Beaver dams are helping restore natural ecosystems throughout the U.S. Essentially, a beaver dam blocks off water in one section of the stream, which then creates a pond or lake. Using this, researchers may have found a way to remove excess nitrogen from local estuaries.
A new study suggests that a nutrient-rich, balanced diet can boost coral resilience under thermal stress, which can be caused by climate change.
Raking is a common fall chore that actually stunts the growth of grass, trees and plants.
Aquaponic garden systems use fish feces as natural fertilizers. In return, the plants grow faster and naturally filter the water before returning it to the fish. This system ensures environmental sustainability.
Microbiologists recently discovered a way to combat worldwide ocean dead zones that are attributed to nitrogen-based fertilizers. Naturally occurring bacteria called rhizobia could replace nitrogen in fertilizer once more is learned about one of its genes called HrrP. Reduced nitrogen runoff would translate into fewer ocean dead zones.
While plants and nitrogen normally benefit from one another in a mutualistic relationship, a new study shows that too much of a good thing doesn't always last, as nitrogen fertilizer use over a long period of time eventually disrupts this beneficial rapport.