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April 30, 2017

Apr. 29, 2017 — The 2006 Soy Moratorium had a larger effect in reducing deforestation in the Amazon than has been previously understood, outlines a new ... read more

Apr. 13, 2017 — Researchers show empirically: when population pressure increases, food is imported. The big issue, say authors of a new report, is that people may not even be aware that they have chosen dependency ... read more

Using Tropical Microbes to Improve the Environment

Apr. 18, 2017 — Researchers are harnessing properties in tropical microbes to address a variety of environmental, agricultural and aquacultural ... read more

There's a Cost to 'Bee-Ing' Too Smart

Apr. 4, 2017 — Researchers have discovered that smart bumblebees die sooner and don't collect as much food over their life spans as their less intelligent co-workers. Researchers suggest that the energy ... read more

Apr. 4, 2017 — A multi-institutional team has proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also ... read more

Apr. 3, 2017 — We tend to assume that domestication is a one-way street and that, once domesticated, crop plants stay domesticated. A new study of rice shows, however, that different methods of farming change the ... read more

Apr. 3, 2017 — In the second half of the 20th century, an agricultural boom called the 'green revolution' was largely credited with averting a global food crisis. Now, the problem of feeding the ... read more

Mar. 30, 2017 — Orchard growers looking for alternatives to honey bees for managed pollination services have new reason to be optimistic about the potential of one honey bee cousin, the blue orchard bee. A recent ... read more

Mar. 29, 2017 — The bacteria Listeria monocytogenes can live inside the tissue of romaine lettuce, researchers have found, suggesting that conventional post-harvest sanitization practices might not be sufficient to ... read more

11 Percent of Disappearing Groundwater Used to Grow Internationally Traded Food

Mar. 29, 2017 — Eleven percent of the global non-renewable groundwater drawn up for irrigation goes to produce crops that are then traded on the international market, new research ... read more

Mar. 29, 2017 — An important discovery surrounding plants used to feed livestock has been released by scientists. They report that plants growing in warmer conditions are tougher and have lower nutritional value to ... read more

Mustard Seeds Without Mustard Flavor

Mar. 28, 2017 — Researchers have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to heat, drought and diseases than oilseed ... read more

Cookbooks Give Readers (Mostly) Bad Advice on Food Safety

Mar. 27, 2017 — A recent study finds bestselling cookbooks offer readers little useful advice about reducing food-safety risks, and much of the advice they do provide is inaccurate and not based on sound ... read more

Farming Becoming Riskier Under Climate Change

Mar. 27, 2017 — Climate change is predicted to impact agriculture, but a new study puts these changes in terms that are directly applicable to farmers. For Illinois, the corn planting window will be split in two to ... read more

Unique Wheat Passes the Test

Mar. 27, 2017 — A unique, patented wheat can have significant importance to agriculture, the environment and undernourished people in developing countries. Animal tests recently demonstrated that this special wheat ... read more

Mar. 23, 2017 — Dairy cows housed indoors want to break curfew and roam free, suggests new research. The researchers said their findings support previous research that found public opinion of a good life for cattle ... read more

Pollination Mystery Unlocked by Bee Researchers

Mar. 22, 2017 — Bees latch on to similarly-sized nectarless flowers to unpick pollen – like keys fitting into locks, scientists have ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — 100% natural, 100% gluten free - get ready for the battle of the grain. Researchers have resolved the science behind a new bread-baking recipe. The method for making gluten-free bread uses rice-flour ... read more

Mar. 15, 2017 — Annually, diseases, weeds, and insects are estimated to cause more than $1.3 billion in losses for sunflower growers. To combat this, researchers are preserving the genetic diversity of wild ... read more

What Makes Farmers Try New Practices?

Mar. 14, 2017 — Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. A group of researchers wanted to know which farmers are most likely to ... read more

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