History & Community

Soil microbes persist through National Mall facelift

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It’s not every day United States history mixes with microbes in the soil. But when the turf on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Cultivating a city

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Montreal: Famous for its churches, carriage rides…and urban agriculture.

Critical zone, critical research

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The Earth’s critical zone isn’t called critical for nothing. Known as our planet’s outer skin, it is essential for human survival.

City of second chance soils

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On the South Side of Chicago, East 87th Street ends in a gentle curve more suited to a suburban neighborhood than a gritty industrial area.

Not your grandfather’s cotton

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Ah, soft, smooth cotton. We love it in our sheets, our tablecloths, and luxurious cotton shirts.

Digging in deep

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College courses with active learning are common in subjects like physics and chemistry. The hands-on aspect of lab work creates a memorable, practical experience. But can it work elsewhere?

Velvet bean and maize: a green rotation

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Recent research in Mexico suggests rotating the use of a local cover crop can improve soil fertility and yields of maize (corn) harvests.

Meet ICCA of the Year, John Heard: Scientist, educator, humorist

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Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Pat Lynch was the first mentor to John Heard, winner of 2014’s International CCA of the Year Award.

Seed Central: Aiming to be the Silicon Valley of seed

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Five years ago, François Korn was sitting in a board meeting of the Seed Biotechnology Center at the University of California, Davis (UC-Davis) when talk turned to exactly how many seed and

Feeding the World: Profile of a World Food Prize Winner

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It has been said that plant breeding is both a science and an art.