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September 3, 2015

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September 3, 2015

Use of Ozone-Tolerant Cultivars Can Enhance India's Food Security

Aug. 31, 2015 — India's bread basket, the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP), have been classified as a "hot spot" for air pollution. A recent study highlights the current status of ozone research in the IGP ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — White-tailed eagles detect and avoid the ingestion of large metal particles (larger than 8 mm) but ignore smaller metal particles whilst feeding on shot mammalian carcasses. Lead-based bullets split ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — Entomologists in Texas got a whiff of a new stink bug doing economic damage to soybeans in Texas and are developing ways to help farmers combat it, according to a new ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — A bacterial infection turns non-farming social amoebae into farmers, evolutionary biologists ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — Researchers studying plants, ants, birds, dung beetles and orchid bees in the Brazilian Amazon have found clear evidence that deforestation causes drastic loss of tropical forest ... read more

Demand for Coffee Can Create Ecological, Economic Rift With Poorer Nations

Aug. 23, 2015 — The explosion in worldwide coffee consumption in the past two decades has generally not benefitted farmers of coffee beans in poorer nations along the ... read more

Aug. 22, 2015 — According to a new study, people are shopping farmers markets and joining food coops at record numbers because they enjoy knowing who grows their food. These so-called 'locavores' are also ... read more

Aug. 21, 2015 — A molecular approach has been used to identify the protein responsible for germination of Striga seeds through visualization by green fluorescence. Striga, a parasitic plant known as witchweed has ... read more

Genetic Modification: 'The Most Critical Technology' for Feeding the World

Aug. 20, 2015 — A former adviser to the US Secretary of State says that genetic modification is the most critical technology in agriculture for meeting the challenges of feeding a growing global ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — Scientists are cleaning soil contaminated by oil spills in a way that saves energy and reclaims the soil's fertility, using a process known as pyrolysis, which involves heating contaminated ... read more

Grape Waste Could Make Competitive Biofuel

Aug. 20, 2015 — Global wine production leaves an estimated 13 million tonnes of grape marc waste each year. Now researchers are suggesting that this solid waste left over from wine-making could make a competitive ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Plants and animals, including humans, are not autonomous individuals but are holobionts: biomolecular networks that consist of visible hosts plus millions of invisible microbes, recent ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — An international research team has some good news for the struggling honeybee, and the millions of people who depend on them to pollinate crops and other plants. These valuable pollinators have faced ... read more

Work on Barren Soil May Bear Fruit

Aug. 19, 2015 — Scientists have made significant progress in determining what causes soil acidification -- a discovery that could assist in turning back the clock on degraded ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — Rice plants stress in heat, but they can't go indoors. And for rice farmers, that means lower yield and quality. So find out what scientists are doing about ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — A multifaceted farming intervention can reduce food insecurity while improving HIV outcomes in patients in Kenya, according to a randomized, controlled ... read more

Foresight Food Security: From Hunger, Poverty to Food System Approach

Aug. 18, 2015 — Long considered in relation to malnutrition and humanitarian aid, food security policy should be moving towards a much broader landscape and focusing on regular access to food for a population ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Nearly 2 million people throughout the Great Plains and California above aquifer sites contaminated with natural uranium that is mobilized by human-contributed nitrate, according to a new study. Data ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Two growth-promoting groups of substances, or phytohormones, the gibberellins and the brassinosteroids, are used independently of each other for the breeding and production of crop plants. A team of ... read more

Mites Might Be Mighty Pest Control Method

Aug. 17, 2015 — Biological control of pests, weeds, plants and animals gives “the best hope to providing lasting, environmentally sound and socially acceptable pest management,” according to a new ... read more

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