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Published March 17, 2014, 09:35 AM

Microdosing improves productivity in crops

URBANA, Ill. — Crop yields in the fragile semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe have been declining as a result of a decline in soil fertility resulting from mono-cropping, lack of fertilizer and other factors. In collaboration with the Internat- ional Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, University of Illinois researchers evaluated the use of a precision farming technique called “microdosing,” its effect on food security and its ability to improve yield at a low cost to farmers.

By: Debra Levey Larson, University of Illinois

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