America's Dust Bowl in the 1930s severely impacted soil quality –- so much so that the effects remain to present day.
The Tarim basin in China is a very dry region, home to rare trees and cotton farms that produce 40 percent of the nation's crop. However, this areas is facing significant ecological problems. Researchers suggest a series of recommendations in order to preserve this unique desert.
Researchers found a protein that helps plants grow in salty soils. This could aid in salt-tolerant crop development.
University of York biologists are now able to better understand the toxicity of TNT left in plants at military and other sites where explosives were used. This could lead to new herbicides to remedy areas contaminated by those explosives.
University of New Hampshire researchers discovered that crop rotation could combat the stress that soils experience with increased agriculture.
Scientists are already worried about the rapidly growing human population, which is approaching unsustainable levels and threatening global food security. And now, new research shows that soil losses may exacerbate this problem and result in possible ramifications for human security.