Microbial community dynamics dominate greenhouse gas production in thawing permafrost
Jun 22, 2016
Northern permafrost ecosystems are changing rapidly, with rising temperatures causing many previously frozen environments to become wetlands such as fens. As permafrost thaws, the trapped organic carbon is accessible to microbial ...
Better soil data key for future food security
Jun 21, 2016
To project how much food can be produced in the future, researchers use agricultural models that estimate crop yield, or how much of a crop can be produced in a certain amount of space. These models take into account factors ...
Climate change likely to turn up heat on koalas
Jun 08, 2016
A changing climate means that by 2070 koalas may no longer call large parts of inland Australia home, researchers have found.
Scientists identify protein which boosts rice yield by fifty percent
Jun 07, 2016
In collaboration with researchers at Nanjing Agricultural University, Dr Tony Miller from the John Innes Centre has developed rice crops with an improved ability to manage their own pH levels, enabling them to take up significantly ...
How the event that killed off the dinosaurs wiped out life in Antarctica
Jun 02, 2016
The Cretaceous–Paleogene mass extinction 66m years ago was the most recent of five similar crises to have devastated life on Earth over the last 540m years. It rapidly killed off an estimated 76% of species around the globe, ...
Student makes stunning oil prediction
Jun 02, 2016
Production levels of oil increase every year - in 2015, an estimated 97 million barrels were pumped out of the Earth every day. We're all aware that it is a finite resource, and it's commonly predicted that the world will ...
Largest global coffee initiative to cope with climate variability
Jun 01, 2016
With an investment of 25 million euros the Colombian coffee sector should become climate proof to ensure more than half a million coffee farmers to cope with or fight the impact of lack or excess of water in 25 Colombian ...
Rays provide power for an electric generator
May 31, 2016
Scientists from the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center in Japan removed the electric organ from a torpedo and chemically stimulated the organ by injecting a solution of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine though a syringe. ...
Antarctic fossils reveal creatures weren't safer in the south
May 26, 2016
A study of more than 6,000 marine fossils from the Antarctic shows that the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs was sudden and just as deadly to life in the polar regions.
Target coal or carbon? Researchers are analyzing coal and energy caps as carbon policy instruments for China
May 25, 2016
In China, coal is king. The source of about 70 percent of the nation's energy supply, it has long been the engine of the Chinese economy. But the reign of coal, which has the highest carbon content of all fossil fuels, has ...