SoilMate’s Weekly News Digest #24
Research: satellite data show that clouds will increase global warming
The research by scientists at Imperial College London and the University of East Anglia discovered that clouds would increase global warming in the long term, further amplifying climate change.
Low clouds have a cooling effect, as they prevent the sun from reaching the ground. However, high clouds have a heating effect because, while they allow solar energy to reach the ground, the energy emitted back from the Earth is different. This energy can be captured by clouds, amplifying the greenhouse effect. Consequently, the type and number of clouds will influence further warming potential. They found that it is highly likely (more than 97.5% probability) that clouds would increase global warming, reflecting less solar radiation and amplifying the greenhouse effect.
Algae biofertilizer increases plant productivity up to 10%
The bioactive material produced by algae, known as “blue-green” (Cyanophyta), can increase the development of plants such as soybean and corn up to 10%. The product developed by Embrapa Energia and Dimiagro contains this microorganism, which sends a chemical signal to support physiological processes in vegetables, resulting in increased productivity. The tests showed that under controlled conditions in the greenhouse, the production of soybean and corn improved significantly. Bioactive product is also suitable for periods of high plant energy consumption, as it guarantees additional inputs of necessary nutrients into critical phases such as flowering periods.
Research: plant residues are critical for carbon storage
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Munich argue for the potential to let the crop residues rot in the fields. Their study shows that plant residues play a significant role in soil carbon accumulation and sequestration. Research shows that plant residue themselves can store carbon, and possibly for longer than previously assumed. It is because many crucial processes occur directly on the surface of these crop residues.
Plant tissues already contain carbon absorbed by plants from the atmosphere during photosynthesis. When plants rot, carbon can be transported to the soil in a variety of ways.
The 2nd Global Biocontrol Summit will take place virtually in fall 2021
Following the first Global Biocontrol Summit, held in April 2021, organizers are holding a second such event, which will take place almost on 13 and 14 October 2021 under the theme: A Strategic Discussion on the Commercialization and Technological Developments of Bioproducts.
The summit will focus on the significant growth of the bio-product market over the past few years and will examine the crucial role of technology in sustainable agriculture. Global Biocontrol Summit will bring together key industry representatives from the biocontrol, biostimulant, and biofertilizer sectors to discuss and share knowledge on recent innovations, new technologies affecting the bioproduct sector, regulations, financing and investment opportunities, as well as major obstacles and challenges.