Navigation Links
Scientists develop new carbon accounting method to reduce farmers' use of nitrogen fertilizer
Date:7/18/2012

It's summer. For many of us, summer is a time synonymous with fresh corn, one of the major field crops produced in the United States.

In 2011, corn was planted on more than 92 million acres in the U.S., helping the nation continue its trend as the world's largest exporter of the crop.

Corn is a nitrogen-loving plant. To achieve desired production levels, most U.S. farmers apply synthetic nitrogen fertilizer to their fields every year.

Once nitrogen fertilizer hits the ground, however, it's hard to contain and is easily lost to groundwater, rivers, oceans and the atmosphere.

"That's not good for the crops, the farmers or the environment," says Phil Robertson, a scientist at Michigan State University and principal investigator at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site.

KBS is one of 26 such NSF LTER sites across the United States and around the globe in ecosystems from forests to coral reefs.

Nitrogen lost to the environment from agricultural fields is nitrogen not used by crops, Robertson says. "This costs farmers money and degrades water and air quality, with significant health, biodiversity and downstream economic effects."

Farmers already manage fertilizer to avoid large losses. But, to reduce losses further, it currently costs more money than the fertilizer saves.

Robertson and colleagues are working on a way to help make the time and expense of efforts to mitigate fertilizer loss worthwhile. They're putting the finishing touches on a program that would pay farmers to apply less nitrogen fertilizer in a way that doesn't jeopardize yields. The program, called the nitrous oxide greenhouse gas reduction methodology, is being conducted in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute.

"This project is a great example of how long-term, fundamental research can contribute practical solutions to import
'/>"/>

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Scientists join forces in call for action to save coral reefs
2. Scientists discover an epigenetic cause of osteoarthritis
3. New York University scientists discover possible treatment to reduce scarring
4. Scientists discover new trigger for immense North Atlantic plankton bloom
5. Atmospheric scientists release first bottom-up estimates of Chinas CO2 emissions
6. Stanford scientists find molecule to starve lung cancer and improve ventilator recovery
7. Scripps Florida scientists identify critical quality control for cell growth
8. Gladstone scientists identify critical process in stem cell development
9. Wholly water -- students and scientists gather at NTU to discuss water problem
10. Cancer scientists link ‘oncometabolite’ to onset of acute myeloid leukemia
11. Rensselaer scientists unlock some key secrets of photosynthesis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Scientists develop new carbon accounting method to reduce farmers' use of nitrogen fertilizer
(Date:9/21/2014)... the University of California, San Diego, have developed a ... control the activity of genes based on sequences of ... its application to human embryonic cells in a paper ... , "All of our cells have the same blueprint, ... John Whitaker, lead author of the report. "Skin cells ...
(Date:9/21/2014)... -- Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very ... ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, ... that could be used to repair ships or help ... new waterproof adhesives, the MIT researchers engineered bacteria to ... proteins as well as a bacterial protein found in ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... today by researchers from several Harvard University labs ... experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw ... made from soft, flexible materials. , With the ... other advances in manufacturing technology, soft robotics is ... drawn from conventional rigid robot design, but working ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Program predicts placement of chemical tags that control gene activity 2Engineered proteins stick like glue -- even in water 2Engineered proteins stick like glue -- even in water 3Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs 2
... Not only land birds, but also some seabirds, ... example, circumnavigates the earth one and a half times ... about the migratory behaviour of seabirds as compared with ... Planck Institute for Ornithology have studied the migratory behaviour ...
... In a paradigm changing discovery, Plasmodium vivax ( ... historically thought to be resistant to the disease, those who ... red blood cells, according to researchers from Case Western Reserve ... of Health. In a study of more than 600 individuals ...
... experimental oral drug has lowered blood sugar levels and inflammation ... could someday be added to the arsenal of drugs used ... research. The drug consists of a synthetic molecule that ... inhibitory factor, or MIF. This protein is implicated in a ...
Cached Biology News:To the Antarctic or Brazil for new feathers 2To the Antarctic or Brazil for new feathers 3Duffy-negative blood types no longer protected from P. Vivax malaria 2Duffy-negative blood types no longer protected from P. Vivax malaria 3Study points to potential new drug for type 2 diabetes 2Study points to potential new drug for type 2 diabetes 3Study points to potential new drug for type 2 diabetes 4
(Date:9/22/2014)... 2014 Follow us on ... young has groomed and nurtured anti-aging products and ... emphasis on appearance maintenance is benefitting the market ... protein obtained from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum, which ... relaxation. With cosmetic indications for botulinum toxin ranging ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... 22, 2014 FierceBiotech today announced its ... biotechnology companies of 2014. FierceBiotech editors John Carroll ... this year’s winners. Those selected are identified as ... the industry. , "It's always a lot ... Fierce 15 companies," said Carroll. "This year in particular ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... Sept. 22, 2014  Spherix Incorporated (SPEX) -- an intellectual ... intellectual property, today announced that the United States Patent & ... in the month of September that is part of a ... patent is: USRE45,121 , Application number: US 13/728,867 ... date: Dec 27, 2012 The listed inventors ...
(Date:9/20/2014)... 2014 HealthTronics, Inc. , ... radiology products and services, has signed a distribution ... Clinicon Corporation for its high precision laser ... minimally invasive, mobile, surgical technology—offering more choices for ... agreement, HealthTronics will make available Clinicon’s FDA-cleared SureLase™ ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Strong Demand for Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures Drives the Global Botulinum Toxin Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 2Strong Demand for Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures Drives the Global Botulinum Toxin Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 3FierceBiotech Announces Annual “Fierce 15” Winners of 2014 2Spherix Notified by United States Patent & Trademark Office of New Standard Essential Patent Issued to Spherix 2Spherix Notified by United States Patent & Trademark Office of New Standard Essential Patent Issued to Spherix 3HealthTronics Announces Distribution Agreement with Clinicon-Laser Surgical Device Expands Minimally Invasive, Mobile Technology Portfolio 2HealthTronics Announces Distribution Agreement with Clinicon-Laser Surgical Device Expands Minimally Invasive, Mobile Technology Portfolio 3
... on Thursday announced that three Wisconsin businesses would receive ... Commerce Technology Assistance Grant (TAG) and Technology Venture Fund ... , Functional Biosciences, Inc. , is a ... It will receive a $250,000 TVF loan for work ...
... ads on their round, shiny stomachs as part of "tummy ... To some, this is "desperate branding" in action. , ... spot on the list of branding failures. These projects are ... weird processes. , ,Roy Disney said, "You need branding when ...
... summer. Business slows. Indeed, in Europe, where I find myself ... animation that will last until the first of September. People ... grasp weakens. , ,Or does it? , ,After a rare ... mountain in my inbox and a to-do list that had ...
Cached Biology Technology:A final word on branding 2A final word on branding 3A final word on branding 4A final word on branding 5Leaving it all behind 2
... The Holten MaxiSafe 2010 Class II ... ergonomical working condition of comfort while ... efficiency and performance.,Refined operator, environment and ... both exhausted and recirculated air.,Bottom filters ...
... Jouan MSC series of Class II ... conditions and certification to the world's ... ensures that the cabinets cannot be ... Natural lighting, low noise and arm ...
... Stand-96 is designed for paramagnetic bead precipitation ... ml PCR plates with no additional accessories. ... in a standard SBS 96-well microplate footprint. ... magnets guarantees easy and fast (as little ...
... circular clear acrylic chamber for complete visibility ... features microprocessor operation for precise mixing capability. ... Carousel rotates at 11 rpm; manufactured ... , Bottle Capacity - four 35 ...
Biology Products: