‘Lost city’ used 500 years of soil erosion to benefit crop farming

Researchers at the University of York working on a 700-year old abandoned agricultural site in Tanzania have shown that soil erosion benefitted farming practices for some 500 years. The study, published in Quaternary Research, shows that historical practices of capturing soils that were eroded from the hillside could be valuable to modern day farming techniques.


The steady golfer vs. the brilliant golfer: who would win over 72 holes?

This weekend Jordan Spieth will attempt to become the youngest golfer to win the career Grand Slam when he tees off at the US PGA Championship.…


Time to Rethink Control of Invasive Russian Knapweed

A recent study featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management suggests it’s time to rethink control of Russian knapweed, an invasive plant classified as a “noxious weed” in 18 U.S.…


Survey shows knowledge gaps in how to apply auxin herbicides safely

With the recent introduction of soybean and cotton traits resistant to synthetic auxin herbicides, farmers have new, much needed options for managing glyphosate-resistant broadleaf weeds. Researchers writing in the journal Weed Technology say use of the auxins isn’t without risk.


Intrepid ecologists find treasure of birdlife

In a recent study published in Bird Conservation International, authors from Perth Edith Cowan University have carried out research in Papua New Guinea to understand how logging and palm oil plantations is affecting rare bird numbers.…


Building cleaner diesel engines

Or: How to start a fire Fuel inside an engine is subjected to high temperatures and pressures causing it to ignite and burn, but what exactly is the process by which this occurs?…


When It Comes to Tillage, Timing Matters!

In a study featured in the most recent edition of Weed Science, a team of researchers tilled four fields every two weeks during the growing season.


Managing avalanche risk

Avalanches and mudslides are a common occurrence in mountainous regions across the world and they can often cause severe loss of property and life.…