Tag: "decomposing" at biology news
Soils offer new hope as carbon sink
...il carbon emissions can be reduced because rapidly decomposing
carbon forms are being replaced by stable ones in the form of agrichar." Unfortunately, agrichar is not widely available. BEST Energies Australia, a company involved with NSW DPI in the trials, has a pilot plant at Gosford which is producing minim...
Sequencing of the oyster mushroom genome
...or degrading lignin found in agricultural waste or decomposing
wood in the natural environment, may be used for designing systems to enable the elimination of these contaminants from the environment. The oyster mushroom is also a fungus the cultivation of which is widespread and so the study of its genetic or...
Value of services performed by insects tops $57 billion in US
... did not include such important insect services as decomposing
carcasses, garbage and trees (thereby decreasing the likelihood of forest fires); producing honey, shellac, dyes and other products; being used in medicine or as a source of food for animals other than those used in hunting, fishing and birding; and ...
Amazon source of 5-year-old river breath
...y rains and groundwater into waterways from soils, decomposing
woody debris, leaf litter and other organic matter. Once in waterways it is chewed up by microorganisms, insects and fish. The carbon dioxide they generate quickly returns to the atmosphere, some 500 million tons a year, an amount equal to what is ab...
The secret lives of whales
... sunk to the seafloor. Known as whale falls, their decomposing
bodies and skeletons provide an energy source for specialized communities of animals that can last 50 to 100 years. Smith and his colleagues first happened upon a whale skeleton in 1987 while doing a deep-sea survey using the submersible Alvin. They...