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April 24, 2017

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April 24, 2017

Are the Paris Soil Carbon Sequestration Goals Unrealistic?

Apr. 21, 2017 — The goal to offset rises in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations by increasing soil carbon storage by 4 per mille (0.4%) per year is unrealistic, say scientists in a new ... read more

Plant Protein May Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes, Meat Eaters at Greater Risk

Apr. 19, 2017 — A new study adds to the growing body of evidence indicating that the source of dietary protein may play a role in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that plant protein was ... read more

Sat Nav for Bread Wheat Uncovers Hidden Genes

Apr. 18, 2017 — Over two billion people worldwide rely on wheat as a staple food, but attempts to sequence its genome have been thwarted by its complexity. Scientists have now developed new methods, creating the ... read more

Apr. 18, 2017 — A gene that influences grain yield in grasses related to food crops has been discovered by a team of ... read more

Cover Crops May Be Used to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

Apr. 17, 2017 — Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in ... read more

Apr. 13, 2017 — Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture since they parasitize important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana; but plants can defend themselves. Researchers have identified a protein that ... read more

Apr. 13, 2017 — Researchers show empirically: when population pressure increases, food is imported. The big issue, say authors of a new report, is that people may not even be aware that they have chosen dependency ... read more

On-the-Range Detection Technology Could Corral Bovine TB

Apr. 12, 2017 — A research breakthrough allowing the first direct, empirical, blood-based, cow-side test for diagnosing bovine tuberculosis (TB) could spare ranchers and the agriculture industry from costly ... read more

New Lettuce Genome Assembly Offers Clues to Success of Huge Plant Family

Apr. 12, 2017 — A treasure-trove of genetic information has been unlocked about lettuce and related plants, completing the first reported comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the massive Compositae plant ... read more

Using Tropical Microbes to Improve the Environment

Apr. 18, 2017 — Researchers are harnessing properties in tropical microbes to address a variety of environmental, agricultural and aquacultural ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Fungi cause important crop losses and pose a serious risk for human and animal health. A team of scientists has discovered a new component of the plant defense system against fungal infections. This ... read more

Mild, Wet Summer in the Midwest Predicted by Weather Expert

Apr. 10, 2017 — A professor of atmospheric science says normal temperatures and average rainfall this summer should help boost agriculture in the region after a dry ... read more

New Tool Can Help Estimate Genetically Modified Pollen Spread

Apr. 10, 2017 — Food purists may have cause to celebrate thanks to a recent international study. The study, which evaluated the spread of genetically modified (GM) organisms to non-modified crops, has implications ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Seeds from a site in Northern Israel are the ancestors of today's fava beans, report researchers. Understanding the ecology of the wild plants' environment and the evolution they underwent ... read more

To Save Honey Bees, Human Behavior Must Change

Apr. 6, 2017 — In the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time for professionals and hobbyists in the beekeeping industry to look ... read more

Apr. 6, 2017 — The first experimental evidence to suggest that AM fungi also get lipids from the plant has now been released by researchers, providing a clue to understanding the obligate nature of AM ... read more

Apr. 5, 2017 — Multinational companies are increasingly looking to Africa to expand production of in-demand commodity crops such as soy and oil palm. A first-of-its-kind study highlights the real and potential ... read more

Genes Key to Killer Bee's Success

Apr. 5, 2017 — Researchers have sequenced the genomes of Africanized bees that have invaded large parts of the world to find out what makes them so extraordinarily successful. One particular region in the genome ... read more

Neonicotinoids Detected in Drinking Water in Agricultural Area

Apr. 5, 2017 — Concern over the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is growing as studies find them in rivers and streams, and link them with declining bee populations and health effects in other animals. Now ... read more

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