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Urban soil quality and compost
Increasing organic matter, improving soil structure, important for urban growers. (2013-10-14)
Ability to identify 'killer' bees a boon to the honeybee industry
A genetic test that can prevent the entry of 'killer' bees into Australia and their spread around the world has been created by researchers at the University of Sydney and their collaborators at York University in Canada. (2015-04-21)
Plant scientist named AAAS fellow
Kriton Hatzios, director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognizing his (2000-11-02)
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)
Breakthrough in powering wireless sensors
Researchers at the Australian National University are a step closer to harvesting renewable or ambient energy from mobile phone base stations to power battery-operated wireless sensors used in industries including health and agriculture. (2016-07-12)
Scientists discover final piece in phytate jigsaw
A team of scientists in Spain and the UK have identified the final piece in the jigsaw of how phytate is produced in plants. (2010-04-26)
Could switchgrass help China's air quality?
Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China's air quality, but they're not atmospheric scientists. (2017-09-05)
1999 Tyler Prize Honors Rice Geneticist And Population Scientist
Te-Tzu (T.T.) Chang of Taiwan and Joel E. Cohen of the United States have been awarded the 1999 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. (1999-03-05)
Researchers study pesticide pathways into the atmosphere
In a long-term field study, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists found that herbicide volatilization consistently resulted in herbicide losses that exceed losses from field runoff. (2011-07-12)
Researchers outline food security-climate change road map in Science
While last month's climate negotiations in Durban made incremental progress toward helping farmers adapt to climate change and reduce agriculture's climate footprint, a group of international agriculture experts, writing in the Jan. (2012-01-19)
What does a GOP-led Congress mean for science -- and the public?
With Republicans now at the helm, Congress is gearing up to pursue a legislative agenda with potentially profound implications for science and how it informs policies on the environment, energy, health and agriculture. (2015-01-21)
Lower food and fuel costs could result from MU researcher's battle against soy pest
University of Missouri plant pathologist Melissa Mitchum and colleagues recently received a $466,000 grant from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to continue their research on protecting soybeans from nematode parasites, which cause $1.3 billion annually in soybean crop losses in the US. (2012-04-26)
Deadly flower power? Imported tulip bulbs spread anti-fungal resistance
Tulip and narcissus bulbs imported into Ireland from the Netherlands may be acting as vehicles for the international spread of a drug-resistant fungus -- with potentially fatal consequences. (2017-05-18)
Cattle movement estimation study sheds light on disease risk
A study co-authored by a Kansas State University researcher and one of her former students helps with estimating cattle movement to determine disease risk. (2015-08-03)
USDA awards $3.4 million for research to increase wheat yields
The US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture today announced the award of $3.4 million for research into the development of new wheat varieties that are adapted to different geographical regions and environmental conditions. (2016-12-15)
Genes shed light on spread of agriculture in Stone Age Europe
One of the most debated developments in human history is the transition from hunter-gatherer to agricultural societies. (2012-04-26)
Livestock Grain Could Feed 800 Million
The United States could feed 800 million people with grain that livestock eat, according to a Cornell University ecologist's analysis of the environmental impact of American agriculture. (1997-08-11)
Climate change and US agriculture: Benefits dwindle as the picture sharpens
Computer-based simulations of U.S. agriculture show that, by the year 2060, the benefits of climate change to American croplands could be less than previous work had indicated. (2003-10-15)
Deadly fish virus now found in all Great Lakes
A deadly fish virus that was first discovered in the Northeast in 2005 has been found for the first time in fish from Lake Superior, report Cornell researchers. (2010-01-27)
From orchards and fields to townhouses and offices
As land in California that was once farmland becomes more and more developed, plant pathologists are charged with trying to find ways to smooth the coexistence of non-farmers and the agricultural industry. (2004-07-20)
Ants and termites boost dryland wheat yields
Ants and termites have a significant positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture, according to a paper published today in the journal 'Nature Communications' by scientists at CSIRO and the University of Sydney. (2011-03-31)
Researchers offer new and novel paradigm for advancing research on beneficial microbes
While beneficial microbes are increasingly used in agriculture, environmental stressors such as heat can quickly kill or render them useless in the field; and discovering new and better treatments is slow due to the large microbial diversity in soils. (2017-07-25)
SoAR Foundation launches Scientific Advisory Committee to strengthen agricultural research
The Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation today announce the formation of its Scientific Advisory Committee, an eight-member panel led by Vicki Chandler, PhD, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the Minerva Schools at KGI. (2015-10-22)
Fungus-farming termites descend from an African rain forest Eve
Fungus-farming termites cultivate fungi as food inside their nests. Such termites can be found in both rain forest and savannah habitats in the Old World tropics, from Africa to Asia. (2005-05-09)
Investment key in adapting to climate change in West Africa
Climate change will likely have negative impacts on food production in West Africa, but a new study provides insights on how strategic planning by decision makers could ease or exacerbate food security challenges in the region. (2017-03-09)
Innovative process reduces energy consumption and improves product quality in the food industry
Consumers will eat better and will enjoy a healthier environment thanks to a new canning process for jars and cans. (2002-10-17)
NIFA announces $8.4 million in funding to address climate change impact on US agriculture
The US Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture today announced the availability of $8.4 million in available funding to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. (2016-07-12)
Paying farmers to help the environment works, but 'perverse' subsidies must be balanced
First analysis of effectiveness of agri-environment schemes measured at a national level suggests that they work, but are still a drop in the ocean compared to huge government subsidies received by farming industries for environmentally damaging practices. (2015-09-09)
Researchers discover oldest evidence of 'farming' -- by insects
Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil evidence of agriculture -- not by humans, but by insects. (2016-06-23)
Invasive birds spreading avian malaria in eastern Australia
An invasive bird species is carrying, and potentially spreading, a high prevalence of avian malaria throughout its range in eastern Australia, a Griffith University Ph.D. candidate has uncovered. (2015-10-19)
International collaboration explains sheep genome, secrets of unique digestive and metabolic systems
An international team of scientists including the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine has completed the first ever sequence of the sheep genome, shedding new information on the species' unique and specialized digestive and metabolic systems. (2014-06-05)
UAF scientist helps put Alaska-grown potatoes on the table during AG talks between U.S., China
Alaska-grown potatoes will be on the table for discussion during next week's round of trade talks between U.S. and China, thanks in part to efforts by Jenifer Huang McBeath, a plant pathologist from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. (2000-07-20)
New study suggests severe deficits in UK honeybee numbers
A study published by the University of Reading's Centre for Agri-Environmental Research suggests that honeybees may not be as important to pollination services in the UK than previously supposed. (2011-07-01)
Study to examine the relationship between grasslands and soil biodiversity
A new four-year study by researchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will evaluate pastures to document how management of native grasslands may enhance soil biodiversity and contribute to producer profitability. (2017-01-31)
Researchers map genomic differences in yellow fever, malaria mosquitoes
Virginia Tech entomologists have developed a chromosome map for about half of the genome of the mosquito Aedes agypti, the major carrier of dengue fever and yellow fever. (2014-06-17)
WCS says avian flu prevention should focus on farms, markets
Wildlife health experts from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warn that efforts to control the spread of avian flu across Asia and beyond must focus on better management practices on farms and in markets. (2005-08-12)
UTIA project named Project of the Year for DoD Environmental Security Technology
A project to identify and track threatened, endangered and at-risk avian species on US Department of Defense (DoD) facilities has been named the DoD's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) project of the year for 2016. (2017-02-09)
Ghengis Khan wonder berry could conquer heart disease
Berries from the sea buckthorn plant, used in traditional Mongolian and Tibetan medicine have shown cholesterol lowering properties. (2006-10-03)
NC State research tests winter cover crops, soil health on organic farms
North Carolina State University soil scientists have received $700,000 from the US Department of Agriculture to examine how winter cover crops on organic farms can make the soil healthier to help organic farming meet increased demand from consumers. (2011-01-19)
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