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Agriculture and Food News
May 19, 2019

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New discoveries made at the Klasies River Cave in South Africa's southern Cape, where charred food remains from hearths were found, provide the first archaeological evidence ... read more

Organic Animal Farms Benefit Birds Nesting in Agricultural Environments

Environmental subsidies for agriculture awarded by the European Union aim to improve biodiversity in agricultural environments. A recently completed Finnish study indicates that the proximity of ... read more

Breakthrough Technique for Studying Gene Expression Takes Root in Plants

An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time -- a breakthrough that could herald a new era of fundamental research and bolster efforts to engineer ... read more
A new study reveals the loss of plant diversity harms the humble bumblebee at a critical stage in its development from egg ... read more
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Rice Blast Fungus Study Sheds New Light on Virulence Mechanisms of Plant Pathogenic Fungi

Researchers examined the fungal cell biology of rice blast fungus pathogenesis and recently published the first systematic and comprehensive report on the molecular mechanism of the actin-binding ... read more

Role of Cover Crops in Slowing Herbicide Resistance

A new article shows that cover crops can play an important role in slowing the development of herbicide-resistant ... read more

The Secrets of Secretion: Isolating Eucalyptus Genes for Oils, Biofuel

Close genetic analysis of 480 blue mallee eucalyptus plants provides clues to modify cultivars for greater yield, whether for essential oils or jet ... read more

Scientists have discovered how two closely-related species of Asiatic dayflower can coexist in the wild despite their competitive relationship. Through a combination of field surveys and artificial ... read more

Unexpected interactions between mutations can be a thorn in the side for plant breeders. Scientists unveil what drove one infamous 'cryptic' ... read more

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history -- and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark ... read more

The Winter Weather Window That Is Costing Rapeseed Growers Millions

Rapeseed growers are losing up to a quarter of their crop yield each year because of temperature rises during an early-winter weather ... read more

A distinct strain of canine distemper virus, which is a widespread virus of importance to wildlife and domesticated dogs, has been identified in wild animals in New Hampshire and Vermont, according ... read more

First they mapped the genome of wheat; now they have reconstructed its breeding history. Scientists have examined the genetic diversity of wheat varieties in the WHEALBI study. By doing so, they ... read more

Climate Extremes: Impact on Global Crop Yield Variations

Climate extremes, such as drought, heatwaves, heavy precipitation and more are responsible for 18 to 43 percent of variation in crop yields for maize, spring wheat, rice and soybeans. according to a ... read more

Discovery of RNA Transfer Through Royal Jelly Could Aid Development of Honey Bee Vaccines

Researchers have discovered that honey bees are able to share immunity with other bees and to their offspring in a hive by transmitting RNA 'vaccines' through royal jelly and worker jelly. ... read more

Working to understand the genetics of peanut disease resistance and yield, researchers led by scientists at the University of Georgia have uncovered the peanut's unlikely and complicated ... read more

Field Experiment Finds a Simple Change That Could Boost Agricultural Productivity by 60 Percent

Acknowledging 75 percent of the crop to tenants in crop-sharing contracts, instead of the customary 50 percent, can boost agricultural productivity and income levels in developing countries. In a ... read more

Mathematician's Breakthrough on Non-Toxic Pest Control

Breakthrough 'gene silencing' technique uses naturally occurring soil bacteria to kill specific crop-destroying pests without harming other insects or the environment. Non-toxic pest ... read more

Do Additives Help the Soil?

A researcher is using her latest study to question whether soil additives are worth their salt. Despite a decades-long practice, there could be environmental consequences of adding bio-fertilizers ... read more

The Hunger Gaps: How Flowering Times Affect Farmland Bees

For the very first time, researchers have measured farmland nectar supplies throughout the whole year and revealed hungry gaps when food supply is not meeting pollinator demand. This novel finding ... read more

Improving cotton quality can have ramifications for $12B US cotton trade ... read more

Changing Climate May Affect Animal-to-Human Disease Transfer

Climate change could affect occurrences of diseases like bird-flu and Ebola, with environmental factors playing a larger role than previously understood in animal-to-human disease transfer. ... read more

Recent flooding in the Midwest has brought attention to the complex agricultural problems associated with too much rain. Data from the past three decades suggest that excessive rainfall can affect ... read more

Bees exposed to a neonicotinoid pesticide fly only a third of the distance that unexposed bees are able to achieve. Flight behavior is crucial for determining how bees forage, so reduced flight ... read more

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