Culture & Technology


Two scientists among mangrove roots assess soil
November 01, 2017

Did you know carbon comes in blue?

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Recording plant growth data in pigeonpea field, India
September 20, 2017

Domesticating plants to grow as crops can turn out to be a double-edged scythe.

Arkansas rice paddy with eddy covariance tower
September 06, 2017

The Lower Mississippi River Basin’s Delta region lies mainly in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. It is a fertile area that produces...

Soil sample in spectrometer for quality check
August 30, 2017

Farmers and gardeners know their soil texture can make a big difference in their success. Different plants have different needs for water,...

Digging for calcium carbonate samples
August 02, 2017

Producers sometimes face challenges that go deep into the soil. They need answers to help the soil, on site. A portable field sensor can...

July 12, 2017

Are you a farmer who wants to keep better track of the climate conditions around you? There’s an app for that.

West Virginia Water Research Institute sample of Elk and Coal River sediment
January 04, 2017

Jennifer Weidhaas was teaching in West Virginia on January 9, 2014 when about 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked into the Elk River. The concrete...

Drought tolerant wheat under portable rainout shelter
December 14, 2016

In many parts of the world, lack of sufficient water makes it difficult – or impossible – to grow...

Mural in Laramie, Wyoming, "Growth."
December 07, 2016

The Earth’s critical zone isn’t called critical for nothing. Known as our planet’s outer skin, it is essential for human...

Blue dye shows water flow in soil
November 23, 2016

Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant...