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Scientists release first cultivated ohelo berry for Hawaii
The first cultivar of ohelo berry, a popular native Hawaiian fruit, has been released by US Department of Agriculture scientists and their university and industry cooperators. (2010-09-24)

$1.2 million grant to support Clemson precision agriculture cotton research
Clemson University will lead a groundbreaking multistate, multidisciplinary study of key precision agriculture technology after receiving a $1.2 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. (2010-09-23)

Farm, forest lands being protected -- but not always for farming or forestry
More than 35 years after Oregon began one of the nation's most ambitious land use planning programs, a new study suggests it's still difficult to demonstrate that it has accomplished one of its primary goals -- protecting agricultural lands and a thriving forest, farm and ranching industry. (2010-09-20)

Making cookies that are good for your heart
Years of research has proven that saturated and trans fats clog arteries, make it tough for the heart to pump and are not valuable components of any diet. Unfortunately, they are contained in many foods. Now, a University of Missouri research team has developed a soybean which produces oil that is naturally low in saturated and trans fats. (2010-09-13)

Early cotton planting requires irrigation
Cotton growers can produce more cotton if they plant early, but not without irrigation. That's the finding of an article published in the September-October 2010 Agronomy Journal, a publication of the American Society of Agronomy. (2010-09-09)

New book explores history, future of international agriculture
A new book take both a historical look at the impact of the American Society of Agronomy in international agriculture, and a look forward into the future. (2010-09-09)

'Soyscreen': Sunscreen for fungus to expand biological control of crop pests
Scientists today described development and successful initial tests on a substance that acts as a sunscreen for the microscopic spores of a fungus, brightening prospects for wider use of the fungus as a means of wiping out insect pests that attack food crops. (2010-09-08)

Plant nutrients from wastewater
Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium -- there are valuable nutrients contained in wastewater. Unfortunately, these essential nutrients are lost in conventional wastewater treatment plants. This is the reason why researchers at Fraunhofer have been working on processes for regaining these nutrients in the form that can be used for agriculture. They are showcasing their work at Fraunhofer's stand at the IFAT ENTSORGA fair (Sept. 13-17 in Munich, Germany). (2010-09-07)

Study recommends changes to emergency seed aid
A major study of agriculture in Haiti after this year's earthquake has found that much of the emergency seed aid provided after the disaster was not targeted to emergency needs. The report concludes that seed aid, when poorly designed, could actually harm farmers or depress local markets, therefore hampering recovery from emergencies. (2010-09-01)

First clear evidence of feasting in early humans
Community feasting is one of the most universal and important social behaviors found among humans. Now, scientists have found the earliest clear evidence of organized feasting, from a burial site dated about 12,000 years ago. These remains represent the first archaeological verification that human feasting began before the advent of agriculture. (2010-08-30)

Core knowledge of tree fruit expands with apple genome sequencing
An international team of scientists funded by the US Department of Agriculture has published a draft sequence of the domestic apple genome in the current issue of Nature Genetics. (2010-08-29)

CEAP study examines nitrogen, copper levels in Bay watershed
A comprehensive study of pollutants in a major Chesapeake Bay tributary revealed troublesome levels of nitrogen and copper that could flow into the Bay, according to US Department of Agriculture scientists and their cooperators. (2010-08-20)

US greenhouse gas emissions and capture, regionally
A new report summarizes the role of agriculture in greenhouse gas emissions and capture. (2010-08-12)

Impressive lineup of speakers at Tufts nutrition conference
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University will host the 5th Annual Friedman School Symposium, Nov. 5-6, 2010, in Boston, Mass. (2010-08-12)

Switchgrass lessens soil nitrate loss into waterways, ISU researcher says
Iowa State University researchers Matt Helmers and Antonio Mallarino find that by planting switchgrass and using certain agronomic practices, farmers can significantly reduce the amount of nitrogen and nitrates that leach into the soil. (2010-08-10)

New $1.5 million NSF grant to track bee declines and pollination
A $1.5 million National Science Foundation multi-institutional grant -- co-led by Cornell entomologist Bryan Danforth -- will consolidate data from 10 natural history bee collections across the United States. (2010-07-29)

A new tool for improving switchgrass
Agricultural Research Service scientists have developed a new tool for deciphering the genetics of a native prairie grass being widely studied for its potential as a biofuel. The genetic map of switchgrass, published by Christian Tobias, a molecular biologist at the ARS Western Regional Research Center in Albany, Calif., and his colleagues, is expected to speed up the search for genes that will make the perennial plant a more viable source of bioenergy. (2010-07-27)

2 Americans launch idea after viewing Afghan farms
In the most foreign of countries, following a misunderstood industry, and in the middle of war, two Americans met recently and realized they shared a dream: Helping farmers patch up their land, produce better crops and deliver them safely to hungry people. Result: Howard G. Buffett Foundation puts $1.5 million at Texas A&M's Borlaug Institute to study conflict resolution and agriculture. First country: Afghanistan. (2010-07-23)

Report finds bioenergy production can expand across Africa without displacing food
Crops can be produced for bioenergy on a significant scale in west, eastern and southern Africa without doing damage to food production or natural habitats, according to a report produced by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, Imperial College London and CAMCO International. The study was released today at the 5th African Agriculture Science Week in Burkina Faso. (2010-07-23)

A baby, Skype and water research partnership with Israel
A year ago, Sharon Walker, an associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, flew to Israel with support from a Fulbright fellowship to study water quality and sustainability issues in a similarly arid environment. She returned last month with a a deep familiarity with Skype, a baby daughter and a grant to develop a collaborative program on water sustainability with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. (2010-07-20)

Scientists mount a 'sting operation' in Thailand to tackle a devastating pest outbreak
In the start of a carefully crafted emergency campaign to thwart a pest outbreak that is wreaking havoc on Thailand's vital cassava production, agricultural researchers will release a quarter of a million parasitic wasps in the northeastern part of the country. (2010-07-16)

Experts gather in Ouagadougou to map out agenda to accelerate innovation for African farmers
Over 700 prominent agriculture researchers, policy makers and development experts from around the world along with the President of Burkina Faso and ministers of Agriculture, Science and Foreign Affairs from several African and European countries are gathering July 19-24 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for the 5th African Agriculture Science week and General Assembly of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa. (2010-07-14)

Scientists identify new potential biocontrol for skunk vine
A new beetle that could be used to control the invasive weed skunk vine has been identified by Agricultural Research Service scientists and cooperators. (2010-07-13)

New way to conquer disease-causing nematodes in flies has implications for human diseases
A Science article published on July 9, 2010, describes the discovery of an alternative form of evolution that helps Drosophila flies conquer nematodes that sterilize them. Nematodes are among the most abundant, diverse and destructive parasites of plants and animals. (2010-07-08)

Of moose and men: 50-year study into moose arthritis reveals link with early malnutrition
It's seen as a sign of getting old, but scientists have discovered that arthritis is not just a human problem as a study lasting 50 years reveals how moose suffer from an identical form of the condition. The research, published in Ecology Letters, also casts new light on how malnutrition early in life can lead to the disorder in both moose and humans. (2010-07-06)

Innovotech receives funding to advance environmentally friendly agricultural crop protection product
Innovotech Inc., a pioneer in the field of biofilm product development, has secured funding in excess of $900,000 from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to facilitate the commercialization of Agress, its unique, environmentally friendly seed treatment and plant spray designed to protect crops against both bacterial and fungal infections. (2010-06-30)

Researchers study value of chicken litter in cotton production
Chicken litter is much more valuable as a fertilizer than previously thought, according to an Agricultural Research Service study showing its newfound advantages over conventional fertilizers. (2010-06-23)

Aerogeophysical survey provides promising prospects of economic development in Afghanistan
Data gathered and compiled by NRL and USGS scientists during geophysical survey flights over Afghanistan reveal potentially rich natural resource sediment basins and mineral deposits and provide hydrologic and geospatial referenced imagery to support infrastructure and economic development. (2010-06-18)

Fescue toxicosis and management
A new professional guide, (2010-06-15)

High-yield agriculture slows pace of global warming, say Stanford researchers
Advances in high-yield agriculture achieved during the so-called Green Revolution have not only helped feed the planet, but also have helped slow the pace of global warming by cutting the amount of biomass burned -- and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions -- when forests or grasslands are cleared for farming. Stanford researchers estimate those emissions have been trimmed by over half a trillion tons of carbon dioxide. (2010-06-14)

High yield crops keep carbon emissions low
The Green Revolution of the late 20th century increased crop yields worldwide and helped feed an expanding global population. According to a new report, it also has helped keep greenhouse gas emissions at bay. The researchers estimate that since 1961 higher yields per acre have avoided the release of nearly 600 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. (2010-06-14)

Collagen manufactured from transgenic tobacco plants at Hebrew University
A scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment has succeeded in producing a replica of human collagen from tobacco plants -- an achievement with tremendous commercial implications for use in a variety of human medical procedures. (2010-06-10)

Experts identify biological control to contain fungus killer in Kenya's maize supply
As Kenya once again grapples with high levels of aflatoxin contamination, which has rendered at least 2.3 million bags of maize unfit for human and livestock consumption, international experts announced today that they have identified a local non-toxic form of the fungus responsible for aflatoxin that can be used to control contamination through a novel biological control approach, which is entirely safe and effective. (2010-06-10)

Plant disease -- more than a crop killer
The devastating consequences of emerging infectious diseases on crops in developing countries and their economic and social impacts are often underestimated, according to a new study by Maurizio Vurro and his colleagues from the Institute of the Science of Food Production in Italy. The authors call for local governments and international communities to establish better mechanisms for monitoring and managing emerging infectious diseases in developing countries. Their findings are published in Springer's journal, Food Security. (2010-06-07)

Straw residue helps keep nitrogen on the farm
A research study evaluated the potential for straw residue to retain legume-derived nitrogen in a corn cropping system. (2010-05-24)

Food insecurity increases risk of weight gain and complications during pregnancy
A recent research study has shown that food insecurity, a person's inability to obtain adequate amounts of food due to resource constraints, can lead to greater weight gain and increased complications during a woman's pregnancy. (2010-05-21)

Seeds of aflatoxin-resistant corn lines available
Six new corn inbred lines with resistance to aflatoxin contamination have been found to be free of seed-borne diseases foreign to the United States, and seeds of these lines are now available in the United States for further development toward commercialization. (2010-05-20)

Massive resources now directed at sustainable animal waste technology
Danish research and industry are leading the field internationally within the development of environmental technologies and are now also focusing on animal waste technologies with worldwide applications. (2010-05-20)

Cornell's regional 'sun grant' energy conference is May 24-26
National and regional biofuel, biopower and bioproducts experts will convene in Syracuse for the Northeast Sun Grant 2010 Regional Conference, at Renaissance Syracuse Hotel, on May 24-26, 2010. The conference is hosted by Cornell University. (2010-05-07)

Leading international climate experts build food security in the face of climate change
Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security is a large-scale 10-year research initiative which, from its start in 2010, will seek solutions to how to adapt the world's agricultural areas to a different climate with new conditions for production and agriculture and help reduce agriculture's emission of greenhouse gases. The Secretariat for CCAFS is placed at LIFE -- Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen. CCAFS will primarily focus on three regions: South Asia, West Africa and East Africa. (2010-05-06)

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