Temporal crop diversity stabilizes agricultural production

Securing food supplies around the globe is a major challenge facing humanity, especially in light of the predicted increase in the world’s population to almost ten billion people by 2050 and the effects of climate change. Greater crop diversity in agriculture is seen as a stabilising factor for food security. Yet crop diversity alone is […]

Can Satellites Fill Gaps in Agricultural Water Monitoring?

As Earth’s population continues to rise and anthropogenic climate change threatens the habitability of parts of our planet, freshwater management is becoming a life-or-death issue for millions. Agriculture uses more of Earth’s freshwater than any other sector, primarily for crop irrigation. In places where water is scarce, policymakers are eager to regulate water […]

Sheep show the contamination by microplastics in the agricultural soils of Murcia

IMAGE: Sheeps during the study view more  Credit: Nicolas Beriot (Diverfarming project) In recent times, the increase in plastic residues has been reasserted as being a major environmental problem. This material, which is present in packaging and day-to-day objects, plays a decisive role in intensive agriculture zones. In the Region of Murcia, known as “Europe’s market […]

Biochar from agricultural waste products can adsorb contaminants in wastewater

Lead researcher Marlena Ndoun, a doctoral student in Penn State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, samples water in central Pennsylvania’s Spring Creek for emerging contaminants. Credit: Pennsylvania State University Biochar—a charcoal-like substance made primarily from agricultural waste products—holds promise for removing emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals from treated wastewater. That’s the conclusion of a team of […]