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Indoor plants acidic soil

I have a ponytail tree plant. The new growth look anemic, pale and thin. And several leave have browned from the midway to the ends of the leaves. The stem is woody and firm. Though it is in a solid ...
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How do you test soil for the nutrients present in it? [closed]

I recently noticed that my rose garden has been in a very terrible state. The roses keep dying. I tested the soil for its pH and that was fine. Now I'm wondering how would I carry out a test to see ...
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Regarding Soil Topic Question [closed]

Which one is the most suitable soil for the growth of plants ? 1.Sandy soil 2.Loamy soil 3.Silty soil 4.Clayey soil This question was in my exam paper today and I marked clayey as the correct option....
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Can electricity be harvested from the soil around plants? [closed]

This is a rehash of a question I originally wrote on Skeptics which got moved to Physics, but I'm really after an answer from a biological perspective. A device called the E-Kaia is making news by ...
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Available soil water to plants

Textbooks say that when the water content of soil is greater than its field capacity, the water is not available to plants. Why? I know some plants can utilize water even from saturated soil, but for ...
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Requirements for soil sample transportation over long distance

I need to collected soil sample from agricultural area far away from my lab. It would required about a week for the sample to arrive to lab. I need the soil sample for genomic DNA isolation (...
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What bacteria shed harvestable energy from root zone organic matter?

I recently heard of a successful effort that harvests energy from soil at plants' bases due to apparently bacterial breakdown of wastes from the plants: Via photosynthesis a plant produces organic ...
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Crude oil contamination hazard

I'm not sure if this is physics, biology or chemistry related so I will start here. I'm from a city (Baku, Azerbaijan) where crude oil is known to be extracted since ancient times. Oil is no longer ...
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What are the pros and cons of eating earth (soil)?

I wonder if there are any benefits to eat earth. What I mean by earth is the topsoil that is sometimes on vegetable (I eat organic vegetables and some of them like spinach are full of topsoil). I ...
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How Do Acid and Base Loving Plants Get Enough PO4?

Acidic and Basic soils experience phosphate sequestration through binding with either calcium, aluminum, or iron. How do plant that thrive in acidic and basic soils obtain the necessary phosphate? ...
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Any food crops that could grow in a desert provided that they get fertilizer and water

I am working on an idea to provide nearly unlimited amounts of water in desert regions. To make this commercially viable. I would use the water to irrigate desert sand and grow crops. Given my ...