“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ― Carl Sagan Current Biology

24th September 2013

Photo with 53 notes

Misgivings About How a Weed Killer Affects the Soil (NY Times)
“Because glyphosate moves into the soil from the plant, it seems to affect the rhizosphere, the ecology around the root zone, which in turn can affect plant health,” said Robert Kremer, a scientist at the United States Agriculture Department, who has studied the impact of glyphosate on soybeans for more than a decade and has warned of the herbicide’s impact on soil health.
In some studies, scientists have found that a big selling point for the pesticide — that it binds tightly to minerals in the soil, like calcium, boron and manganese, thus preventing runoff — also means it competes with plants for those nutrients. Other research indicates that glyphosate can alter the mix of bacteria and fungi that interact with plant root systems, making them more susceptible to parasites and pathogens.
The roots appear healthier on the conventionally raised plant, right. David Eggen for The New York Times

Misgivings About How a Weed Killer Affects the Soil (NY Times)


“Because glyphosate moves into the soil from the plant, it seems to affect the rhizosphere, the ecology around the root zone, which in turn can affect plant health,” said Robert Kremer, a scientist at the United States Agriculture Department, who has studied the impact of glyphosate on soybeans for more than a decade and has warned of the herbicide’s impact on soil health.

In some studies, scientists have found that a big selling point for the pesticide — that it binds tightly to minerals in the soil, like calcium, boron and manganese, thus preventing runoff — also means it competes with plants for those nutrients. Other research indicates that glyphosate can alter the mix of bacteria and fungi that interact with plant root systems, making them more susceptible to parasites and pathogens.

The roots appear healthier on the conventionally raised plant, right.
David Eggen for The New York Times

Tagged: Weed killerGMOGlyphosateSoilRootsMicrobiomePlantsCropsBiologyScience

()

  1. cosmic-sentience reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  2. heliumkisses reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  3. pizzaxpunkx reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  4. secretporcupine reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  5. iarrthoireolais reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  6. standforfood reblogged this from timberpress
  7. uwcdoverbiosoc reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  8. lost-in-wnderland reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  9. oursideofthemountain reblogged this from timberpress
  10. faolinnfaustulusfaust reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  11. miniry reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  12. whatafad reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  13. unbelievablyimpossible reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  14. fullofdreamsyouoverslept reblogged this from timberpress
  15. timberpress reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  16. bandit1a reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  17. eternalacademic reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  18. marypatriciaceciliadisney reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  19. merfymouse reblogged this from stairwayspiral
  20. stairwayspiral reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  21. nicisthedoctor reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  22. heysnap reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  23. imaginarygiraffe reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  24. tangelas-boots reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  25. thewickedwizardofoz reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  26. kammartinez reblogged this from currentsinbiology