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Fires, flooding before settlement may have formed the Amazon’s rare patches of fertility

Phosphorous, calcium and charcoal in spotty patches of fertile soil in the Amazon rainforest suggest that natural processes such as fires and river flooding, not the ingenuity of indigenous populations, created rare sites suitable for agriculture, according to new research.

14 Years Ago the Amazon Was Being Bulldozed for Soy – Then Everything Changed As Corporations Joined Activists

Over the last 14 years, a unique public-private initiative has reduced soy farming deforestation in the Amazon, so much so, that almost no soy coming from the Amazon currently contributes to deforestation. It began in 2006 when Greenpeace launched a campaign exposing the damage of forest clear-cutting for soy the previous year—more than 1,600 square […]

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New discovery by SMART allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome in plants

Researchers have developed a tool that allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome (SAS) in plants using Raman spectroscopy in significantly less time compared to conventional methods. The discovery can help farmers better monitor plant health and lead to improved crop yield.

Water consumption for trees is calculated in order to design precision irrigation systems

(University of Córdoba) A University of Cordoba and Spanish National Research Council research team validated an indicator based on using a tree’s temperature to calculate relative water consumption at an almond tree plantation

Can Scott’s Global Warming Solutions Act veto fuel Zuckerman’s challenge? – vtdigger.org

Gov. Phil Scott, left, is ahead in the polls against Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, but will Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act tip that balance? Photos by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger On the evening of Sept. 15, just after the…

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Alarming long-term effects of insecticides weaken ant colonies

Scientists have shown how even low doses of neonicotinoid insecticides, as they may realistically occur in contaminated soils, adversely affect the development of black garden ants (Lasius niger). This study highlights the need to overthink current deployment and management of chemical pest control for more sustainable agriculture.