Is that mulch really cypress? Maybe some of it

People buy cypress mulch for rot resistance and other qualities, but new research finds that the label on the bag may be a lie.

Jeff Mulhollem-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Urban farming: four reasons it should flourish post-pandemic

Nurturing enthusiasm for growing food closer to home could benefit people, wildlife and the global food system.

Jess Davies, Chair Professor in Sustainability, Lancaster University • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~7 min

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Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden celebrates 350th anniversary

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh celebrates three and a half centuries of science and conservation.

By Joanne Macaulay • bbcnews
Aug. 14, 2020 ~4 min

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In changing urban neighborhoods, new food offerings can set the table for gentrification

Hip food offerings can signal that a neighborhood is gentrifying – especially when they repackage traditional foods for wealthy white eaters.

Yuki Kato, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University • conversation
July 10, 2020 ~9 min

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How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.

Carolee Bull, Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

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How to make your house and garden more tranquil – tips from an acoustics expert

Whether it's cars passing nearby, a neighbour's blaring music or the constant drone of a lawnmower, the trouble with sound is that – unlike light – it can be hard to block out completely.

Greg Watts, Professor of environmental acoustics, University of Bradford • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

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How one teaspoon of Amazon soil teems with fungal life

Scientists discover hundreds of different fungi in Amazonian soil, thought to play a vital role in nature.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
June 27, 2020 ~3 min

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Urban dwellers yearn for 'Good Life' allotments

Scientists estimate "lost allotments" in the UK could have provided 6% of the population with their "five-a-day" diet.

By Mark Kinver • bbcnews
June 19, 2020 ~4 min

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City compost programs turn garbage into 'black gold' that boosts food security and social justice

Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.

Sue Ishaq, Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Maine • conversation
June 11, 2020 ~9 min

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Discovering Colombia's rare flora and fauna

An expedition of top UK botanists into previously unexplored rainforest in Colombia found rare species.

By Frank Gardner • bbcnews
June 6, 2020 ~5 min

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