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May 23, 2015

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May 23, 2015

Plant Biosecurity Course Combats Wheat Blast

May 22, 2015 — Wheat blast, an emerging disease that threatens worldwide food security, is the focus of a plant biosecurity course at an American university. The course is designed to help participants learn how to ... read more

May 20, 2015 — The same spring rains that lessen producers' concerns about drought can also lead to soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Keeping soil and fertilizers where they belong--in the field--benefits ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Naturally occurring, plant-associated bacteria as a crop protection agent are now available for use in crop protection to alleviate the contamination of soil with pesticides -- arguably the most ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Bread from certain spelt wheat varieties have differentiated sensory properties that could be considered for future breeding works, a new study ... read more

Fresh Milk, Off the Grid

May 19, 2015 — Milk preservation depends upon refrigeration and boiling, but in developing countries these methods are costly and often impractical due to the sporadic availability of continuous electricity. New ... read more

Using Ozone to Protect Papaya and Other Fruit Exports

May 14, 2015 — Researchers are developing an ozone treatment to protect papaya and other exotic fruits from diseases and decay during storage and ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Corn, wheat and rapeseed can be used to produce biofuels, such as bioethanol and biodiesel. According to recent findings by environmental scientists, the location of the agricultural lands used to ... read more

May 11, 2015 — After tracking 1,500 households and their livestock in 10 western Kenyan villages for one year, researchers found a strong relationship between the number of illnesses among family members and the ... read more

May 12, 2015 — It took decades of painstaking work, but a research geneticist managed to cross a popular soybean variety with a related wild perennial plant that grows like a weed in Australia, producing the first ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Wine grape vineyards experimenting with sustainable pest management systems are seeing an unexpected benefit: an increase in butterflies. Over the years, loss in natural habitat has seen the decline ... read more

First Beef With the Goodness of Fish

May 11, 2015 — Chinese scientists have reared beef rich in the beneficial fatty acids associated with fish oils. The study highlights the scientific challenges that remain following the successful introduction of a ... read more

Food and Fuel: Model for Bioenergy Feedstock/vegetable Double-Cropping Systems

May 8, 2015 — Researchers realize that biomass feedstock will need to come from many different sources, in order to meet the revised Renewable Fuel Standard mandating the production of 36 billion gallons of ... read more

May 4, 2015 — An "ancient relationship" between fungi and plant roots creates a genetic expression that leads to more root growth, scientists say. Common fungus could one day be used as ... read more

Populated Puget Sound Sees Stark Shifts in Marine Fish Species

May 8, 2015 — The most populated areas of Puget Sound have experienced striking shifts in marine species, with declines in herring and smelt that have long provided food for other marine life and big increases in ... read more

Property Inhibiting Growth of Bird Flu Virus Discovered in Eggs

May 8, 2015 — An egg is many things. It is a versatile food but also an efficient source of bioactive compounds. A researcher has discovered that fractions isolated from the ovomucin protein in egg white can ... read more

May 4, 2015 — A new variety of low-allergenic soybean has been created by researchers. The new crop could have a major impact on the production of baby formula, processed foods and livestock feed, they ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Wildlife biologists are describing conditions at the sea lion rookeries on the Channel Islands, where pups are going hungry because unusually warm water along the Pacific coast has made it more ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Researchers have obtained biochar using manure waste, a new material that can improve soil properties and increase crop yields. The results suggest an optimal solution to manage the manure from ... read more

Forests Could Be the Trump Card in Efforts to End Global Hunger

May 6, 2015 — About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. The world's forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ... read more

'Silver Bullet' Kills Phytophthora, a Fungus That Affects More Than 400 Plants and Trees

May 5, 2015 — Silver nanoparticles produced with an extract of wormwood can stop several strains of the fungus phytophthora dead in its ... read more

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