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August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

Aug. 23, 2016 — Seagrass seed is killed by waterborne fungi that are related to the well-known potato blight, biologists have discovered. These fungi, which have not previously been found in seawater, hinder seed ... read more

What Will California's Strawberry Industry Do Without Methyl Bromide?

Aug. 16, 2016 — 2016 is the final year for the soil fumigant to be used in California crop fields. A new article examines the impact of the methyl bromide phaseout on strawberries, California's third most ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — A horticultural sciences professor and his colleagues found genetic markers for fruit quality traits that will be useful in future cultivar-breeding ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — Scientists have presented the results from dedicated studies covering a wide range of topics in rice ... read more

Surveys of Corn, Soybean Fields Reveal Implications for Pollinator Conservation

Aug. 11, 2016 — What kind of insect pollinators are commonly found in corn and soybean fields? The answer to that question can be found in a new article, say researchers who used modified pan traps to compare the ... read more

Adding Milk, Meat to Diet Dramatically Improves Nutrition for Poor in Zambia

Aug. 10, 2016 — Adding livestock to poor households in developing countries such as Zambia is shown to improve their financial status, but how the addition of milk and meat to their diet effects their nutrition has ... read more

Aug. 10, 2016 — An international research team identified a novel signal peptide that matures in rice flowers to promote bristle (awn) elongation. The gene encoding this peptide contains a GC-rich region that ... read more

Aug. 10, 2016 — A professor's flax research could one day help Canadian farmers grow a car fender. In a recent study, he identified the genes responsible for the bane of many Canadian flax farmers' ... read more

Aug. 10, 2016 — The use of a newly-developed mosquito trap incorporating human odor has resulted in a 70 percent decline in the population of the most significant malaria mosquito on the Kenyan island of Rusinga. ... read more

Back the Bees and Friends: Big Agriculture Has the Chance to Help or Hinder Our Most Important Pollinators, Research Argues

Aug. 9, 2016 — New research has identified future threats to, and opportunities for insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles that pollinate wild flowers and crops. 35% of global crop production, and 85% of wild ... read more

Aug. 8, 2016 — Dwarfed plants add color and a diversity of architectures to landscapes and gardens, and a university undergraduate class discovered a key mechanism that leads to their small ... read more

Aug. 8, 2016 — Researchers are rethinking plant breeding strategies to improve the development of new high-yielding, stress-tolerant cereal varieties. They say small gene-regulating molecules found in plant cells ... read more

Pesticides Used to Help Bees May Actually Harm Them

Aug. 8, 2016 — Honeybees from chlorothalanil-treated hives showed the greatest change in gut microbiome, a new study has concluded. The discovery is a concern because alterations can affect the gut's ability ... read more

Aug. 8, 2016 — Scientists have identified four new pathogens previously not found in Australian chilies, raising the stakes for the country's quarantine and disease resistance ... read more

Aug. 4, 2016 — Scientists have tracked the flight paths of a group of bumblebees throughout their entire lives to find out how they explore their environment and search for ... read more

Aug. 4, 2016 — Clusters of hunter-gatherers spent much of the late Stone Age working out the basics of farming on the fertile lands of Turkey before taking this knowledge to Europe. In an analysis of ancient ... read more

Aug. 3, 2016 — The number of honey bee colonies fell by nearly 12% last winter, an international study indicates. The study found that the spring and early summer months of 2015, from March to July, were cold in ... read more

Do Eco-Friendly Wines Taste Better?

Aug. 2, 2016 — It's time to toast environmentally friendly grapes. A new study shows that eco-certified wine tastes better -- and making the choice even easier, earlier research shows it's often cheaper, ... read more

Aug. 2, 2016 — Anthropologists have counted the number of carbon-dated artifacts at archaeological sites and concluded that a population boom and scarce food explain why people in eastern North America domesticated ... read more

Trees on Farms: The Missing Link in Carbon Accounting

Aug. 2, 2016 — While tropical forests continued to decline, a remarkable change is happening: tree cover on agricultural land has increased across the globe, capturing nearly 0.75 Gigatonnes carbon dioxide every ... read more

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