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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Gene Editing Can Complement Traditional Food-Animal Improvements

Feb. 17, 2017 — Animal scientist say that gene editing -- following in the footsteps of traditional breeding -- has tremendous potential to boost the sustainability of livestock production, while also enhancing ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — RFID chips like the ones used to protect merchandise from shoplifting reveal surprising clues about life in a bumblebee colony, say ... read more

Snap Beans Hard to Grow in Cover Crop Residue

Feb. 16, 2017 — More no-till farmers are using cover crops to conserve soil and suppress weeds, but many vegetable producers are reluctant to get on board. That's because many small-seeded vegetable crops ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — From 1950 to 2010, 27 percent of commercial marine landings were diverted to uses other than direct human consumption, a new research project has ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Researchers are are unpacking the entire DNA sequences of 50 influential animals dating back to the 1950s, then honing in on the genes associated with specific traits in order to capture the best ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Ebola is one of the world's most virulent diseases, though rodent species such as guinea pigs, rats and mice are not normally susceptible to it. However, through repeated infection of a host ... read more

How a Plant Resists Drought

Feb. 14, 2017 — Climate change will bring worsening droughts that threaten crops. One potential way to protect crops is by spraying them with a compound that induces the plants to become more drought resistant. Now, ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — By using high-res images taken by the latest generation of compact satellites, scientists have developed a new capability for estimating crop yields from ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Invisible to the naked eye, cyst nematodes are a major threat to agriculture, causing billions of dollars in global crop losses every year. A group of plant scientists recently found one of the ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — Scientists have developed a technique for introducing proteins into plant cells using plasma treatment. Their method could have multiple applications in plant research and ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — No less than 500 new species of cichlids, brightly coloured perch-like fish, evolved in Lake Victoria (East Africa) over the past 15,000 years -- a record in the animal and plant world. This ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — A team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and aerial drones that can quickly and accurately gather and analyze data on the characteristics of ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Can grassy lawns affect carbon and nitrogen in the soil? Researchers found grass species and mowing habits can make a ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — 'Relationships' in the soil become stronger during nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — A new discovery of a type of autophagy could lead to new methods for controlling aging in plants, report ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Scientists have published new evidence that plant tissues can have a preferred direction of growth and that this characteristic is essential for producing complex plant ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — Cats and dogs may be longtime enemies, but when teamed up, they keep rodents away, a new study ... read more

Rapid Test Detects Mobile Resistance Gene Mcr-1

Feb. 6, 2017 — Scientists have evaluated a rapid test that detects the dreaded colistin resistance gene within twenty minutes. It can therefore be used in hospitals and for ... read more

Researchers Seek to Improve Welfare in Captive Birds of Prey Through Olfactory Enrichment

Feb. 6, 2017 — For the first time, researchers are exploring ways to improve welfare in captive birds of prey through olfactory enrichment -- or using scent cues to alleviate boredom and encourage ... read more

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