History & Community

Soil microbes persist through National Mall facelift


It’s not every day United States history mixes with microbes in the soil. But when the turf on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Cultivating a city


Montreal: Famous for its churches, carriage rides…and urban agriculture.

Critical zone, critical research


The Earth’s critical zone isn’t called critical for nothing. Known as our planet’s outer skin, it is essential for human survival.

City of second chance soils


On the South Side of Chicago, East 87th Street ends in a gentle curve more suited to a suburban neighborhood than a gritty industrial area.

Not your grandfather’s cotton


Ah, soft, smooth cotton. We love it in our sheets, our tablecloths, and luxurious cotton shirts.

Digging in deep


College courses with active learning are common in subjects like physics and chemistry. The hands-on aspect of lab work creates a memorable, practical experience. But can it work elsewhere?

Velvet bean and maize: a green rotation


Recent research in Mexico suggests rotating the use of a local cover crop can improve soil fertility and yields of maize (corn) harvests.

Meet ICCA of the Year, John Heard: Scientist, educator, humorist


Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Pat Lynch was the first mentor to John Heard, winner of 2014’s International CCA of the Year Award.

Seed Central: Aiming to be the Silicon Valley of seed


Five years ago, François Korn was sitting in a board meeting of the Seed Biotechnology Center at the University of California, Davis (UC-Davis) when talk turned to exactly how many seed and

Feeding the World: Profile of a World Food Prize Winner


It has been said that plant breeding is both a science and an art.