May 8, 2015

Back to the future: quilombos and their potential to protect Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

Waverli Maia Matarazzo NeubergerUniversidade Metodista de São Paulo

Traveling to Barra do Turvo is like going back in time. Located between the two huge southern Brazilian metropolises of São Paulo and Curitiba, the road that leads to Barra do Turvo crosses the Ribeira River valley, and winds its way through the Atlantic Rainforest. According to UNESCO, this forest is one of the world’s five […]

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May 4, 2015

Our Soil-ution: increasing important organic matter in soil

Rhiannon DavisSoil Association

Soil is always at the forefront of the Soil Association’s work, but especially so during 2015’s International Year of Soils: a year designated by the United Nations to highlight how soil – full of life and frequently overlooked – is essential to all human life. The health of soil is being rapidly degraded, which will […]

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May 1, 2015

Technology to Help Us Deal with Drought

Dennis O’BrienAgricultural Research Service

With droughts becoming more severe, water tables getting lower and an increasing demand for water from growing suburbs and cities, farmers know they need to use water more sparingly. That’s why recently patented technology developed by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Texas is so important. Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the […]

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April 29, 2015

Mapping Restoration Opportunities through Soil Surveying

Stephanie J. ConnollyUSDA Forest Service

Recent collaborative research by West Virginia University (WVU), the USDA-NRCS and USDA-Forest Service has linked spodic soil properties to the historical range of red spruce (Picea rubens) in the Central Appalachians. The data collected has allowed researchers to map the occurrence of these properties to help project the historical extent of red spruce before railroad […]

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April 27, 2015

Felines in trouble: a Brazilian scenario

Francine SchulzRio Grande do Sul State Sanitation Company Larissa Rosa de OliveiraUniversidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos Rodrigo Cambará PrintesBrazilian Institute for Biodiversity Conservation

Carnivores, such as large cats, are extremely important to maintain the ecological equilibrium in areas because they guarantee the diversity and resiliency of ecosystems. As predators, large cats can help control herbivore populations. Also, large cats usually leave behind a great part of their prey for several reasons, including providing food for scavenger and decomposer […]

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April 24, 2015

An Old but Still Pertinent Soil-ution from West Sumatra

Carol J. Pierce ColferCornell University CIFOR

In 1983, our team (from the University of Hawaii, North Carolina State and the Indonesian Center for Soils Research) began a multi-year program in Sitiung, West Sumatra. We began our work using a Farming Systems approach, living in a village and working collaboratively with local farmers. The Indonesian policy at the time called for food […]

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