New satellite-based research shows there is at least as much value in knowing how much water is left for plants to use as there is in knowing how much rain may be on the way.
The thin layer of soil on our planet's surface ultimately sustains us all, but it's a finite resource. With a growing global population, perhaps it is time to start looking for alternatives.
Climate change is shrinking winter snow cover in Northeast forests, which protects tree roots and soil from repeated freezing and thawing. This could stunt tree growth and forest carbon storage.
If we need more trees, many will have to be introduced into managed agricultural mosaic landscapes.
Adapting to climate change means improving soil health, so it can hold more water (even during droughts).
More action is needed to increase soil organic matter for the sake of improved nutrition.
A weather expert explains where petrichor – that pleasant, earthy scent that accompanies a storm's first raindrops – comes from.
A Land Degradation Surveillance framework could solve this problem by systematically measuring and tracking indicators of land health in Africa.
Soil scientists have rarely gone the extra mile to translate their knowledge into forms that can be integrated into economic decision making.
Farmer-led development work can improve people's lives, provide access to food and water - and re-connect them to nature.
Would you be shocked by a supermarket without carrots, potatoes or broccoli, at any time of year? But harvesting in the off-season does serious damage to our soil.
Mapping the soil with open source application is vital to understanding how to protect it.
Healthy soil teems with bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms that help store carbon and fend off plant diseases. To restore soil, scientists are finding ways to foster its microbiome.
To help feed a growing world population, restore biodiversity and slow climate change, a geologist calls for a moon shot effort to restore healthy soil around the world.
We're in danger of losing the health benefits of soils faster than they are replaced.
Microbial-based solutions for agriculture are among some of the new innovations having an impact on the sector in the developed world.
Researchers are developing biological tools that can boost crop yields to feed a growing world population without harming human health or the environment.
Lead contamination remains a persistent issue in urban soils.
Long viewed simply as 'germs,' the hidden half of nature turns out to be crucial to the health of people and plants.
Soil is more than just dirt. It's a complex ecosystem and if it's healthy your plants will be happier.