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February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016

US Forest Service Releases Findings on the Effects of Drought for Forests, Rangelands

Feb. 1, 2016 — The US Forest Service has released a new report that provides a national assessment of peer-reviewed scientific research on the impacts of drought on US forests and rangelands. This report will help ... read more

Global Analysis Reveals Why Many Bat Populations Are in Decline

Jan. 19, 2016 — Many of the 1,300 species of bat are considered to be threatened and declining. A new analysis reveals trends and causes of death in bats around the world, shedding new light on the possible factors ... read more

Drip Irrigation Rates Tested for Eggplant Growth, Yield

Jan. 11, 2016 — Experiments assessed the effects of irrigation rate on plant growth and fruit yield in eggplant. Plants irrigated at 67 percent ETc produced fruit yields similar to those of plants irrigated at 100 ... read more

Reforestation Policies Need to Consider Climate Change, Study Finds

Jan. 8, 2016 — Local pine species are not necessarily the best option for repopulating burn sites, suggests a new Spanish report. Broadly speaking, varieties from central Spain work well in Valencia, on the east ... read more

Fungi May Help Drought-Stressed Wheat

Dec. 17, 2015 — Certain drought-stressed wheat cultivars perform better when their roots are in symbiosis with beneficial fungi, research demonstrates. Experts predict that drought stress in crops will become ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — Mountain pine beetle populations have exploded over the past decade, and these insects have infected and killed thousands of acres of western pine forests. Researchers predicted that as trees died, ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — Details of the radically divergent strategies that two common tree species employ to cope with drought in southwestern Colorado have been revealed by researchers. As they report in a new paper, one ... read more

Plants Cope With Climate Change at Genetic Level

Dec. 10, 2015 — Climate change can influence everything from pine beetle outbreaks in the Rocky Mountains to rising sea levels in Papua New Guinea. In the face of a rapidly changing earth, plants and animals are ... read more

Dec. 4, 2015 — The native grass, Tripogon loliiformis, has been the focus of recent researchbecause of its amazing ability to survive extreme environmental stresses. The researchers have proved sugar manipulation ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Droughts could kill off the tallest trees in tropical rainforests in coming decades, a study suggests. Over a 13-year period, researchers carried out fieldwork to assess the impact of drought on ... read more

Increased Deforestation Could Substantially Reduce Amazon Basin Rainfall

Nov. 12, 2015 — Continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could diminish the amount of rain that falls in the Amazon River basin, finds a new study. These declines in rainfall could potentially alter the ... read more

Scientists Sequence Drought Tolerant Grass Using Single Molecule Real-Time Sequencing

Nov. 11, 2015 — A new paper reports the virtually complete draft genome of Oropetium thomaeum, a grass species that can regrow after exposed to extreme drought when water becomes available. The resulting assembly ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Anthropogenic warming in the west Pacific likely contributed to the 2014 drought in East Africa, say climate scientists. Researchers have pooled their station archives and expertise to produce a ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — A plant geneticist has discovered the gene in the ancient Australian native tobacco plant Nicotiana benthamiana, known as Pitjuri to Australian indigenous Aboriginals tribes. The discovery was made ... read more

Global Connections Between El Nino Events, Drought

Nov. 2, 2015 — A team of researchers recently discovered that global climate change is causing general increases in both plant growth and potential drought risk. El Nino is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere ... read more

Pineapple Genome Offers Insight Into Photosynthesis in Drought-Tolerant Plants

Nov. 2, 2015 — By sequencing its genome, scientists are homing in on the genes and genetic pathways that allow the juicy pineapple plant to thrive in water-limited environments. The new findings, also open a new ... read more

Ancient Pollen Reveals Droughts Between Sierra Nevada Glacier Surges

Nov. 1, 2015 — Hidden below the surface of California's Central Valley are pollen grains from the Pleistocene that are providing scientists with clues to the severity of droughts that struck the region between ... read more

Seaweed Extract Benefits Petunia, Tomato Transplants

Oct. 28, 2015 — A study investigated the effects of two seaweed extract application methods (foliar spray or substrate drench) and rate on growth and postharvest drought tolerance of petunia and tomato transplants. ... read more

Cellular Stress Management in People and Plants

Oct. 26, 2015 — Bioscientists have discovered the function of a fundamental biological mechanism. Their findings are significant for the stress biology of human cells as well as the development of agricultural crops ... read more

Farmers' Responses to Crises Key to Informing Effective Food Security Policy

Oct. 13, 2015 — A better understanding of how farmers in developing countries cope in times of stress is needed if funding to support food security is to be used effectively, according to an English ... read more

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