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Science: Features

June 1, 2017
The May–June 2016 issue of includes a special section on crop wild relatives (CWR). Crop wild relatives are species closely related to domesticated crops and may be a source of valuable genetic div...
June 1, 2017
In 2008, Glen Obear was interning at a golf course in Hawaii when the superintendent asked him to help diagnose a mysterious problem. Some of the course’s putting greens were developing bald patches...
June 1, 2017
Undergraduate students who plan to pursue careers in agriculture take courses focused on crop production, animal science, and agricultural economics. However, when these students become practicing pro...
May 19, 2017
The idea of exploring space, including extendedhuman missions and the potential for future baseson the Moon, Mars, or elsewhere, is not just science fiction. With the recent release of the book and mo...
May 19, 2017
Ecological research suggests greater species diversity can offer more ecosystem services in a variety of ecosystems. But how can this idea be applied in agroecosystems, which have very low diversity?...
April 7, 2017
In November of 2014, an unassuming story appeared in the pages of magazine. Little more than a blurb, the modest article promised big things. According to three short paragraphs on a single, glossy p...
April 7, 2017
Carbon dioxide (CO) emissions are usually the first thing to come to mind when talking about greenhouse gases, but there is a suite of greenhouse gases of concern. One of these is nitrous oxide (NO). ...
March 10, 2017
Fertilizers applied to farm fields, golf courses, and residential landscaping to benefit plants do not always stay in place. These added nutrients, including nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), can be wa...
March 10, 2017
Climate change is expected to alter regional temperature and precipitation patterns and will subsequently impact soils and the distribution of plants and animals. Understanding how soils might vary wi...
March 10, 2017
Farmers use “green manure” to protect soil, fix nitrogen, and scavenge nutrients when cash crops are not present. These cover crops can also reduce weeds and act as a mulch for cash crops in no-ti...
March 10, 2017
SSSA member David C. Weindorf (Texas Tech University) and film director Paul Allen Hunton (KTTZ-TV) tackled the difficult subject of climate change in their documentary, . The film is already garnerin...
February 13, 2017
Farmers and ranchers send soil and crop samples to commercial laboratories for chemical tests that measure nutrient concentrations as well as protein, fiber, and carbohydrates that influence the nutri...
February 13, 2017
Changing climate conditions will impact urban and rural communities worldwide. Agriculture may be particularly sensitive to rapid changes in climate and extreme weather events. Climate-smart agricultu...
February 13, 2017
Growing premium wine grapes requires the right soil and climate. An ideal combination occurs in parts of California where the majority of the wine grapes in the United States are produced. As an agric...
January 16, 2017
Research in agricultural systems occurs on a range of time spans. Some experiments are carried out for a single growing season while others are maintained...
January 16, 2017
In the Midwestern U.S., where almost all native grassland has been lost to agriculture and development, many groups work to restore native prairie. One reason to restore these grasslands is for their ...