An art, science or practice of producing food, feed, fiber and other desired products through the cultivation of crops, management of the soil, and raising of livestock. Agriculture denotes activities  (i.e. tillage, fertilization, pest control, harvesting, etc.) essential to food and material production. It also includes all techniques in growing and maintaining domesticated animals (e.g. cattle, cows, goats, hogs, poultry, horses, etc.), and handling their by-products. Its prime concern is causing the land to produce more abundantly while protecting it from deterioration and misuse.

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Agriculture Articles

Straw Residue Helps Keep Nitrogen on the Farm

6 Aug 2010

Rating: 3.62

Cover crops have been found to prevent nitrogen leaching into waterways. They have also been found to reduce soil erosion -- an implication of legume cover crops to be integrated with synthetic fertilizer in the future.

Four-Leaf Clover Gene Found, Researchers Say

2 Aug 2010

Rating: 4.07

A four-leaf clover is rarely expressed. Mapping and identifying the gene responsible for this trait improve breeding new cultivars.

The Perfect Prawn?

1 Jul 2010

Rating: 3.67

Could science finally able to breed the perfect prawn?

Projected Food, Energy Demands Seen To Outpace Production

3 Jan 2010

Rating: 1.63

With the caloric needs of the planet expected to soar by 50 percent in the next 40 years, planning and investment in global agriculture will become critically important

Growing More Rice With Less Water

3 Jan 2010

Rating: 3.72

A new method to grow rice could save hundreds of billions of cubic metres of water while increasing food security, according to a study by World Wildlife Foundation.

Early Agriculture Left Traces In Animal Bones

3 Jan 2010

Rating: 1.00

Unraveling the origins of agriculture in different regions around the globe has been a challenge for archeologists.

Shatter-Resistant Pods Improve Brassica Crops

3 Jan 2010

Rating: 5.00

An international team of scientists has cracked the problem of pod shatter in brassica crops such as rapeseed or canola.

Advance In 'Nano-Agriculture:' Tiny Stuff Has Huge Effect On Plant Growth

3 Jan 2010

Rating: 4.33

With potential adverse health and environmental effects often in the news about nanotechnology, scientists in Arkansas are reporting that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) could have beneficial effects in agriculture.

First evidence that weed killers improve nutritional value of a key food crop

1 Sep 2009

Rating: 3.46

Scientists are reporting for the first time that the use of weed killers in farmers’ fields boosts the nutritional value of an important food crop.

Urban Trees Enhance Water Infiltration

21 Nov 2008

Rating: 3.42

Global land use patterns and increasing pressures on water resources demand creative urban stormwater management.

A Model to Measure Soil Health in the Era of Bioenergy

21 Nov 2008

Rating: 4.40

A team of scientists report in SSSAJ that they developed a model to measure soil quality and the loss of organic matter due to increased use of crop residues.

Nitrous Oxide Emissions Respond Differently to No-Till Depending on the Soil Type

30 Oct 2008

Rating: 4.00

Authors report that within the first 5 yr of adopting a no-tillage practice in a heavy clay soil, nitrous oxide emissions could offset the soil carbon dioxide sink.

Agriculture in the developing world: Connecting innovations in plant research to downstream applications

31 Jul 2008

Rating: 3.26

Enhancing agricultural productivity in those areas of the world bypassed by the Green Revolution will require new approaches...

Mechanisms underlying plant resilience to water deficits: prospects for water-saving agriculture

31 Jul 2008

Rating: 5.00

Water scarcity imposes huge reductions in crop yield and is one of the greatest limitations to crop expansion outside present-day agriculture areas.

Sustainability of irrigated agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley, California

31 Jul 2008

Rating: 4.00

The sustainability of irrigated agriculture in many arid and semiarid areas of the world is at risk because of a combination of several interrelated factors

Possibilities for the Use of Oil Contaminated Solids for Agricultural Purposes

31 Jul 2008

Rating: 1.00

All phases of oil exploitation, from the start of oil-drilling works to construction of
the transport system (underground pipeline network) are accompanied by interventions
and procedures hazardous to the environment.

Dioxin risk in soil and plant tissues after long-term biosolids application

30 Jul 2008

Rating: not rated

Scientists address dioxin concerns and report their findings in the July-August issue of Journal of Environmental Quality

CO2 increase in the atmosphere augments tolerance of barley to salinity

30 Jul 2008

Rating: 3.50

Higher CO2 has some positive effects on the physiology of barley plants and increases its tolerance to salinity

New study points to agriculture in frog sexual abnormalities

30 Jul 2008

Rating: 3.33

A farm irrigation canal would seem a healthier place for toads than a ditch by a supermarket parking lot.

An impossible coexistence: Transgenic and organic agriculture

30 Jul 2008

Rating: 3.00

First field study in Europe carried out by a researcher from the UAB Institute of Environmental Science and Technology