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Category: Ecology

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Author: Ebony G Murrell, Swayamjit Ray, Mary E Lemmon, Dawn S Luthe, Jason P Kaye
Publication: Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems

Abstract: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) can increase plant nutrient uptake and chemical defense production, both of which can improve plants’ ability to resist insect herbivory. Cover crops—non-commercial species planted in…

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Author: Claudia Ciotir, Wendy Applequist, Timothy E Crews, Neculai Cristea, Lee R DeHaan, Emma Frawley, Sterling A Herron, Robert Magill, James S Miller, Yury Roskov, Brandon Schlautman, James C Solomon, Andrew Townesmith, David Van Tassel, James L Zarucchi, Allison Miller
Publication: bioRxiv

Summary: Concerns about soil health and stability are focusing attention on crops that deliver both agricultural products and ecological services. Deep rooted, perennial plants that build soil organic matter, support…

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Author: Jacob M. Jungers, Lee H. DeHaan, David J. Mulla, Craig C. Sheaffer, Donald L. Wyse
Publication: Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment

Abstract: Global expansion of high-input annual grain crops and associated nitrogen (N) fertilizer use can have negative consequences for the environment and human health. Nitrate nitrogen (NO3-N) leaching from fertilized…

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Author: Ebony Murrell
Publication: Science Trends

The impacts of climate change are already being felt by farmers in many parts of the world. As such, it is important for us to determine which strategies may help…

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Author: Gabriel de Oliveira, Nathaniel A. Brunsell, Caitlyn E. Sutherlin, Timothy E. Crews, Lee R. DeHaan.
Publication: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

Abstract: The ecological impacts resulting from global warming and conventional agricultural practices are predicted to affect crop productivity and reduce the land area available for agriculture in the near future….

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Author: Crews, Timothy E.
Publication: Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Volume 26, Issue 3

Grasslands are among the biomes that have been most extensively degraded or eliminated by the expansion of agriculture. Grasslands are also threatened by development, poor management, and climate change. This…

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Author: Martin H. Bender
Publication: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 2000, Vol. 30, pp 49-58.

Abstract: Hydrocarbon intermediates typical of the chemical industry are an inefficient route for the production of synthetic organics from biomass. This is demonstrated by stoichiometric calculations of mass losses of…

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Author: W. Jackson
Publication: Agriculture as a Mimic of Natural Ecosystems, R. LeFroy (Ed.), 1999, pp.39-55

Abstract: Genomes can be regarded as miniature ecosystems which display many of the same characteristics as that of a prairie or forest ecosystem. Human communities may likewise have characteristics common…

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Author: Jon K. Piper
Publication: Canadian Journal of Botany, Volume 73, 1995, pp. 1635-1644.

The diverse community structure and different types of resource use by plant species contribute to the persistence and resilience of the prairie ecosystem. Download PDF

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Author: Wes Jackson, Jon Piper
Publication: Ecology, 1989, 70(6), pp. 1091-1993.

Our subject here is “the problem of agriculture” not “problems in agriculture.” We proceed with the assumption that problems in agriculture are primarily derivatives of the problem of agriculture. Download…

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Author: Wes Jackson
Publication: Altars of Unhewn Stone, 1987, New York, North Point Press, pp 77-82.

Author Joseph Kinsey Howard describes a spring day in 1883 in North Dakota when John Christiansen, a Scandinavian farmer, looked up while plowing a field to discover an old Sioux…

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