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January 20, 2019

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January 20, 2019

Gut Bacteria Make Key Amino Acids Dispensable, Expanding Food Options for Invasive Flies

Jan. 16, 2019 — Fruit flies fed antibiotics to suppress their gut microbiome are forced to avoid the best food patches if they lack vital amino acids, according to a new ... read more

New Conservation Practice Could Reduce Nitrogen Pollution in Agricultural Drainage Water

Jan. 15, 2019 — In a new study, scientists have estimated that a new conservation practice known as saturated buffers could reduce nitrogen from agricultural drainage by 5 to 10 ... read more

History of North African Date Palm

Jan. 14, 2019 — Genome analysis reveals that North African date palms are a hybrid between cultivated date palms from the Middle East and a different, wild species of palm that grows on the island of Crete and in ... read more

Responsible Innovation Key to Smart Farming

Dec. 21, 2018 — Responsible innovation that considers the wider impacts on society is key to smart farming, according to academics. Scientists argue that the concept of responsible innovation should underpin the ... read more

Dec. 20, 2018 — Beekeepers and researchers will welcome the unveiling of the small hive beetle's genome by scientists. The small hive beetle (SHB) is a major parasite problem of honey bees for which there are ... read more

Dec. 19, 2018 — Researchers are studying peanut varieties to find a 'water conservation' trait. It would help the plant maintain a high yield during a ... read more

Cover Crops May Increase Winter Temperatures in North America

Dec. 19, 2018 — Cover crops grown in fields during winter may be warming temperatures in the northern United States and southern Canada, according to a new ... read more

Dec. 18, 2018 — Harvester ants that eat weed seeds on the soil's surface can help farmers manage weeds on their farms, according to an international team of researchers, who found that tilling less to preserve ... read more

Do You Know the Carbon Footprint of Your Food Choices?

Dec. 17, 2018 — Consumers greatly underestimate the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with their food choices, but they'll favor items with a lower carbon footprint if they're ... read more

Changes in Agriculture Could Cut Sector Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Up to 50 Percent

Dec. 17, 2018 — The agricultural sector is the world's largest source of non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, and research has found that changing agricultural practices and a shift in diet away from meat and ... read more

Oyster Aquaculture Limits Disease in Wild Oyster Populations

Dec. 17, 2018 — A fisheries researcher has found that oyster aquaculture operations can limit the spread of disease among wild populations of oysters. The findings are contrary to long-held beliefs that diseases are ... read more

Building a Better Weapon Against Harmful Algal Blooms

Dec. 17, 2018 — Scientists have shared early results from a trio of studies that aim to improve models designed to guide agricultural practices for reducing the risk of nitrogen and phosphorous farm runoff. Such ... read more

A Method to Monitor Indoor Crop Health No Matter What Planet You're on

Dec. 17, 2018 — Scientists are using the single-image normalized difference vegetation index (SI-NDVI), a popular metric of plant health and photosynthetic rate originally developed for satellite-based monitoring of ... read more

Warmer Winters Threaten UK Blackcurrant Farming

Dec. 17, 2018 — Warmer winters may not provide sufficient chilling for blackcurrants in the UK, delaying the start of the growing season and resulting in reduced yields and lower fruit quality, researchers have ... read more

Plants Don't Like Touch: Green Thumb Myth Dispelled

Dec. 17, 2018 — Research has found that plants are extremely sensitive to touch and that repeated touching can significantly retard growth. The findings could lead to new approaches to optimizing plant growth and ... read more

Governments, Researchers Underestimate Impact of Inefficient Land-Use on Climate Change

Dec. 12, 2018 — Policymakers and researchers have underestimated the effect that changes in land management and people's diets would have on limiting greenhouse gas emissions and countering the effects of ... read more

Dec. 12, 2018 — Plant biologists have discovered a way to make crop plants replicate through seeds as clones. The discovery, long sought by plant breeders and geneticists, could make it easier to propagate ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Regulators worldwide currently use honeybees as the sole model species failing to account for potential threats posed by agrochemicals to the full diversity of bee species from bumblebees to solitary ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — A new study shows that several species of bats are giving Madagascar's rice farmers a vital pest control service by feasting on plagues of insects. And this, a zoologist believes, can ease the ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in the leaves of the plant Nicotiana benthamiana. These proteins are promising ... read more

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