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.
July 2, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: bacteria covid-19 insects soil plants fungi viruses integrated-pest-management gardening nematodes weeds land-grant-universities plant-health victory-garden
Fungi and other organisms called oomycetes are highly adaptable. That's bad news for the global food supply.
June 23, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: evolution climate-change yeast plants fungi crops food-security plant-pathogen
Scientists think quantum coherence may play a role in photosynthesis. A new study shows it can offer a roadmap to better solar cells.
Tags: plants materials-science photosynthesis biomimicry quantum-physics science-and-technology
Climate change is reducing fog that many plants rely on for water. New research shows scientists can spot the problem from space.
Tags: climate-change water plants satellites earth-and-environment fog
Glacier mice aren't rodents – they're mysterious balls of moss that manage to live in one of the world's harshest environments.
June 8, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: plants ice glaciers mosses polar-ecology
Mapping the mechanism that lets legumes make their own ammonium fertilizer could help make agriculture more sustainable.
Tags: bacteria agriculture plants nitrogen earth-and-environment roots fertilizer
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