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Five Major Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) Research Findings in 2023

Research focuses on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) use to alleviate climate change-driven abiotic stresses like drought and salinity. Efforts are also made to understand the factors that control AMF diversity and abundance, given the importance of mycorrhizae for natural and cultivated areas. Studies also investigate the effect of agricultural practices on AMF composition and diversity… Continue reading…

Microalgae and Artificial Photosynthesis for Renewable Energy

Microalgae’s natural photosynthesis, which uses carbon dioxide in the presence of sunlight, is harnessed to produce electricity and biofuels for renewable energy. Artificial photosynthesis, biomimics, and natural photosynthesis use semiconductors to capture light and fix ambient CO2. Artificial photosynthesis systems produce two types of fuels: hydrocarbons (methane, methanol, and formic acid) and pure hydrogen. Challenges… Continue reading…

How Wildfire Affects Tree Physiology

Wildfire effects on trees depend on fireline intensity and residence time and can occur from heat transfer or smoke. To understand how this process unfolds, we dive deep into the study of how wildfire affects tree physiology. Wildfire effects can be first-order or second-order and are evaluated based on carbon and water transport and are… Continue reading…

Fine Root Biomass Dynamics in Brackish Marsh Vegetation

In this article, we delve into a pivotal study conducted in the unique environment of a cool-temperate brackish marsh. The research, titled “Estimation of fine root biomass using a minirhizotron technique among three vegetation types in a cool-temperate brackish marsh,” offers crucial insights into the complex world beneath our feet – the intricate and often… Continue reading…

Advancing Agricultural Monitoring: A Look at UAV LiDAR and Multispectral Data Integration

Welcome to another exciting blog post where we explore the cutting-edge research that’s shaping the future of agriculture. Today, we’re diving into a fascinating study titled “Multiscale Inversion of Leaf Area Index in Citrus Tree by Merging UAV LiDAR with Multispectral Remote Sensing Data.” Conducted by a team of researchers led by Weicheng Xu and… Continue reading…

Shedding Light on Forest-Savanna Transitions: A Deep Look into Canopy Closure, Light Gradients, and Ecological Dynamics

Hello, ecology enthusiasts and curious minds! Today, we’re diving deep into a pivotal study reshaping our understanding of forest-savanna transitions titled “Steal the light: shade vs fire-adapted vegetation in forest–savanna mosaics” By Tristan Charles-Dominique, Guy F. Midgley, Kyle W. Tomlinson, and William J. Bond. Armed with a Plant Canopy Imager for Leaf Area Index (LAI)… Continue reading…

Plant Responses to Heat Stress

Heat stress affects crop development, growth, and productivity. Plants have adaptive responses for either avoidance or tolerance of heat stress. The plant responds to heat, which can be molecular, biochemical, cellular, physiological, and morphological, and is being used by scientists to develop new cultivars for the future. The increase in temperature due to climate change… Continue reading…

The Root Traits Reducing Landslide Susceptibility

Stabilization of slope hillsides is one of the crucial ecosystem functions of roots. Roots modify mechanical and hydrological soil properties to reduce landslide susceptibility, which is one of the main benefits of root traits reducing landslide susceptibility. Roots reinforce soil, provide structural support, deepen anchoring, and help to dry soils quickly after rains. Several underlying… Continue reading…

Root Systems and Resilience: Exploring the Minirhizotron’s Role in the Root2Res Project

We are thrilled to share this insightful video produced by Arvalis, which explores the critical role of root systems in addressing climate change. Utilizing our CI-600 Minirhizotron system, Arvalis has conducted pioneering research that delves into the heart of plant production. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in this project, from the researchers… Continue reading…

How to Measure 7 Types of Stress in Plants Using Leaf Spectroscopy

Leaf Spectroscopy can measure seven common stresses that crops encounter. The crop leaf stressors are drought, nutrient deficiency, temperature, pests, diseases, salinity, and herbicides. Spectral changes due to physiological, anatomical, and chemical alterations triggered by stress are used in its measurement. Various methods are visual, multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal imaging, and light interaction. Yield depends on… Continue reading…

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