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Coverage of forest soils since October 15, 2020.

Letter: It's not all about humans

"...1. “What about areas which will never or very seldom be visited?” This question demonstrates the idea that humans are the species, above all, that matter. We need to learn that ecosystems need to be protected for the well-being of the species that inhabit them, that depend on them, not those that may visit them..."

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Have food waste? Let worms create compost for you in this indoor habitat

"...“Once we have some more respect for our food, we realize the importance of composting, the importance of not wasting food, and thinking how we can be better stewards of the land,” says Mesiwala..."

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Nanaimo's $82-million pollution control centre upgrade now complete

"...The centre adds secondary wastewater treatment and “uses the solids and biogas produced during primary and secondary treatment to improve local environments and supplement plant operations. Solids that are extracted during the treatment process are treated further and used to enrich forest soils and reclaim industrial sites,” the release notes..."

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RDN says $82M pollution control centre upgrade now complete

"...In a press release, the RDN said the project, the largest capital expenditure in its history, adds secondary treatment to the centre’s current wastewater treatment and “uses the solids and biogas produced during primary and secondary treatment to improve local environments and supplement plant operations. Solids that are extracted during the treatment process are treated further and used to enrich forest soils and reclaim industrial sites. ”..."

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New documentation: Old-growth forest carbon sinks overestimated

"..."The climate mitigation effect of unmanaged forests with trees more than 200 years old is estimated to be at least one-third too high--and is based solely upon their own data, which, incidentally, is subject to great uncertainty. Thus, the basis for the article's conclusions is very problematic," explains Professor Per Gundersen, of the University of Copenhagen's Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management..."

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RUDN University biologists studied the effect of jungles on global warming

"...Although the share of methane in the atmosphere is relatively small (less than 1%), its contribution to the greenhouse effect is 20 to 30 times bigger than that of the same amount of carbon dioxide. The tropics are one of the main sources of methane. Previously, soil scientists used to focus only on swampy tropical areas, because methane-producing microorganisms live and multiply in the anaerobic conditions of swamps..."

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Scientists look to soils to learn how forests affect air quality, climate change

"...Not all tree species, however, perform these services similarly, and some of the strongest impacts that trees have on ecosystems occur below the surface, away from the eyes of observers. This complicates efforts to predict what will happen as tree species shift owing to pests, pathogens, and climate change as well as to predict which species are most beneficial in reforestation efforts..."

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Letter: Concerns regarding EcoSociety

"...I have some concerns about the recent hype and media coverage from West Kootenay EcoSociety "100% Renewable Energy Plan", that is being brought by the NGO before a number of local municipalities for adoption..."

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RUDN University Soil Scientist: Deforestation Affects the Bacterial Composition of the Soil

"..."The diversity of soil microorganisms doesn't necessarily reduce as a result of forest conversion. However, bacterial communities undergo massive transformations. The bacteria that used to dominate in forest soils can almost disappear after deforestation and planting of crops..."

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Invisible fungi revealed by their genetic material

"...How can new life forms that we cannot see be discovered? Using a novel method based on looking for DNA in soil samples, researchers at Uppsala University have revealed the existence of two hitherto unknown, but very common fungus species. They are thought to perform a key function in the ecosystem, but their exact role remains to be clarified. The study is published in the journal IMA Fungus..."

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FOREST INK: Long-term, positive results using an organic approach

"...Their findings were described as follows: “We found that a single (one-time) application of compost doubled forage production (increasing 40 to 70 per cent) and soil C sequestration (on average one ton/hectare) over three years on both coastal (wet) and Sierra Foothill (dry) Mediterranean grassland systems. Compost decomposition provides a slow-release fertilizer to the soils, leading to increases in carbon sequestration and plant production. Net ecosystem C storage increased by 25 to 70 per cent without including the direct addition of compost C, while compost had no effect on nitrous oxide N2O or CH4 emissions..."

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Trees prefer the big city life

"..."We have different levels of nitrogen deposition due to fumes from vehicle tailpipes, construction materials are adding excess calcium into forest soils, carbon dioxide levels are elevated because of population density, and we have impervious surfaces like roads and buildings that are holding heat and warming up the city in a phenomenon we call urban heat island," said Covel McDermot, a University of Delaware alumnus and co-author of the study. "Our goal was to evaluate health and stress-indicating compounds in the leaves of red maple trees that face these conditions in forests embedded in a large, heavily urbanized city versus a small, fairly urbanized city. "..."

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Ms. Pipa Elias: Non-Operator Landowners – Opportunities for Engagement on Soil Health (updated)

"...Elias joined The Nature Conservancy in 2014 as a Senior Policy Advisor for land use and climate change and has published more than a dozen reports on sustainable forestry and agriculture related to climate mitigation..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Ms. Pipa Elias: Non-Operator Landowners – Opportunities for Engagement on Soil Health

"...Elias joined The Nature Conservancy in 2014 as a Senior Policy Advisor for land use and climate change and has published more than a dozen reports on sustainable forestry and agriculture related to climate mitigation..."

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Temporal soil enzyme patterns provide new insights into the nutrient economy of acidic hardwood forests

"...Ecosystem nutrient economies are commonly studied from the perspective of primary productivity in relation to nutrient availability, but a plant-specific view limits our ability to predict broader-scale patterns related to nutrient economics, such as ecosystem carbon turnover and storage controlled by soil microbial communities..."

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Land-use type, and land management and disturbance affect soil ? 15 N: a review

"...Purpose We compared the patterns of natural abundance of nitrogen (N) isotope ratio (?15N) of total soil N among cropland, forest, and grassland soils, with special interests in the effects of farming system on cropland and grassland, and climate zone on forest soils, as well as the general effect of land-use change and site disturbance..."

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Estimation of soil carbon pools in the forests of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

"...An effective climate change mitigation strategy involves limiting the emissions of greenhouse gases from soils..."

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Divergent drivers determine soil bacterial β-diversity of forest and grassland ecosystems in Northwest China

"...We found the significant distance-decay relationships in both two ecosystems, whereas more species turnover correlating with geographic distance was observed in forest ecosystems than grassland ecosystem, and the slope in the forest was significantly steeper than that in grassland..."

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Effects of root dominate over aboveground litter on soil microbial biomass in global forest ecosystems

"...Conclusions These data provide a global evidence that root litter inputs exert a larger control on microbial biomass than aboveground litter inputs in forest ecosystems..."

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The long-term fate of deposited nitrogen in temperate forest soils

"...Increased anthropogenic nitrogen (N) inputs can alter the N cycle and affect forest ecosystem functions..."

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Plastic contamination of forest, urban, and agricultural soils: a case study of Yeoju City in the Republic of Korea

"...The use of mulching film as a source of PE and PP presents particular concern in terms of the effects of microplastic contamination on soil quality, health, and functionality in agroecosystems..."

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Land-use impact on porosity and water retention of soils rich in rock fragments

"...Finally, although the irreversible increase in rock fragment content in the abandoned soil has negative impact on agricultural use, the coarse fragment influence on macro-pore volume is positive and this increases soil infiltration capacity and reduces surface runoff and soil erosion, as confirmed in the literature review..."

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Increasing soil organic carbon and nitrogen stocks along with secondary forest succession in permafrost region of the Daxing&rsq

"...The result is of great significance for understanding the simultaneous effects of forest succession and climate change, and improving forest resource management measures and strategies in permafrost region..."

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Seven years of wetter and delayed wet season enhanced soil methane uptake during the dry season in a tropical monsoon forest

"...Tropical monsoon forest soils have the potential to mitigate global warming by removing methane (CH4) from the atmosphere, yet whether this function would be altered under future precipitation regimes remains unclear..."

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Effects of soil organism interactions and temperature on carbon use efficiency in three different forest soils

"...The results showed that microbial biomass and CUE were significantly higher, but microbial respiration lower in the subtropical and temperate forest soils than in tropical forest soil..."

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