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Ancient bones from Ireland reveal that farming has changed nitrogen composition in land for the last 3,000 years.

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Gene Expression Analysis Gets Gassy

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

Soil scientists use a gas-producing reporter system to assess gene activity in bacteria.

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image: Infographic: Gassy Genes

Infographic: Gassy Genes

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

Soil scientists get bacteria to report on what their neighbors are up to.

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image: USDA Emails: Don’t Use “Climate Change”

USDA Emails: Don’t Use “Climate Change”

By Kerry Grens | August 8, 2017

The agency denies instructing staff to avoid particular terms.

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image: Image of the Day: Riding on Raindrops

Image of the Day: Riding on Raindrops

By The Scientist Staff | March 14, 2017

A single raindrop falling on dry soil can spray a mist carrying thousands of microbes into the atmosphere. 

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image: How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity

How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 13, 2017

Researchers examine how underground microbes and nutrients affect plant populations.

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image: Donor-Soil Microbes Drive Ecosystem Restoration

Donor-Soil Microbes Drive Ecosystem Restoration

By Tracy Vence | July 11, 2016

Excavating existing topsoil and adding donor soil, researchers revitalized degraded farmland in the span of six years.

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image: Putting Phytoremediation into Action

Putting Phytoremediation into Action

By Erick Lachapelle and Éric Montpetit | August 1, 2015

Researchers studying the use of bacteria and plants to remove toxins from the soil must better communicate their results if they want their techniques to be used by practitioners in the field.

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image: Soil Bacteria Live on Wine Grapes

Soil Bacteria Live on Wine Grapes

By Kerry Grens | March 25, 2015

The earthiness of Merlot may have to do with grapevine-dwelling microbiota.

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image: Soil Bacteria May “Eat” Antibiotics

Soil Bacteria May “Eat” Antibiotics

By Dan Cossins | December 10, 2012

Long-term exposure to antibiotics from agricultural run off may encourage the evolution of soil bacteria that break down and consume the antibacterial agents.

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