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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

Irrigation Method Saves 50 Percent of Water Needed for Potato Growth

Dec. 1, 2015 — An irrigation method uses 50 percent less water than traditional systems to grow potatoes – an important finding for the $131 million-a-year Florida ... read more

Promising New Antimicrobials Could Fight Drug-Resistant MRSA Infection

Nov. 30, 2015 — A novel class of antimicrobials that inhibits the function of a key disease-causing component of bacteria could be effective in fighting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers have observed an increase in body temperature of between two and four degrees in zebrafish, when these are subjected to stressful situations. This phenomenon is known as 'emotional ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Biologists have documented groups of bonobos performing complex actions to extract food -- a characteristic that has hitherto been regarded as an exclusive evolutionary advantage of archaic ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — CRISPR gene-editing is allowing rapid scientific advances in many fields, including human health and now it has been shown that crop research can also benefit from this latest exciting ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Fruit flies studies on mating compatibility have been examined to assess the usefulness of walk-in field cages in sexual behavior research within fruit fly species complexes and recognition of ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Computer simulations have allowed scientists to work out how a puzzling 555-million-year-old organism with no known modern relatives fed, revealing that some of the first large, complex organisms on ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — It is possible to improve the nutraceutical quality of the lettuce by modifying its growing conditions, but not at the expense of productivity. Researchers applied various stress conditions to the ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Ticks can transmit various diseases to people and animals. Some well-known diseases spread by ticks include tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease. Researchers are hot on the trail of ... read more

White Matter Damage Caused by 'Skunk-Like' Cannabis, Study Shows

Nov. 27, 2015 — Smoking high potency 'skunk-like' cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres, according to a new ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — It could never be found until recently, in a fish tank a few floors below a university microbiology department: one single organism able to perform the complete process of nitrification. ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — Explaining the complex structure of tropical forests is one of the great challenges in ecology. An issue of special interest is the distribution of different sizes of trees, something which is of ... read more

DNA Sequences in GMOs: Largest Database Now Publicly Available

Nov. 26, 2015 — The JRC has published a new database, JRC GMO-Amplicons, which contains more than 240 000 DNA sequences appearing in genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It will help to verify the presence of ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — In bats, Toll-like receptors, the first-line defense mechanism against invading pathogens, are different from other mammals. This suggests that the way bats recognize certain pathogens may be ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — Yin and Yang, Venus and Mars, the Moon and the Sun, however you want to describe it, becoming a female or a male can make a big difference in your life, and not just for human beings. Researchers ... read more

Mosquito-Borne Virus May Lead to Severe Brain Infection

Nov. 25, 2015 — The mosquito-borne virus chikungunya may lead to severe brain infection and even death in infants and people over 65, according to a new study that reviewed a chikungunya outbreak on Reunion Island ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Scientists extracted DNA from spider webs to identify the web's spider architect and the prey that crossed it, according to this proof-of-concept ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Urban environments struggle with contaminated water running off, causing pollution and algal blooms. In response, cities often use natural landscapes of soil, grasses, and trees. These biofiltration ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Fruit fly windpipes are much more like human blood vessels than the entryway to human lungs. To create that intricate network, fly embryonic cells must sprout "fingers" and crawl into ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — What doesn't kill you could cure you. A growing interest in the therapeutic value of animal venom has led data scientists to create the first catalog of known animal toxins and their ... read more

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