Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Study Shows Universally Positive Effect of Cover Crops on Soil Microbiome

Only a fraction of conventional row crop farmers grow cover crops after harvest, but a new global analysis from the University of Illinois shows the practice can boost soil microbial abundance by 27 percent.

Creating a Sustainable Future for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and its People

University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources leads soil health, nutrient management, and water quality efforts in a rigorous 5-year study to develop environmentally sustainable agricultural systems in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay.

Daily Avocado Consumption Improves Attention in Overweight and Obese Persons

A diet including daily avocado consumption improves the ability to focus attention in adults whose measurements of height and weight are categorized as overweight or obese, a new randomized control trial found.

Natural Habitat Around Farms a Win for Strawberry Growers, Birds and Consumers

Conserving natural habitat around strawberry fields can help protect growers’ yields, their bottom line and the environment with no detectable threat to food safety, indicates a study led by the University of California, Davis.

​Big Data Helps Farmers Adapt to Climate Variability

A new Michigan State University (MSU) study shines a light on how big data and digital technologies can help farmers better adapt to threats, both present and future, from a changing climate.

Collaborating to Preserve the World's Diminishing Soil Resources

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) to unlock the mysteries of the chemical and biological processes occurring within our soil.

Wild Tomatoes Resist Devastating Bacterial Canker

Many New York tomato growers are familiar with the scourge of bacterial canker.

Matryoshka-inspired Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting

Ocean wave energy is an abundant resource of clean energy.

Grant to Support Development of Bio-Jet Fuel Processing Technology

A newly awarded grant from NIFA aims to expand the use of oilseeds and other vegetable oil crops in renewable jet fuel manufacturing.

Helping Plant Nurseries Reduce Runoff

You may have heard how excess nutrients, such as phosphorus, can run-off of crop fields.