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October 23, 2016

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October 23, 2016

Oct. 13, 2016 — Insects play a vital role in ecosystem health, helping to aerate soil, keeping the natural system in balance, and preventing detrimental pests from taking over essential natural resources. ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — A home appliance that grows the ingredients for a healthy meal within a week from plant cells is no longer science fiction. The first 3D-printed CellPod prototype is already producing ... read more

Jellyfish Help Scientists to Fight Food Fraud

Oct. 12, 2016 — Animals feeding at sea inherit a chemical record reflecting the area where they fed, which can help track their movements, according to a new ... read more

Oct. 11, 2016 — A study in which free-foraging bee colonies were placed in the field has shown that pesticide exposure can affect colony ... read more

Oct. 11, 2016 — Chitosan microparticles kill bacteria in cow uteri, report researchers, who also suggest that it may someday be possible for chitosan microparticles to be used to help humans who have become ill from ... read more

The Meat Paradox

Oct. 11, 2016 — When we eat beef, chicken wings, hot dogs or spaghetti bolognese, we do it in denial. Already by referring to what we eat as "beef" instead of "cow", we have created a distance ... read more

'Snotty Gobble' Could Be Good Weed Controller

Oct. 10, 2016 — A native parasitic plant found commonly throughout south-eastern Australia, is showing great promise as a potential biological control agent against introduced weeds that cost millions of dollars ... read more

Oct. 7, 2016 — Honey bee colonies in the United States have been dying at high rates for over a decade, and agricultural pesticides -- including fungicides, herbicides and insecticides -- are often implicated as ... read more

New Method Provides a Tool to Develop Nematode-Resistant Soybean Varieties

Oct. 6, 2016 — Many soybean varieties have a naturally occurring genetic resistance to the soybean cyst nematode, a major pest affecting the crop. The number of copies of the resistance gene varies among cultivars; ... read more

Antibiotics Could Be Cut by Up to One-Third, Say Dairy Farmers

Oct. 6, 2016 — Nine in 10 dairy farmers participating in a new British survey say that the farming industry must take a proactive lead in the battle against antibiotic resistance. Those questioned also think that ... read more

Harnessing Algae for the Creation of Clean Energy

Oct. 6, 2016 — Researchers have revealed how microalgae produce hydrogen, a clean fuel of the future, and suggest a possible mechanism to jumpstart mass production of this environmentally-friendly energy ... read more

Even If the Paris Agreement Is Implemented, Food and Water Supplies Remain at Risk

Oct. 5, 2016 — If all pledges made in last December's Paris climate agreement (COP21) to curb greenhouse gases are carried out to the end of the century, then risks still remain for staple crops in major ... read more

Conservation Decisions Rely on Balancing Incentives With Unpredictable Variables

Oct. 5, 2016 — If you own land, as long as it’s not bound up in a legal restriction, you’ve got options. You might decide to convert it into farm land. You might develop it. You could decide to wait and see if ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a feedback in complex food webs: species-rich ecosystems favor large, heavy animals. Even though this increases the amount of plants consumed, the plant biomass remains ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — Bumblebees can learn to pull strings for food and pass on the ability to a colony, according to new ... read more

Soil Microbes Flourish With Reduced Tillage

Oct. 4, 2016 — Microbes improve soil quality by cycling nutrients and breaking plant residues down into soil organic matter. In an effort to detect consistent patterns across a large geographical area, researchers ... read more

Overlooked Plants Defy Drought

Oct. 4, 2016 — A feature thought to make plants sensitive to drought could actually hold the key to them coping with it better, according to new findings ... read more

New Strategy to Accelerate Plant Breeding by Turbocharging Gene Banks

Oct. 3, 2016 — A new study may help scientists sift through vast amounts of plant seeds stored in gene bank facilities across the globe to identify those useful to plant breeders attempting to produce better ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — Doubling of the carbon dioxide concentration will cause global plant photosynthesis to increase by about one third, according to a new paper. The study has relevance for the health of the biosphere ... read more

Cities Can Serve as a Refuge for Insect Pollinators

Oct. 3, 2016 — Residents living in towns and cities can play a major role in ensuring insect pollinators survive and thrive around them, a team of international scientists has ... read more

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