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August 3, 2015

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August 3, 2015

July 29, 2015 — Researchers studied six under-tree vegetation-free strip widths and supplemental irrigation in years 4-8 of a young peach orchard to determine effects on peach tree growth and fruit yield, harvest ... read more

July 28, 2015 — Walk into a science museum, and you may read the words “paleontology” or “astronomy.” But you’re not likely to find the word “agriculture” in any science museum, even though many ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Scientific experiments with the herpesvirus such as the one that causes Marek's disease in poultry have confirmed, for the first time, the highly controversial theory that some vaccines could ... read more

Consumers Don't View GMO Labels as Negative 'Warnings'

July 27, 2015 — A new study released just days after the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not act as warning ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Back before chemical pesticides and herbicides, farmers had to come up with ways to kill the weeds that took over their fields. One method used “back in the day” was letting pigs loose in fields ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Biologists have discovered how the rice plant's immune system is triggered by disease, in a discovery that could boost crop yields and lead to more disease-resistant types of ... read more

Unlocking the Rice Immune System

July 24, 2015 — Researchers have identified a bacterial signaling molecule that triggers an immunity response in rice plants, enabling the plants to resist a devastating blight ... read more

Pesticides Found in Most Pollen Collected from Foraging Bees in Massachusetts

July 23, 2015 — More than 70 percent of pollen and honey samples collected from foraging bees in Massachusetts contain at least one neonicotinoid, a class of pesticide that has been implicated in Colony Collapse ... read more

U.S. Breast Milk Is Glyphosate Free

July 23, 2015 — Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, does not accumulate in mother's breast milk, researchers have found. The study is the first to have its results independently verified ... read more

July 22, 2015 — After just five years, soil organic matter content was 8.6 percent greater in the strip-till plots when compared to the no-till plots. Furthermore, bulk density was reduced by 4 percent and ... read more

July 22, 2015 — Until now, researchers believed farming was 'invented' some 12,000 years ago in an area that was home to some of the earliest known human civilizations. A new discovery offers the first ... read more

How to Cut Worrying Levels of Arsenic in Rice That Is Eaten All Over the World

July 22, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a simple solution to worrying levels of arsenic in our rice. Rice is the only major crop grown under flooded conditions. It is this flooding that releases inorganic ... read more

July 22, 2015 — Basil can add a little zest to any meal. But downy mildew disease threatens the herb’s very existence. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are trying to ... read more

Going Green: Microalgae as a Feedstuff for Grower Steers

July 21, 2015 — Engineers across the country have developed biofuels, food additives and skincare products using the adaptive power of microalgae. Livestock scientists see its potential as a sustainable, high-energy ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Researchers have studied beef cattle with in-ear accelerometers. These units may be able pick up signs that relate to early stages of disease in ... read more

July 20, 2015 — A cornfield can often be a far-from-optimal host for pests such as the corn earworm. New research is striving to keep it that ... read more

July 17, 2015 — A new variety of peanut, called OLé, has recently been released by a team of researchers. OLé peanuts have longer shelf lives and increased disease resistance compared to other peanut varieties, ... read more

Food Safety Expert Explains Food Labels and Their Regulations

July 16, 2015 — A food safety specialist explains some terms on food labels that are federally regulated and which lack a clear ... read more

Human-Wrought Environmental Changes Impacting Crops, Pollinators Could Harm Millions

July 15, 2015 — Changing global environmental conditions caused by humans could negatively impact the health of millions by altering key crops, say two studies. One study found declining food pollinators such as ... read more

Better Chocolate With Microbes: Same Yeast Used in Beer, Wine and Bread

July 15, 2015 — For decades, researchers have worked to improve cacao fermentation by controlling the microbes involved. Now, to their surprise, a team of Belgian researchers has discovered that the same species of ... read more

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