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July 29, 2016

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July 29, 2016

Scientists Call for Increased Federal Investment in Sustainable Agriculture

July 28, 2016 — Based on a new analysis of federal funding from the US Department of Agriculture, researchers say there is an urgent need for increased investment in research and development aimed at making ... read more

Vineyard Cover Crops Reduce Expense, Save Environment

July 26, 2016 — Researchers have advice for vineyard managers in cool and humid climates like the Northeast: cover up. Their findings showed that growing cover crops beneath grape vines reduced nitrogen leaching ... read more

July 21, 2016 — A new study shows to where and to what extent palm oil plantations could be expanded, while avoiding further deforestation in pristine and carbon-rich tropical ... read more

To Protect Yourself from Malaria Sleep With a Chicken Next to Your Bed

July 20, 2016 — For the first time, scientists have shown that malaria-transmitting mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species such as chickens, using their sense of smell. Odors emitted by species ... read more

Scientists Call for Replacement of Animals in Antibody Production

July 20, 2016 — Routine scientific procedures using millions of animals are still being authorized when there is a tried and tested alternative, according to a group of scientists investigating the production of ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Research comparing pastures with multiple types of plants to those with less variety shows surprising results in land productivity and soil ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Human disturbance negatively affects the pollination and seed dispersal of forest trees – an effect that can be observed in both tropical and temperate forests. This is the key result of a ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Soon after the demise of the dinosaurs, ants learned how to farm. The story of the mutualism between leafcutter ants and their fungal crop culminates in industrial-scale farming that surpasses even ... read more

July 19, 2016 — Zebrafish are becoming more and more popular as a research model for human disease. Along with mice and humans, they are one of the most commonly studied animals in biomedical ... read more

Atrazine Alternatives in Sweet Corn

July 19, 2016 — Atrazine has been very good at killing weeds in corn fields for more than 50 years. But some of the properties that make it a successful herbicide, such as its persistence in the soil and ability to ... read more

July 19, 2016 — International research has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof ... read more

July 18, 2016 — Researchers use programmed bacteria as gas sensors that help them 'see' into soil to learn about the behavior of the microbial communities ... read more

July 18, 2016 — Plants can maximize their chances of reproduction by taking advantage of how insects move between flowers when they track down nectar, a study ... read more

Moving Objects and Flowing Air: How Bees Position Their Antennae During Flight

July 18, 2016 — During flight, bees need to position their antennae carefully to get accurate information about the speed of air flowing past their bodies. This is crucial for them to make mid-air decisions in a ... read more

July 14, 2016 — Biologists are digging under vineyards to see if the Okanagan's grape industry is affecting soil quality. A research team delivers its findings after spending the better part of three years ... read more

To Save Water on Lawns, Throw Some Shade

July 14, 2016 — How much water does your lawn really need? A study re-evaluated lawn watering recommendations by measuring water use by lawns in Los Angeles. The standard model of turfgrass water needs, they found, ... read more

Upstream Trenches, Downstream Nitrogen

July 13, 2016 — Researchers reduce the amount of nitrogen that moves downstream from fields with woodchip-filled trenches, bioreactors. Bacteria that live in them neutralize the nitrogen threat to downstream ... read more

Modeling Predicts Which Counties Could Store More Carbon in Soil by Growing Bioenergy Crops

July 13, 2016 — To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers are using computational modeling to ... read more

Genetically Improving Sorghum for Production of Biofuel

July 13, 2016 — The bioenergy crop sorghum holds great promise as a raw material for making environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. Sorghum can potentially ... read more

Disentangling the Plant Microbiome

July 12, 2016 — With the human population expected to climb from 7.4 billion to more than 11 billion people by 2100, some scientists hope that manipulating the microbial communities in, on and around plants, the ... read more

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