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  • Trends & Forecasts in Global Soil Treatment Market by Types and Geography to 2017

    The global soil treatment market research report highlights, the market size of the global soil treatment market both in terms of revenue and volume. The global soil treatment market revenue is estimated to reach the mark of $28.9 billion by 2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2012 to 2017. Soil treatment market is valued for its benefits on the soil structure, nutritional profile ...


  • Soil experts recreate soils from Mars

    Soil experts from Cranfield University have developed a replica soil for Mars in a project for the European Space Agency (ESA) to help maximise the performance of the next robotic rovers to be sent to the planet. The ‘soil surrogate’ is one of a number of soil types characterized by the current NASA Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity, which were sent to Mars in ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Global Micronutrient Market by Type, Form, Application Mode, Crop type and Geography

    Micronutrients are essential elements that are used for growth and regulation of plant’s vital physiological activities. Though these are required in trace amounts, they are as important as macronutrients. Globally, agriculture micronutrients application has gained importance in the recent past due to its effectiveness on overall quality and productivity of crops. The deficiency of ...


  • The new soil blocking

    Visser has developed a new soil blocker. This new soil blocker is completely developed in the new Visser style with respect to materials, looks and user friendliness, but without losing focus on the main goal to produce the best soil block. The soil blocker has space for several types of seeders and can from now on be equipped with the Visser Roulette XL drum seeder. The ...


    By Visser Horti Systems B.V.

  • Measuring global soil changes

    Global change is increasingly affecting important terrestrial ecosystem functions such as the filtering and buffering capacity of soils, the supply of clean water, soil fertility, and consequently, the production of food, feed, and fiber. Recent studies and reports from the United Nations indicate that water and soil resources are both heavily under pressure. Worldwide about 2 billion ha of land ...

  • Absorbing organic pollutants in soils

    A new study closely examines the role degrading plant materials play in absorbing organic pollutants in the soil. These “biopolymers” are the waxy, water resistant barriers between the plant cells and the environment. This information is important to evaluate the role of these biopolymers as a natural sorbent for organic pollutants in the environment. The study, reported in the ...

  • Precompression stress in soils

    The precompression stress as a factor to assess the mechanical stability of soils is predictable by using pedotransfer functions. Over the past decades arable soils have been deteriorated because of the heavy machinery on the farm. Increase loads enhance subsoil compaction which is mostly irreversible. As a consequence of this deformation, the soil productivity decreases while the erodibility ...


  • Sinorock Soil Nails Design Advantage

    Sinorock Soil Nails Design Advantage Sinorock soil nail is a kind of self drilling hollow anchor bolt. It consists of hollow anchor bar, drill bit, coupling, packer, plate and nut. Drilling, installation, and injection of the soil nail in one single operational step. And it has easy and similar operating principle for different rock mass and ...


    By sinorock

  • Wave of consolidations in soil remediation market

    The environmental consulting sector, and especially that specialising in soil remediation, is relatively young. It was only after the publication of the law on soil decontamination in 1995 that Dutch society began to invest seriously in soil research and remediation. Initially, three types of business focussed on this sector: large research and engineering consultancies which saw this as an ...


  • Practical benefits of sustainable soil management

    A four-year AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds research project has unearthed invaluable results for growers, into the benefits of adopting sustainable soil management practices. One element of the Soil Programme - which involved an overall investment of £2.6 million - investigated how different types and quantities of organic matter in the soil can increase crop yields. Early ...


    By Certis UK

  • Soil pollution comes under scrutiny

    Soil pollution, due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, took centre stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly held at FAO headquarters this week. Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land. When they ...

  • New soil map for African farmers

    Responding to sub-Saharan Africa's soil health crisis, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) announced this week an ambitious new effort to produce the first-ever, detailed digital soil map for all 42 countries of the region. This project combines the latest soil science and technology with remote satellite imagery and on-the-ground efforts to analyze thousands of soil samples ...

  • Spectroscopy: Simple solution for soil sample

    Farmers and gardeners know their soil texture can make a big difference in their success. Different plants have different needs for water, nutrients, and air. When they grow in soil that has the right texture, it is easier to deliver the right amount of water, fertilizer, or pesticide to the plants. Then they grow better. Traditional ways of analyzing soil texture are slow. Danish researchers ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Utah microbubbles clean dirty soil

    Microbubble technology developed at the University of Utah has the potential to boost a wide range of environmental clean-up efforts around the world. Uses include removing oil and gas byproducts from water, removing organics and heavy metals from industrial sites and removing harmful algae from lakes. "It's very gratifying to see our technology at work in the field", says Andy Hong, who ...


  • Interactions between soil related sciences – linking geophysics, soil science and digital soil mapping

    iSOIL is a collaborate project co-funded by the Research DG of the European Commission within the RTD activities of the FP7 Thematic Priority Environment. iSOIL will develop, validate and evaluate concepts and strategies for an improved soil mapping. Therefore, three topics are of major methodological interest (1) Development of geophysical techniques, (2) Development of geophysical transfer ...


  • Fingerprinting method identifies petroleum contamination age and type

    Sitelab's fingerprinting procedure helps to identify the age or type of contamination on its clients' site at a fraction of the cost compared to conventional laboratory forensic testing. Field screening fingerprinting procedure Extract and prepare samples in solvent using Sitelab test kits; soil, sediment, water or oil (NAPL) samples can be analyzed. Test for GRO (BTEX): ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Do nanoparticles affect the health of the soil ecosystem?

    New research reveals that many microorganisms, including bacteria and protozoa, show little sensitivity to fullerene nanoparticles applied to soil samples. However, fast-growing bacteria decreased in number and the genetic diversity of bacteria and protozoa altered slightly. This could affect the bottom of the food chain, which may have long-term implications for the overall health of the soil ...

  • Advanced Ecological Solutions in Water Treatment & Soil Conditioning

    Phyto-Catalyst® is built upon the powerful bio-catalytic capabilities of the BOC composition formulas.  The BOC products are based on a specially designed fermentation supernatant, derived from plants and minerals, which is then blended with surface modifying compounds, into a very powerful liquid concentrate. Improves microbiological conditions in soil.  ...


    By Bio-Organic Catalyst, Inc.

  • Guidelines for combating soil erosion and desertification with plants

    A set of guidelines has been developed to reduce soil erosion by planting vegetation in desertification hotspots.Farmers and policymakers can use the guidelines to identify the most suitable places to plant vegetation in the channels where water and sediment move through the landscape. Land degradation through desertification typically occurs in vulnerable, semi-dry areas. As a result of ...

  • Soil erosion affecting farm productivity in Rwanda

    Over the years local residents of Rebero in Gicumbi District north of the Rwandan capital of Kigali, watched as their soil was washed away by rain. They also had to contend with landslides. Until a local group, the Rebero Emergency Response and Mitigation (ERDM) committee, started to reclaim the land in 2004, mainly through terracing. 'After being trained in risk management we came up ...


    By IRIN

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