists from the University of Los Baños have isolated 30 bacteria species found at the Mayon volcano, in the north of the country. One of them seems to have relevant antibiotic and antitumor properties.
An app developed in Ireland provides a multi-level soil diagnosis. Photo: Pxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCAPxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCA

How’s your soil doing? Ask this Irish app

The app allows you to analyze the health of your soil and suggests how to manage it. An example of technology applied to soil protection.
There is a clear link between the development of sustainable agriculture and a healthy diet, FAO says. Photo: UGA CAES/Extension Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)UGA CAES/Extension Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sustainable agriculture is the leading way to a healthy diet, FAO says

Healthy diet is crucial for changing global trends. Food insecurity is affecting 155 mn people while obesity is growing in Southern Europe
Protecting the soil ecosystem contributes to human health, the WHO said recently. Photo: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Microbes and biodiversity. Here’s why a healthy soil is so important for human health

As soil allies, microbes are a resource for people' immune systems. Protecting biodiversity therefore means preserving our health.
agriculture, plastic, mulches

“Plastic in soils, why the EU Commission has not yet raised this issue?”

The European Circular Bioeconomy Policy Initiative accuses the EU Commission of neglecting the issue of plastic contamination in the soil. The proposal: allowing the use of only certified compostable bioplastic. Italy indicated as an example to imitate
Adding rice husk to soil helps reduce arsenic and cadmium contamination in plants. Photo: WorldFish Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)WorldFish Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Rice husk residue provides a sustainable solution to contaminated plants and soils

Delaware University: the addition of rice husk prevents plant contamination thus protecting the health of billions of people