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SOIL BIOLOGY 101: LEARNING OUR SOIL-PART 3

Posted on: Nov 22, 2017

Three Part Harmony: Understanding Tripartite Association. In the first two parts of this series, we looked at the symbiotic relationships agricultural plants establish with certain bacteria and fungi in the soil. When we talk about symbiosis, we are usually describing a mutually beneficial relationship between two living organisms. However, in the case of a tripartite […]

 
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SOIL BIOLOGY 101: Learning Our Soil-Part 2

Posted on: Nov 8, 2017

How rhizobium bacteria enhance nitrogen fixation in the pulse and soybean rotation. In the human body, there are bad bacteria that make us sick and cause infections, and good bacteria that are crucial to the digestive process. There are also good and bad bacteria within the soil, which can help or hinder certain plants. Peas, […]

 
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SOIL BIOLOGY 101: Learning Our Soil-Part 1

Posted on: Nov 1, 2017

Good fungi and bad fungi: an agronomic overview Agricultural soil is full of fungi. In many cases that’s a good thing.   As a grower, “fungi” is one of those words that makes you assume the worst. The reality is that the soil is teeming with a variety of fungi. There are good fungi and bad […]

 
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The Canola Conundrum

Posted on: Oct 25, 2017

How glucosinolates (GSLs) benefit canola to the detriment of the following crop. A recent blog we posted has generated a great deal of interest among canola growers. In it, we revealed that a defensive mechanism common to brassicas protects canola against soilborne disease, yet works to the detriment of the following crop. Today, we take […]

 
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GETTING TO THE ROOT OF DROUGHT DEFENSE

Posted on: Aug 10, 2017

How Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi improve drought tolerance in host plants While others look at stretches of hot, dry weather as a welcome opportunity to go to the lake and enjoy the sun, affected growers are busy worrying about the impact of drought on their crops and yield potential. Fortunately, you have an ally in the […]

 
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Explaining Post-Canola Rotation Growth Challenges

Posted on: Jul 5, 2017

Canola reduces biological activity in the soil. So, what can be done to help the following crop? Growers and researchers have long observed that crops following canola in a rotation tend to demonstrate reduced yield, compared to the results when seeded behind another crop. So, what is the reason behind this? It can largely be […]

 
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What Comes First-Soil Health or Plant Science?

Posted on: May 4, 2017

[Recommended reading]  Noble Foundation’s Buckner: Soil Health Must No Longer Take a Back Seat to Plant Science -Louise Burwood-Taylor]   Bill Buckner, president and CEO of the Noble Foundation argues that more research needs to go into efforts to understand and manage soil health– a field he feels has been long neglected. [Read article] In […]

 
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Highway Cam: See Bacteria Hitch a Ride Along the “Fungal Highway”

Posted on: Apr 3, 2017

You may have heard the term: the living soil before Now you can actually see it in remarkable detail. This amazing video was recently posted to the Scientific American website. It shows microscopic bacteria (Pseudomonas putida) travelling along the surface of a fungus (Cunninghamella elegans) in real time. The fungus in this video is growing […]

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