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Smart fertilizer management and the quest for sustainable rice production

Pauline Chivenge and Sheetal Sharma   |  Dec 11, 2017                          « PREVIOUS Specific fertilizer recommendations in smallholder rice farming systems could increase crop production while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Rice production relies on the use of synthetic fertilizers, especially nitrogen, in order to meet the …

Study: farmers could increase their production and contribute to reduce up to one gigaton of metric carbon emissions

by CIAT Communications | Dec 5, 2017 A new study presented at the Bonn Climate Summit, COP23 – produced by an international group of scientists led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research (CIAT), and published in Scientific Reports – has revealed how agricultural production could contribute significantly in the …

Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one

Health, economic benefits of capturing agricultural nitric oxide outlined in a study. Date: July 27, 2017, Source: Rice University Summary: Biochar could reduce local air pollution from agriculture by reducing emissions of nitric oxide from soil. Researchers argue that a better understanding of nitric oxide response to biochar will save lives and money, especially on farms near urban …

Loss of fertile soils a food security risk

Going underground The number of organisms living in a handful of soil outnumber all humans on the planet. They ensure that the humus layer stores nutrients and water. After oceans, soils represent the planet’s largest carbon bank. Soils store more carbon than all the world’s forests combined.   Worldwide deterioration of soil quality is a …

Researchers receive grant to study biochar

By Jace Dostal, jace.dostal@iowastatedaily.com Sep 3, 2015 Researchers at Iowa State have been awarded nearly $2 million for research on the integrated pyrolysis of biochar systems. Biochar is a product used on soils to return nutrients to the soil, which are removed when biomass is harvested for bioenrgy and aid in sequestering carbon that otherwise would …

Bringing soils back to life – a conversation with Deborah Bossio

18 August, 2015 by Stephanie Malyon (comments) After decades of neglect, in part due to the long term nature of soils research and the short term nature of development funding, soils research is on the brink of a renaissance as the world starts to recognise just how vital the ground beneath our feet is. Few are more enthusiastic …

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