Weed management can be a tough challenge in organic cropping systems since growers don't have herbicides in their weed control arsenal. New research, though, shows that weather conditions and well-timed cultural management techniques can help fill the void by making crops more competitive.
Researchers explain the process of plant cooperation, in relation to their new study which has shed light on why cooperative relationships breakdown.
How do you boost soil water content and soil health without irrigating? Best cover it with a layer of straw, a new study concludes.
We might think of roots as necessary, but uninteresting, parts of the crop production process. New research, however, focuses on what's going on in the soil with the plant's roots and the chemicals they produce.
Drained fertile peatlands around the globe are hotspots for the atmospheric emission of laughing-gas - a powerful greenhouse gas called nitrous oxide, which is partly responsible for global warming and destruction of the ozone layer, a new study shows.
Rare plant species suffer more from disease than commoner species. The fact that rare species are more susceptible to attack by micro-organisms living in the soil, such as fungi and bacteria, may in fact be one of the reasons they are rare. Biologists have been trying to work out why some species are rare, while others are common, since Darwin's time and a new study provides a possible answer.