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Beefy problem: livestock emit methane, but the soils where they graze can be much more climate-friendly than cropland. AAP Image/Caroline Duncan Photography

Veggie is the most low-carbon diet, right? Well, it depends where you live

Eating meat means greenhouse emissions. But the emissions from growing crops may have been underestimated, meaning that a climate-friendly diet isn't as straightforward as simply going vegetarian.
Modern day ecology involves large collaborations, such as this team at the Ethabuka South Site as part of the Nutrient Network. Glenda Wardle

Gone is the solitary genius – science today is a group effort

Where once scientists used to be solitary creatures, today science is a highly collaborative affair, and the latest research in ecology is no exception.
The world’s driest areas are tipped to get even drier, with potentially worrying implications for soil productivity.

If the world’s soils keep drying out that’s bad news for microbes (and people)

The world's 'drylands' – already home to 38% of the world's people – are set to dry out even more. And that could harm the soil microbes that keep soils healthy and help crops to grow.

Impact of plant invasions decreases over time

The impact of non-native plans invading an eco-system has been found to decrease over time. Researchers from the University…
Tiny, but they make a big difference: nanoparticles build up in the environment in all kinds of ways. victorpuntes/Flickr

Manufactured nanomaterials are a big deal in the environment

Major advances in technology are being spawned by the synthesis and application of nanoparticles and nanocomposites. The nanotechnology revolution offers great promise for major advances in medicine, manufacturing…
It’s expensive to apply nitrogen fertiliser, but there are other ways to store carbon in soils. Jiggs Images

Storing carbon in soil: potential opportunities outweigh limits

For several years, and particularly since the advent of the Coalition’s Direct Action policy for reducing emissions, the potential of agricultural soils in Australia to soak up carbon has been widely debated…
We need to get our hands dirty and have a look at our soils. Flickr/JerseyRed

A more sustainable Australia: we need to talk about our soils

A more sustainable Australia As the 2013 election campaign continues, we’ve asked academics to look at some of the long-term issues affecting Australia – the issues that will shape our future. Our soils…

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