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CU-Boulder-led Team Gets First Look at Diverse Life Below Rare Tallgrass Prairies

Published: October 31, 2013.
By University of Colorado at Boulder

America's once-abundant tallgrass prairies—which have all but disappeared—were home to dozens of species of grasses that could grow to the height of a man, hundreds of species of flowers, and herds of roaming bison.

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Running Really Can Keep You Young, Says CU-Boulder-Humboldt State Study
If you are an active senior who wants to stay younger, keep on running. A new study involving the University of Colorado Boulder and Humboldt State University shows that senior citizens who run several times a week for exercise expend about the same amount of energy walking as a typical 20-year-old.
Mindfulness Techniques Can Help Protect Pregnant Women Against Depression
Pregnant women with histories of major depression are about 40 percent less likely to relapse into depression if they practice mindfulness techniques--such as meditation, breathing exercises and yoga--along with cognitive therapy, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.
Pain from Rejection And Physical Pain May Not Be So Similar After All
Over the last decade, neuroscientists have largely come to believe that physical pain and social pain are processed by the brain in the same way. But a new study led by the University of Colorado shows that the two kinds of pain actually use distinct neural circuits, a finding that could lead to more targeted treatments and a better understanding of how the two kinds of pain interact.
Major Class of Fracking Chemicals No More Toxic Than Common Household Substances
The "surfactant" chemicals found in samples of fracking fluid collected in five states were no more toxic than substances commonly found in homes, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Facial Structure Predicts Goals, Fouls among World Cup Soccer Players
The structure of a soccer player's face can predict his performance on the field--including his likelihood of scoring goals, making assists and committing fouls--according to a study led by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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Microbes in Central Park Soil: If They Can Make It There, They Can Make It Anywhere
By University of Colorado at Boulder
Soil microbes that thrive in the deserts, rainforests, prairies and forests of the world can also be found living beneath New York City's Central Park, according to a surprising …
Understanding Plant-soil Interaction Could Lead to New Ways to Combat Weeds
By University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
URBANA, Ill. – Using high-powered DNA-based tools, a recent study at the University of Illinois identified soil microbes that negatively affect ragweed and provided a new understanding of the …

It Takes a Community of Soil Microbes to Protect Plants from Disease
By Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Why Crop Rotation Works
By Norwich BioScience Institutes
Crop rotation has been used since Roman times to improve plant nutrition and to control the spread of disease. A new study to be published in Nature's 'The ISME …
Some Trees 'Farm' Bacteria to Help Supply Nutrients
By American Society for Microbiology
Some trees growing in nutrient-poor forest soil may get what they need by cultivating specific root microbes to create compounds they require. These microbes are exceptionally efficient at turning …
Spring's Rising Soil Temperatures See Hormones Wake Seeds from Their Winter Slumber
By University of Warwick
Dormant seeds in the soil detect and respond to seasonal changes in soil temperature by changing their sensitivity to plant hormones, new research by the University of Warwick has …
Focused Warfare on Weeds
Weed-killer consumption could be cut in half if farmers sprayed it only on weed-infested areas instead of wasting these chemicals by spraying whole fields. …
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