Solution to viscosity mystery may curb pesticide pollution

Researchers have figured out how to measure the viscosity of droplets. That could help control pesticide spraying, ink-jet printing, and more.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: aircraft pollution agriculture pesticides math 3d-printing science-and-technology earth-and-environment liquids

There’s still time to save about half of Earth’s land

"...if we act quickly and decisively, there is a slim window in which we can still conserve roughly half of Earth's land in a relatively intact state."

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities conservation agriculture earth-and-environment land

How legume ‘fertilizer factories’ make ammonium

Mapping the mechanism that lets legumes make their own ammonium fertilizer could help make agriculture more sustainable.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria agriculture plants nitrogen earth-and-environment roots fertilizer

Oyster farming doesn’t really bother threatened shorebird

Oyster aquaculture has little impact on shorebirds, such as the federally threatened red knot, which migrates thousands of miles from Chile every year.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation birds agriculture food earth-and-environment oysters

The world must act to avert ‘biblical’ famine

COVID-19, plus civil conflicts, hotter and drier weather in many areas, and a locust invasion in Africa and the Middle East, could submit tens of millions of people to famine.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture food locusts featured earth-and-environment health-and-medicine famine

U.S. farm workers will see unsafe hot days double by 2050

“I was surprised by the scale of the change—seeing a doubling of unsafe days by mid-century, then a tripling by 2100. And we think that’s a low estimate.”

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture crops temperature earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

To boost crop yield, plant in a pattern

When farmers sow wheat, maize, soy and other crops in more uniform spatial patterns, higher yields and fewer weeds are possible, a new study shows.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: agriculture food earth-and-environment patterns

East African herders drank milk 5,000 years ago

Traces of milk in ancient pots indicate that east African herders were consuming dairy 5,000 years ago.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: agriculture archaeology food kenya livestock tanzania science-and-technology milk dairy

COVID-19 could put long-lasting strain on farmers

Farmers are facing challenges related to demand, workforce, and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. An expert warns the impact could be long-lasting.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
April 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture food jobs money farmers society-and-culture

How insecticide could harm monarchs in added habitat

The research on insecticides could lead to better strategies for how to plant milkweed on agricultural land to expand monarch butterfly populations.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation insects agriculture pesticides butterflies earth-and-environment

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