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Biosolids are a by-product of the wastewater treatment process and can be used as fertilisers as they are rich in nitrogen and phosphorus. Photo: City of Geneva ATTRIBUTION-NONCOMMERCIAL 2.0 GENERIC CC BY-NC 2.0 DeedCity of Geneva ATTRIBUTION-NONCOMMERCIAL 2.0 GENERIC CC BY-NC 2.0 Deed

US bio-fertilisers are useful but watch out for contamination

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Used as fertilisers, biosolids produced by wastewater treatment can be very beneficial for the soil. This is also why, according to a study, it is important to analyse their content to prevent contamination phenomena
Answers to questions about past and future erosion could be found in the fossil sediments of the Pyrenees. Photo: NASA public domainPhoto: NASA public domain

Answers to questions on climate and erosion are 56 million years old

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A study by the University of Geneva revealed how erosion in the Pyrenees increased 4-fold during the global warming experienced between the end of the Palaeocene and the beginning of the Eocene. A scenario that could now be repeated
Permafrost thawing awakens microbes that process organic matter, producing greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: NPS Climate Change Response PUBLIC DOMAIN MARK 1.0 UNIVERSAL PDM 1.0 DeedNPS Climate Change Response PUBLIC DOMAIN MARK 1.0 UNIVERSAL PDM 1.0 Deed

Permafrost microbes may further accelerate climate change

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Permafrost microorganisms, explains a study by Colorado State University, are also able to break down polyphenols. A finding that could force an upward correction of CO2 emission previous estimates
PFAS contamination hits British otters. © Copyright Peter Trimming ATTRIBUTION-SHAREALIKE 2.0 GENERIC CC BY-SA 2.0 Deed© Copyright Peter Trimming ATTRIBUTION-SHAREALIKE 2.0 GENERIC CC BY-SA 2.0 Deed

Fluoride contamination affects British otters

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Otters deceased near a factory in the UK show traces of toxic perfluorinated alkylated substances that have spread into the environment and soil, a Cardiff University study says
The allele frequency of organic barley plants changes over the years favouring their adaptability. Photo: Jamain ATTRIBUTION-SHAREALIKE 3.0 UNPORTED CC BY-SA 3.0 DeedJamain ATTRIBUTION-SHAREALIKE 3.0 UNPORTED CC BY-SA 3.0 Deed

Organic farming affects plant genetics

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A study by the University of Bonn shows how conventionally and organically grown barley plants develop differently. The latter experience adaptations in their genetic material
Mineral phosphate fertilisers show the presence of toxic metals, a phenomenon that is widespread worldwide. Photo: Antony Trivet, Pexels.com All photos and videos on Pexels can be downloaded and used for free.Antony Trivet, Pexels.com All photos and videos on Pexels can be downloaded and used for free.

Metals in fertilisers impact global soils

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According to a study by Duke University, uranium, cadmium and chromium make fertilisers from the USA and the Middle East particularly impactful on soil quality
A cereal field in Arkansas. The forecasting model developed by the US university is claimed to be able to halve the time required for the overall soil analysis. Photo: Jimmy Emerson ATTRIBUTION-NONCOMMERCIAL-NODERIVS 2.0 GENERIC CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DeedJimmy Emerson ATTRIBUTION-NONCOMMERCIAL-NODERIVS 2.0 GENERIC CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Deed

In the USA, a predictive model shortens soil test timing

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Researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a predictive model of soil structure and organic matter content that halves the overall testing time
Prepsoil webinar takes place on June 13 and June 18. Image: © 2022-24 PREPSOILSource: © 2022-24 PREPSOIL

Prepsoil announces a webinar on smart financing for Living Labs and Lighthouses

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The first of two webinar events organized as part of the Prepsoil Project will be held on June 13. Main topic: solutions for Living Labs and Lighthouse farms, which are key players in the development of soil best practices
The researchers' hope is that by predicting drought in advance, farmers and ranchers can better plan for water management. Photo: jackoscage CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Genericjackoscage CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

NASA follows the light and anticipates flash droughts

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Space Agency researchers have found a correlation between flash drought and the intensity of induced fluorescence. A phenomenon related to photosynthesis and observable from space
The frequency and impact of wildfires have increased in recent decades, changing the organic and inorganic composition of the soil © European Union (photo by Pavel Koubek) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic© European Union (photo by Pavel Koubek) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Soil, wildfires and recovery: how much do we know?

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A U.S. study reviews current knowledge about wildfires and the resilience of ecosystems. Some factors can promote regeneration. Others end up impeding it