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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

Fleeting Fruit in a Tropical Forest

Jan. 28, 2016 — To find energy-rich food, like tropical ripe fruit, is a challenge for chimpanzees, say scientists. A new study reports which cognitive strategies chimpanzees can use to gain privileged access to the ... read more

New Models Better Predict Field Working Days

Jan. 28, 2016 — Farmers and crop insurers depend on seasonal predictions of weather and soil workability to select appropriate cultivars, make decisions about planting and harvest dates, forecast yield, and ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Andean beans (for example, red kidney beans) were overlooked by researchers because other beans were easier to breed. However, researchers took notice of the Andean bean. They recognized its ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — As tropical forests become increasingly broken up by roads, farm fields, pastures and other developments, corridors of trees provide vital pathways for pollinators and contribute to a rich diversity ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — A central challenge of transgenic plant development has been addressed by a new study: how to reliably evaluate whether genetic material has been successfully introduced. Researchers compared the ... read more

Virologists Investigating Novel Applications for Viruses

Jan. 26, 2016 — Viruses can be classified in a completely new way based on viral structures, new research suggests. A better understanding of how viruses work can help open up new applications for viruses in the ... read more

Scientists Demonstrate Key Aspect of Evolutionary Theory

Jan. 26, 2016 — Evolutionary theory predicts that pairs of chromosomes within asexual organisms will evolve independently of each other and become increasingly different over time in a phenomenon called the ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Weeds are a major scourge for organic growers, who often must invest in multiple control methods to protect crop yields. A relatively new weed control method known as abrasive weeding, or 'weed ... read more

Toward Consistently Good Pinot Noir

Jan. 20, 2016 — The grapes used to make pinot noir, the red wine of hit comedy 'Sideways' fame, are known to be literally and figuratively thin-skinned. They're highly sensitive to their environment, ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — Early human agriculture cancelled natural cooling of Earth's climate, new ice core data and other evidence confirm. Earth naturally cycles between cool glacial periods and warmer interglacial ... read more

New Mechanism Controlling Plant Root Development Uncovered

Jan. 19, 2016 — A new cell division regulator that shapes plant root systems has been uncovered by researchers. These findings could lead to new techniques to improve root architecture in favor of higher crop ... read more

Eating Less Meat Might Not Be the Way to Go Green, Say Researchers

Jan. 19, 2016 — Reduced meat consumption might not lower greenhouse gas emissions from one of the world's biggest beef producing regions, new research has ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — A group of genes necessary for plants to form beneficial relationships with nutrient-bearing soil fungi has been uncovered by a team of scientists. They compared the genomes of plants that form these ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Nematodes, an abundant group of roundworms that exist in nearly every habitat, have long been used as model organisms for studying the function of neurons -- the basic unit of animal nervous systems. ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — A new study finds that urban crops in Seattle could only feed between 1 and 4 percent of the city's population, even if all viable backyard and public green spaces were converted to growing ... read more

Taoyuan No. 3: New High-Yield Lettuce for Subtropical Regions

Jan. 13, 2016 — A new high-yielding lettuce cultivar for subtropical regions was developed by introducing the high growth rate trait from romaine lettuce 'Jhih Li Wo' into high-yielding Batavia lettuce ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — Discerning consumers are seeking out alternatives to basic white bread. They are turning to Old World grains like spelt, emmer, and einkorn. However, reviving ancient grains in modern times ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — Modifying the structure of poplar wood can also alter the endosphere microbiome, the bacteria that reside inside tree tissue, new research shows. In this study, the researchers looked into how trees ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — A research team is looking at how adding alum as an amendment to poultry litter reduces ammonia and greenhouse gas concentrations and emissions, specifically carbon dioxide, in poultry ... read more

Grazing Towards Sustainability

Jan. 12, 2016 — The benefits of utilizing pasture and robust cows over high-yield, intensive systems will be the focus of a seminar. An important part of this work is the collaboration not just with scientists but ... read more

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