Soon, planes could be flying on fuel from 'fungus'

Soon, you may able to travel on planes that fly on jet fuel from black fungus that is commonly found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit, thanks to a new research.

Silicon boosts sustainable rice production
Silicon boosts sustainable rice production

By enhancing the resistance against pests, pathogens and abiotic stresses such as salts, drought and storms, silicon (Si) plays a crucial role in the development of sustainable rice production systems with lower or zero input of harmful pesticides, says a study. 

How the earth underground resists missile attack

 Hit hard by a missiles or meteor, materials like soil and sand actually get stronger to resist the force from penetrating deeper underground, says new research.

Ancient DNA reveals how wheat came to Britain

Hunter-gatherers in ancient Britain may have imported cereals from Europe long before they turned to farming, new research reveals.

Punjab offers rewards to stop stubble burning

The Punjab government on Wednesday announced rewards to districts and villages across the state which curb the unhealthy practice of burning stubble (residue of harvested crops).

Dust from Sahara Desert provides nutrients to Amazon soils

An estimated 22,000 tonnes of phosphorus, an essential nutrient for plant proteins and growth, is carried by the dust from Sahara Desert to the Amazon rain forest every year, a new study has found.

India offers farmers soil tests to boost yields

India will provide soil testing for farmers to target the correct use of fertilizers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, to push up yields and cut back on costly misuse.

Salinisation posing threat to Sunderbans: Study
Salinisation posing threat to Sunderbans: Study

Accumulation of salts in the soil leading to reduced fertility (salinisation) is a "poorly understood" process and is a "silent" threat to the Sunderbans mangrove forests, a World Bank report said on Monday.

Salt tolerance gene in soybean identified

Researchers have identified a gene that could enable soybean increase its tolerance of soil salinity.

Electric Sparks may have changed nature of moon`s soil

A new study has revealed that electric sparking might have altered the nature of lunar soil in its coldest craters.

Can tiny ants save us from global warming?

Ants may be one of the earth`s most powerful biological climate brokers, a study claims.

Mars was warmer and wetter 3.7 bn years ago

Scientists have revealed that images and data captured by the rover Curiosity suggest that Mars would have been warmer and wetter some 3.7 billion years ago.

Martian dust reveals water content in ancient times

Mars rover Curiosity has more than 120,000 measurements of surface rocks and soil and in the process revealed a more detailed image of how much water was once present on the Red Planet.

Soil may help forecast Earth`s future atmosphere

Soil plays an important role in controlling the planet`s atmospheric future, a new study has revealed.

Plant that suck up pollutants from soil

Chinese experts have successfully used a plant to clean arsenic pollution from the soil.

NASA’s Mars rover finds soil in crater ‘Endeavour’

Veteran Martian rover Opportunity that is exploring the rim of a vast Martian crater have found evidence of water and chemicals unlike anything the robot has seen so far.

Multi-nutrient deficiencies surfacing in soil

Soil tests in different parts of the country in the last five years have revealed that multi-nutrient deficiencies are surfacing in many intensively cultivated areas.

Now, trees can detect soil, water contaminants

Trees can really let you know about unseen degradation of the environment.

Understanding soil could help tide over climate changes

The lowly soil is often overlooked when it comes to addressing climate change & population growth.

`Set up mission to rejuvenate soil`

The condition of soil in India is deteriorating at a rapid pace & needs urgent attention to prevent further damage.