Under our feet, in the soil, is a wealth of microbial activity. Just like humans have different metabolisms and food choices, so do those microbes. In fact, microbes play an important role in making nutrients available to plants.
Chinese researchers have disclosed that more rainfall during wet seasons promotes the release of carbon dioxide from the soil, according to a recent research paper published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said no terrorist group would be allowed to operate on Pakistani soil and carry out attacks abroad, days after his government began a crackdown against terrorist organizations.
Newly published research by Indiana University scientists finds that low relative humidity in the atmosphere is a significant, growing and often under-appreciated cause of plant stress in hot, dry weather conditions.
Scientists have wondered for years how legumes such as soybeans, whose roots host nitrogen-fixing bacteria that produce essential plant nutrients out of thin air, are able to recognize these bacteria as both friendly and distinct from their own cells, and how the host plant's specialized proteins find the bacteria and use the nutritional windfall.
The administration of President Barack Obama has warned China about Chinese agents it claims are operating secretly in the United States to hunt down and repatriate fugitives--some of whom wanted in China.