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News From the Field
Deep, Permeable Soils Buffer Impacts of Crop Fertilizer on Amazon Streams, MBL Study Finds

April 23, 2013

rain over a soybean field A Marine Biological Laboratory study in the fast-changing southern Amazon--a region marked by widespread replacement of native forest by cattle ranches and croplands--suggests that some of the damaging impacts of agricultural fertilization on local streams may be buffered by the deep, highly permeable soils that characterize large areas of the expanding cropland. Full Story

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