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Adrian UncAdrian Unc, agronomist and soil scientist, is a professor at the Memorial University and affiliated with the McGill University. His early research (University of Guelph) was critical to the Inquiry into the contamination of municipal drinking water in Walkerton ON. At the New Mexico State University, he established a soil-plant relationship program for arid land soils and crops, work still going on in the Southwest US and Middle East. This research has shown that soil and plant microbiomes are essential for plant resilience climate stresses. He established the first Canadian graduate program focused on northern (Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences, BEAS). Currently he works on issues relevant to the fertility of northern soils, and the development of an integrated circumboreal research capacity to address the impact of climate change on northern agriculture and food security. Another New Mexico line of research, continuing today, is on decision support tools that facilitate the economical production of microalgae biomass under various conditions and for various bio-products.

 

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Vital soil organisms being harmed by pesticides, study shows

Earthworms, beetles, springtails and other organisms are the ‘unsung heroes’ that keep soils healthy and underpin all life on land. Pesticides are causing widespread damage to these tiny…

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Checking Out The Chips

Do wood chips really reduce weeding and helps soil retain moisture?   This online garden mentor set out to find out if they do.  Find out what she learned here on Meliissa’s blog:  …

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Foliar Spray To Feed Your Plants

Foliar spray is a great way to feed your garden.  This means spraying nutrients in a water solution on the leaves.  We have had great success using Brian Yager’s Seaweed Booster diluted as a…

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A Reliable Soil Mix For Your Greenhouse

In this short video, David Jason Goodyear, owner of the Homestead at Flatrock here in Newfoundland demonstrates how he mixes ingredients to create a reliable soil mix for his greenhouse growing…

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Soil pH And How To Understand It

This contributor to the wonderful tongue-in-cheek website Garden Rant has something new to teach us about soil pH (acidity/alkilinity). Organic gardener Phil Nauta wants us to understand that we need…

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What is Biochar?

Gardeners and farmers are learning how important carbon is to soil fertility.  By putting charcoal into the soil you can mimic nature and help restore your soil’s ability to retain moisture…

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Starting Out With No Dig Gardening

In this lovely, clear video the recognized master of no dig gardening Charles Dowding tells you, step by step, how to start your own no-dig garden, making easy to join the many gardeners who are…

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It’s Soil, Not Dirt

As a gardener and in the garden workshops I have been leading over the past eight years, I often hear people ask questions about dirt, meaning the ground in which we grow food. But if you call what…

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One Third Of US Midwest Topsoil Lost To Erosion

New research, reported in the Yale Environment Review reports one-third of the topsoil in the US Midwest and NE is now gone, lost to erosion, compaction and salination.    This has serious…

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Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture is all about soil: plants and animals putting carbon and nutrients back into degraded soil to rebuild life, absorb carbon and generate healthy food.    Australian farmers…

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