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Source -Highlights•We used data from a 13-year old farming systems comparison in the Netherlands.•The yield gap between organic and conventional farming diminished over time.•This coincided with higher nutrient use efficiency and spatial stability in the organic system.
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.Source -
Scores of plant species are capable of living dormant under the soil for up to 20 years, enabling them to survive through difficult times, a new study has found.Source -
UCR researchers have identified three bacteria that may help prevent spoilage of the pollen that wild bees provision for their offspring