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March 1, 2017

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March 1, 2017

Using Google to Map Our Ecosystem

Feb. 28, 2017 — Researchers have developed a method to quantify ecosystem services of street trees. Using nearly 100,000 images from Google Street View, the study helps further understanding on how green spaces ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called ... read more

Cultivating Cool-for-Cash-Crop

Feb. 22, 2017 — Canola and camelina are cool-season crops that produce oilseeds. Soon they may find a home in California fields as a rotational crop with smart water use and high ... read more

Hybrid Plant Breeding: Secrets Behind Haploid Inducers, a Powerful Tool in Maize Breeding

Feb. 22, 2017 — A common strategy to create high-yielding plants is hybrid breeding. However, getting the inbred lines in the first place can be a hassle. In maize, the use of so-called 'haploid inducers' ... read more

Forests Worldwide Threatened by Drought

Feb. 21, 2017 — Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, researchers have found. An analysis suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have discovered a key gene that influences genetic recombination during sexual reproduction in wild plant populations. Adding extra copies of this gene resulted in a massive boost to ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Scientists are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — Crop breeders grow thousands of potential varieties at a time; until now, observations of key traits were made by hand. In a new study, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, were used successfully to ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to an ... read more

Maize Study Finds Genes That Help Crops Adapt to Change

Feb. 20, 2017 — A new study analyzed close to 4,500 maize varieties to identify more than 1,000 genes driving large-scale adaptation to the ... read more

Using Historical Herbarium Specimens to Track Heavy Metal Pollution in the Eastern United States

Feb. 17, 2017 — Plant specimens stored in herbaria are being used to explore important ecological questions. Researchers have now shown the effectiveness of herbarium specimens of herbaceous plants to track changes ... 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

Modifying Fat Content in Soybean Oil With the Molecular Scissors Cpf1

Feb. 16, 2017 — Successful inactivation of two genes in soybean using ... read more

How Much Biomass Grows in the Savannah?

Feb. 16, 2017 — The ability of the savannahs to store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is ultimately determined by the amount of aboveground woody biomass. So far, though, it has been difficult to measure this ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Overgrazing, loss of elephants from poaching and lack of fires have taken away food supplies for hirola -- a large antelope that specializes on ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover. This applies in particular to trees with large fruit ... read more

New Antibiotic from Bacteria Found on Kenyan Ant Could Help Beat MRSA

Feb. 15, 2017 — A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA according to ... 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. 14, 2017 — A new study contradicts decades of thought, research and teaching on the history of corn cultivation in the American Bottom, a floodplain of the Mississippi River in Illinois. The study refutes the ... read more

Genes in Albino Orchids May Hold Clues to Parasitic Mechanism Used by Non-Photosynthetic Plants

Feb. 14, 2017 — How do plants give up photosynthesis and become parasites? A research team is using comprehensive analysis of gene expression in albino and green orchids to investigate the evolution of parasitic ... read more

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