Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 15, 2011
Integrated, organic production systems evaluated for 'liberty' apple
A new study of disease-resistant

New romaine lettuce lines launched
Dieback disease caused by soil-borne viruses affects romaine and leaf-type lettuce, often resulting in extensive crop loss.

Columbia University uses technological innovation to study bone structure
A team of researchers at Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Medical Center announced today the results of the first study comparing bone structure in Chinese-American women to Caucasian women.

Storms, soccer matches hidden in seismometer noise
Who knew? The chance discovery that spikes in seismometer noise recorded in Africa corresponded with soccer matches has led to the discovery that there's a lot more buried in the noise, including a signal from the famous storms of the Southern Atlantic Ocean, the bane of ships of sail.

'A stark warning:' Smoking causes genetic damage within minutes after inhaling
In research described as

Green super rice is coming
Rice bred to perform well in the toughest conditions where the poorest farmers grow rice is a step away from reaching farmers thanks to a major project led by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the International Rice Research Institute.

Study finds psychological, environmental benefits of horticultural activities
People engage in gardening and related activities for both psychological and environmental reasons, says a new Taiwanese study.

Chile Pepper Institute introduces 'NuMex Jalmundo'
The New Mexico State University chile pepper breeding program recently released a new jalapeƱo pepper named

New findings provide cost, benefit data for Florida citrus industry
Harvesting can account for as much as 50 percent of the production cost for Florida's citrus crops.

Survey reveals consumer awareness, willingness-to-pay for Texas ornamental brands
A study from Texas A&M University evaluated consumer awareness of two Texas ornamental plant promotion programs. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to