Do G.E. pesticides hang out in the soil?

Genetic engineering can make crops that literally grow their own defense, but scientists still need to understand how they degrade in the soil.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
March 4, 2019 ~4 min

Data from dirt improve monsoon predictions

Data about soil temperature and moisture can improve predictions about how much rain will fall during monsoons.

Brian Wallheimer-Purdue • futurity
Feb. 22, 2019 ~3 min

Hot way to clean polluted soil passes lettuce test

"We saw an opportunity to convert a liability, contaminated soil, into a commodity, fertile soil."

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Feb. 1, 2019 ~6 min

U.S. government can do more to promote biochar

"The potential long-term impacts of biochar are enormous." So why is it taking so long to adopt?

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Jan. 15, 2019 ~4 min

Fossils indicate life on land arrived earlier than we thought

New fossil evidence from the oldest soils on Earth suggests that life evolved to live on land earlier than scientists had thought.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
Jan. 8, 2019 ~4 min

Soil minerals hang on to a whole lot of carbon

The answer to future greenhouse gas challenges may be right under our feet, an evaluation of soil minerals' role in carbon storage suggests.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Jan. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tiny cells may best survive hot soils

As the planet warms, a new study shows that the smaller the genome or cell, the better chance of survival.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State • futurity
Nov. 13, 2018 ~4 min

Dig through dirt uncovers new way to fight TB

A new way to destroy the microbe that causes tuberculosis may come from a seemingly unlikely source: dirt.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Nov. 2, 2018 ~5 min