‘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.…


Uncovering the status of the Arabian tahr, an icon of the Hajar Mountains of Oman and the UAE

Species distribution models are a method used by conservationists to make inferences from limited data sets, in a format that can facilitate conservation management across landscapes. They are particularly suitable for filling gaps in knowledge of scarce populations and those inhabiting inaccessible terrain. The Arabian tahr is one such species. Inhabiting the precipitous cliffs of north eastern Arabia, the species is rarely seen and poorly known.


Amblyomma birmitum a new species of hard tick in Burmese amber

The latest Parasitology Paper of the Month is “Amblyomma birmitum a new species of hard tick in Burmese amber” by Lidia Chitimia-Dobler, Bruno Cancian de Araujo, Bernhard Ruthensteiner, Timo Pfeffer, Jason A.…


On the cover of HPL: High repetition rate and mass-production of the cryogenic targets for laser IFE

On the cover of HPL: ‘Review on high repetition rate and mass-production of the cryogenic targets for laser IFE’, by I.V.


Amino acid utilization by growing pigs

In the coming decades, the world population is expected to increase. This increase will result in a growing demand for food products, especially for animal protein.