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Four Crops

Oceans cover roughly 70% of the earth’s surface. That is an incredibly large area for microscopic life to occupy, and the diversity of life found living in the oceans is just as large. However, what scientists are now finding out is that the variety of microscopic life found living in soil might be even larger. … Read more

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Farmers benefit as much as anyone from healthy and active soils. A variety of life lives within the soil, ranging from microscopic bacteria to earthworms several inches long, most of them contributing to making the soil a vibrant growing environment for plants. Here are several processes performed by soil organisms that directly impact farmers: Nutrient … Read more

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Farmers never want to hear that their crops have been infected with a virus or fungus, but it may not be long before that attitude begins to change. Scientists are discovering that some viruses have the ability to help infected plants better tolerate different stresses. Dr. Marilyn Roossinck is a professor at Penn State University … Read more