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May 27, 2015 — Researchers are working with Punjabi farmers to test innovations that will reduce pressure on overused ... 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

Carbon Emissions from Peatlands May Be Less Than Expected

May 11, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a dual mechanism that slows peat decay and may help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from peatlands during times of drought. The discovery might be used to reduce the risk ... read more

Space Technology Identifies Vulnerable Regions in West Africa

May 11, 2015 — Researchers have mapped regional droughts from space, which can affect the livelihood of millions of people in West Africa. They report that soil moisture observations can map land degradation with ... read more

Plant Toxin Causes Biliary Atresia in Animal Model

May 6, 2015 — A new study is a classic example of how seemingly unlikely collaborators can come together to make surprising discoveries. An international team of gastroenterologists, pediatricians, natural ... read more

Forest Canopies Buffer Against Climate Change

Apr. 29, 2015 — Current models of how forests will respond to climate change don't account for differences between adult and juvenile trees. Recent research of forest landscape ecology, finds that climatic ... read more

Silicon: An Important Element in Rice Production

Apr. 28, 2015 — Recent research showed that, although long neglected by ecologists, silicon is in fact beneficial for the growth of many plants, including major crops such as rice, wheat and barley. Researchers have ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Several species of fish — including the peppered chub and the plains minnow — were found to be severely declining in the Great Plains. A new article documents a reduction in water flow in Great ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — A map shows how California's state highway system is strewn with roadkill "hot spots," which are identified in a newly released report. The data could help state highway planners take ... read more

Apr. 9, 2015 — A plant's roots grow and spread into the soil, taking up necessary water and minerals. The tip of a plant's root is a place of active cell division followed by cell elongation, with ... read more

Apr. 3, 2015 — In Central Appalachia, changes in precipitation and temperatures are likely to reduce habitat suitability for some tree species, including iconic species such as American beech, eastern hemlock, ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — The saying 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' may not hold up to scientific scrutiny. Baboons born in times of famine are more vulnerable to food shortages later in life, finds ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — Argentina might seem a long way to go for an environmental engineer seeking to better understand land use in Wisconsin. But there are some surprising parallels between the two countries' ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. A team of scientists developed a new modeling tool to explain how and where trembling ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — Undisturbed ecosystems can be resistant to changing climatic conditions, but this resistance is reduced when ecosystems are subject to natural or anthropogenic disturbances. Plants are particularly ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — Analysis of the ear bones of the River Murray estuarine fish black bream has revealed how these fish 'hedge their bets' for population survival. Fish ear bones provide much information ... read more

No Baked Beans: Surprising Discovery of Elite Heat-Tolerant Beans Could Save 'Meat of the Poor' from Global Warming

Mar. 24, 2015 — Amidst fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries, bean breeders have announced the discovery of 30 new types, or lines as plant breeders ... read more

Mar. 24, 2015 — Molecular biophysicists show that the same type of protein works in plants and animals to bind to peculiar DNA structures called G-quadruplexes, or G4 DNA for ... read more

Western Forests Decimated by Pine Beetles Not More Likely to Burn

Mar. 23, 2015 — Western US forests killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are no more at risk to burn than healthy Western forests, according to new findings that fly in the face of both public perception and ... read more

Adapting to Climate Change Will Bring New Environmental Problems

Mar. 20, 2015 — Adapting to climate change could have profound environmental repercussions, according to a new study. Research reveals that adaptation measures have the potential to generate further pressures and ... read more

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