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August 31, 2015

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August 31, 2015

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

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

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

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 — 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

New Environmental Risk Assessment of Veterinary Antibiotics Applications in Livestock Farming

Aug. 17, 2015 — A simple screening-based predicting procedure has been developed for region-specific environmental risks caused by veterinary antibiotics (VA). This procedure, called Usage Pattern-based Exposure ... read more

Biotechnologist Achieves Larger, Stronger Fruits With Plant Hormone Crystals

Aug. 14, 2015 — Wanting to produce large and juicy fruits without losing their texture and maintain all their nutrients, researchers developed a bioprocess for the production of phytohormones (plant hormones) that ... read more

Company Eliminates Pests from Stored Grain With Ozone and Reduce Costs

Aug. 14, 2015 — The process of eliminating pests from stored grains with ozone replaces the chemical tablets phosphine and methyl bromide, which are toxic and carcinogenic, used in traditional spraying methods. With ... read more

Meat Food Waste Has Greater Negative Environmental Impact Than Vegetable Waste

Aug. 14, 2015 — The type of food wasted has a significant impact on the environment, scientists have found. Although less meat is wasted (on average) compared to fruits and vegetables, the researchers found that ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — A biochemist is studying Camelina sativa -- a nonfood oilseed crop -- to see how it can be used for biofuel or even industrial and food-related ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Pea and other legume seeds contain several proteins that stop nutrients being absorbed fully in the intestines. Now a research group has developed peas that will help animals absorb more protein from ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Why some species of plants and animals vary more in number than others is a central issue in ecology. Now researchers have found an important finding to answer this question: Individual differences ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — In South Africa, sweet potatoes are a traditional crop for rural families. Researchers undertook a project to develop a local variety that has good yield, high dry mass, and desirable taste ... read more

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