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July 5, 2015

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July 5, 2015

July 1, 2015 — Three-quarters of the population will get an itchy red rash if exposed to the urushiol oil inside poison ivy's leaves, stem and roots. One-quarter of people will not have any reaction to ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Researchers have pinpointed the gene that controls whether soybean seed coats are hard or permeable, a finding that could be used to develop better varieties for southern and tropical regions, enrich ... read more

Legumes Control Infection of Nodules by Both Symbiotic, Endophytic Bacteria

June 22, 2015 — Legume plants selectively regulate access and accommodation of both symbiotic and endophytic bacteria inside root nodule, new research shows. This provides a solid basis and platform for ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Three new eriophyoid mite species all coming from different genera were found in Xinjiang, China. One of the new species is the first representative of the genus Paracolomerus to be described from a ... read more

June 19, 2015 — <em>Nepenthes</em> is a family of carnivorous plants native to Asia and Australia, with the largest distribution on the islands Sumatra and Borneo. An international team of researchers ... read more

June 19, 2015 — Many products, including food supplements, cosmetics and biodiesel, are made from substances derived from microalgae. A fully automated pilot plant is capable of producing microalgae on pilot scale. ... read more

June 18, 2015 — Scientists are studying the relationships between pesticides and row crops, farmers and beekeepers, and factors influencing honeybee ... read more

June 18, 2015 — Using switchgrass to produce biofuel is one way to decrease the United States’ dependence on oil, but growing it and making it profitable can be complicated. It lacks qualities, such as high ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Fossilized remains of a new bat species, which lived 16 million years ago, walked on four limbs and was three times larger than today's average bat, have been discovered in New ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Many people think of sesame seeds as a topping on hamburger buns at profitable global fast-food chains. But in fact the crop has traditionally been unprofitable and difficult to harvest because it ... read more

Research on Diversity Among Nitrogen-Fixing Plants

June 16, 2015 — New research focuses on a question that has intrigued scientists for decades -- are plants able to regulate their relationships with nitrogen-fixing ... read more

Next-Generation Sampling: Pairing Genomics With Large-Scale Herbarium Sampling

June 16, 2015 — Rapid advances in sequencing technology are expanding our understanding of biodiversity and evolution in complex plant groups, but access to samples remains a problem. Herbarium material provides a ... read more

June 15, 2015 — As the hot summer season approaches, scientists are working to mitigate the human health risks of blue-green algae blooms, using a technique they've been refining for the past three ... read more

June 15, 2015 — A soil microbe that mobilizes an 'iron shield' to block the uptake of toxic arsenic in rice has been discovered by researchers. The finding gives hope that a natural, low-cost solution -- a ... read more

Genetic Switch Lets Marine Diatoms Do Less Work at Higher Carbon Dioxide

June 15, 2015 — Rising carbon dioxide lets diatoms return to their evolutionary roots, by skipping steps that concentrate carbon dioxide. Over time, the drifting algae adjust by slowing down their metabolism, ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Bacteria, one of the three major branches of the tree of life, are a fuzzy bit of foliage. While scientists know there are many unidentified species, they have not been classified or characterized ... read more

June 12, 2015 — The rapidly rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affect plants' absorption of nitrogen, which is the nutrient that restricts crop growth in most terrestrial ecosystems. Researchers ... read more

How and Why Butterflies Survive Fires

June 12, 2015 — Deciding how often and when to use prescribed fire can be tricky, especially when managing for rare butterflies, scientists say. That realization stems from a new study in which researchers ... read more

June 11, 2015 — Drought is one of the most urgent environmental crises facing the world today. Scientists have now used a genome-wide approach to studying drought tolerance in plants and identified regulatory ... read more

June 11, 2015 — With warming summer temperatures across Alaska, white spruce tree growth in Interior Alaska has declined to record low levels, while the same species in Western Alaska is growing better than ever ... read more

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