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Heinz-Josef Koch, Kerrin Trimpler, Anna Jacobs, Nicol Stockfisch
In Europe, the framework for sugar beet ( Beta vulgaris L.) production was subject to considerable changes and for the future it is expected that sugar beet cultivation might concentrate around the sugar factories for economic reasons. Based on data from a national sugar beet farmers' survey and multi-year crop rotation trials, the effects of cropping interval (number of years in between two subsequent sugar beet crops) and of preceding crops on sugar yield were elucidated under current Central European management conditions...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Ariel N Rivers, Christina A Mullen, Mary E Barbercheck
Agricultural practices affect arthropod communities and, therefore, have the potential to influence the activities of arthropods. We evaluated the effect of cover crop species and termination timing on the activity of ground-dwelling predatory arthropods in a corn-soybean-wheat rotation in transition to organic production in Pennsylvania, United States. We compared two cover crop treatments: 1) hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth) planted together with triticale (×Triticosecale Wittmack) after wheat harvest, and 2) cereal rye (Secale cereale Linnaeus) planted after corn harvest...
January 29, 2018: Environmental Entomology
Adnan Šišić, Jelena Baćanović-Šišić, Petr Karlovsky, Raphaël Wittwer, Florian Walder, Enio Campiglia, Emanuele Radicetti, Hanna Friberg, Jörg Peter Baresel, Maria R Finckh
Leguminous cover crop and living mulch species show not only great potential for providing multiple beneficial services to agro-ecosystems, but may also present pathological risks for other crops in rotations through shared pathogens, especially those of the genus Fusarium. Disease severity on roots of subterranean clover, white clover, winter and summer vetch grown as cover crop and living mulch species across five European sites as well as the frequency, distribution and aggressiveness to pea of Fusarium spp...
2018: PloS One
Tiehu He, Deyan Liu, Junji Yuan, Jiafa Luo, Stuart Lindsey, Nanthi Bolan, Weixin Ding
The effects of biochar combined with the urease inhibitor, hydroquinone, and nitrification inhibitor, dicyandiamide, on gaseous nitrogen (N2O, NO and NH3) emissions and wheat yield were examined in a wheat crop cultivated in a rice-wheat rotation system in the Taihu Lake region of China. Eight treatments comprised N fertilizer at a conventional application rate of 150kgNha-1 (CN); N fertilizer at an optimal application rate of 125kgNha-1 (ON); ON+wheat-derived biochar at rates of 7.5 (ONB1) and 15tha-1 (ONB2); ON+nitrification and urease inhibitors (ONI); ONI+wheat-derived biochar at rates of 7...
February 8, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Tengfei Guo, Qian Zhang, Chao Ai, Guoqing Liang, Ping He, Wei Zhou
Litter bag method was conducted to investigate the decomposition characteristics of rice straw (6000 kg ha-1) and its associated microbial community under different nitrogen (N) addition rates (0, 90, 180 and 270 kg N ha-1) under double-rice rotation. Generally, straw mass reduction and nutrient release of rice straw were faster in early stage of decomposition (0-14 days after decomposition), when easily-utilized carbohydrates and amines were the preferential substrates for involved decomposers. Straw-associated N-acetyl-glucosamidase and L-leucine aminopeptidase activities, which were higher under 180 and 270 kg N ha-1 addition, showed more activities in the early stage of decomposition...
January 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
Liyue Guo, Mahmud Abdimuratovich Muminov, Guanglei Wu, Xiaotian Liang, Caihong Li, Jie Meng, Lijun Li, Da Cheng, Yanjie Song, Xian Gu, Jianshe Zhao, Gaoming Jiang
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, physical methods such as insect-trapping to control pests are being paid more and more attentions. In order to make clear how to combine pesticides with insect-trapping lamp reasonably and how much pesticide amount can be cut down, five treatments: (1) CK, only used pesticides; (2) LM, only used insect-trapping lamp; (3) LM1, insect-trapping lamp + one time pesticides (4) LM2, insect-trapping lamp + two times pesticides; (5) LM3, insect-trapping lamp + three times pesticides were arranged in a winter wheat -summer maize rotation system of Eastern China...
January 27, 2018: Pest Management Science
Xiangbi Chen, Yajun Hu, Shuzhen Feng, Yichao Rui, Zhenhua Zhang, Hongbo He, Xinhua He, Tida Ge, Jinshui Wu, Yirong Su
Incorporation of crop residues is essential to enhance soil organic matter in arable ecosystems. Here, we monitored the dynamics of cellulose and lignin, the most abundant constituents of plant residues, and their relationships with enzyme activities, microbial gene abundances and soil properties after 13-year long-term and one-year short-term crop straw incorporation into upland and upland-paddy soils in a field-based experiment. Lignin, rather than cellulose, accumulated in both soils following straw incorporation...
January 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lei Wang, Lianqing Li, Kun Cheng, Chunying Ji, Qian Yue, Rongjun Bian, Genxing Pan
Biochar soil amendment had been increasingly advocated for improving crop productivity and reducing carbon footprint in agriculture worldwide. However, the long-term benefits of biochar application with farming systems had not been thoroughly understood. This study quantified and assessed emergy, energy, and economic benefits of rice and wheat production throughout 6 rotation years following a single biochar amendment in a rice paddy from Southeastern China. Using the data from farm inventory, the quantified emergy indices included grain outputs, unit emergy value, and relative percentage of free renewable resources, environmental loading ratio, emergy yield ratio, and emergy sustainability index (ESI)...
January 24, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Andressa Lima de Brida, Érika Cristina Souza da Silva Correia, Bárbara Monteiro de Castro E Castro, José Cola Zanuncio, Sílvia Renata Siciliano Wilcken
Meloidogyne spp. are the most economically important species of plant-pathogenic nematodes. Plant resistance and crop rotation are the main nematode management methods. Thus, the objective was to evaluate the resistance of seven wheat genotypes, five oat genotypes, ten sorghum hybrids, and three sorghum-sudangrass genotypes to Meloidogyne incognita and Meloidogyne javanica. The crops were sowed in pots with an autoclaved substrate. A single plant/pot was left after thinning. The soil was infested with 5,000 eggs of the studied nematodes...
December 2017: Journal of Nematology
Zhang Wei, Du Yu
The present study aimed to identify the structural succession of the bacteria community in soil during long-term continuous cotton cropping and its relationship with continuous cropping obstacles in Xinjiang, China. High-throughput sequencing was used to analyze and compare the composition of the bacterial community in the soil at the cotton root zone after years of continuous cotton cropping and crop rotation over 30 years of cultivation. Cotton cultivation increased the structural diversity of the bacterial community, among which the populations of Actinobacteria, Acidobacteria, Firmicutes, Nitrospirae, and Chloroflexi changed considerably...
January 19, 2018: Archives of Microbiology
Punhoon Khan Korai, Xin Xia, Xiaoyu Liu, Rongjun Bian, Morris Oduor Omondi, Alphonse Nahayo, Genxing Pan
The role of extractable pool of biochar in crop productivity and soil greenhouse gas (GHGs) emission is not yet clear. In this study, two biochars with and without extraction was added to a paddy before rice transplantation at 20 t·ha-1. Crop yield, plant traits and greenhouse gas emission monitored throughout a rice-wheat rotation. Between the biochar treatments, changes in bulk density and microbial biomass carbon were insignificant. However, the increase in organic carbon was similar between maize and wheat biochars while higher under bulk wheat biochar than extracted one...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Souvik Kumar Paul, Saikat Chakraborty
Sunn hemp fibre - a cellulose-rich crystalline non-food energy crop, containing 75.6% cellulose, 10.05% hemicellulose, 10.32% lignin, with high crystallinity (80.17%) and degree of polymerization (650) - is identified as a new non-food substrate for lignocellulosic biofuel production. Microwave irradiation is employed to rapidly rupture the cellulose's glycosidic bonds and enhance glucose yield to 78.7% at 160 °C in only 46 min. The reactants - long-chain cellulose, ionic liquid, transition metal catalyst, and water - form a polar supramolecular complex that rotates under the microwave's alternating polarity and rapidly dissipates the electromagnetic energy through molecular collisions, thus accelerating glycosidic bond breakage...
January 3, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Hongyuan Wang, Dan Zhang, Yitao Zhang, Limei Zhai, Bin Yin, Feng Zhou, Yucong Geng, Junting Pan, Jiafa Luo, Baojing Gu, Hongbin Liu
Excessive nitrogen (N) fertilizers are often used in China, and a large proportion of the N can be lost as ammonia (NH3). However, quantifying the NH3 emission from paddy fields is always affected by large uncertainties due to different measuring methods and other factors such as climate. In this study, using a standardized method, we measured the NH3 emissions in three typical annual rice cropping systems: single rice, double rice and rotation with other crops. The measurements were conducted for 2 years with a total of 3131 observations across China...
January 8, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Upendra M Sainju, Andrew W Lenssen, Brett L Allen, William B Stevens, Jalal D Jabro
Information on the long-term effect of management practices on soil C and N stocks is lacking. An experiment was conducted from 2004 to 2011 in the northern Great Plains, USA to examine the effects of tillage, crop rotation, and cultural practice on annualized crop residue (stems + leaves) returned to the soil and grain yield, and soil total C (STC) and total N (STN) stocks at the 0-120 cm depth. Tillage practices were no-tillage (NT) and conventional tillage (CT) and crop rotations were continuous spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L...
December 2017: Heliyon
Christine M Jones, Benjamin Roth, Ana M Mercado, Kathy A Russell, John Daskalogiannakis, Thomas D Samson, Ronald R Hathaway, Andrea Smith, Donald R Mackay, Ross E Long
This study was conducted to determine if nasolabial appearance is rated with comparable results and reliability on 3-dimensional stereophotogrammetric facial images versus standard clinical photographs (2-dimensional). Twenty-seven consecutively treated patients with repaired complete unilateral cleft lip and palate were selected. Six trained and calibrated raters assessed cropped 2- and 3-dimensional facial images. Nasolabial profile, nasolabial frontal, and vermillion border esthetics were rated with the 5-point scale described by Asher-McDade using the modified Q-sort method...
January 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Yuxin Tong, Jianguo Liu, Xiaolin Li, Jing Sun, Anna Herzberger, Dan Wei, Weifeng Zhang, Zhengxia Dou, Fusuo Zhang
Land use change driven by diet, globalization, and technology advancement have greatly influenced agricultural production and environment in the mollisols region of China, with a marked impact on the depletion of soil organic matter, a signature property of mollisols. Here we report findings on soil organic carbon (SOC) change in three different cropping systems (soybean, soybean/maize, corn) in Northeast China during a 10-year time span. The results indicated that the decline rate of SOC in recent ten years (0...
December 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Fatemeh Hashemi, Jørgen E Olesen, Anne L Hansen, Christen D Børgesen, Tommy Dalgaard
Nutrient loss from agriculture is the largest source of diffuse water pollution in Denmark. To reduce nutrient loads a number of solutions have been implemented, but this has been insufficient to achieve the environmental objectives without unacceptable repercussions for agricultural production. This has substantiated the need to develop a new approach to achieve nitrogen (N) load reduction to the aquatic environments with lower costs to farmers. The new approach imply targeting N leaching mitigation to those parts of the landscape which contribute most to the N-loadings...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Laure Nitschelm, Virginie Parnaudeau, Francoise Vertès, Hayo M G van der Werf, Michael S Corson, Valerie Viaud, Joel Aubin, Christian Walter
In life cycle assessment (LCA), simple models are currently used to estimate cropping system nitrogen (N) emissions on farms. At large spatial scales (e.g., countries), these models are valid. At a smaller spatial scale (e.g., territories), these models may be less accurate, since they completely or partially ignore local conditions such as management practices, soil or climate. The purpose of this study was to consider the variability of those factors when estimating N emissions in LCA at the watershed scale...
December 14, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Ademir de Oliveira Ferreira, Telmo Jorge Carneiro Amado, Charles W Rice, Dorivar A Ruiz Diaz, Clever Briedis, Thiago Massao Inagaki, Daniel Ruiz Potma Gonçalves
In a climate change scenario, it is important to understand the factors that lead to changes in a soil carbon (C) sink. It is recognized that such process is highly dependent on climate, soil properties, topography, and vegetation. However, few studies demonstrate how these mechanisms operate in highly weathered Oxisols. Therefore, this study evaluated the driving factors for C recovery and accumulation and its relations with fertility attributes in the soil profile (0 to 1m depth) in no-till (NT) croplands of south Brazil...
May 1, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Shuyan Li, Jijin Li, Bangxi Zhang, Danyang Li, Guoxue Li, Yangyang Li
The effect of chicken manure after different disposal methods (water-logged composting, GOF; anaerobic digestion, BR; thermophilic composting, ROF) on vegetable growth and environmental risk was investigated under the tomato-celery-tomato field. Results showed that organic fertilizers significantly increased vegetable yield and quality, but with inappropriate application may cause serious environmental risk such as nitrate pollution. Maximum vegetable yield of 80.9, 68.3, 112.7 t·ha-1 (first, second and third rotation crop, respectively) with best vegetable quality was obtained in ROF treatment...
December 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
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