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December 14, 2018

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December 14, 2018

Transforming Our Food System to Ensure a Sustainable Future

Dec. 6, 2018 — By 2050, the world will have almost 10 billion people. It will be impossible to feed everyone without exacerbating poverty, accelarting deforestation and increasing GHG emissions unless we start ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Composite materials made from agricultural waste could be used to produce sustainable, lightweight and low-cost applications in the automotive and marine ... read more

Increasing Crop Insurances Adoption in Developing Countries

Dec. 6, 2018 — A bad crop can have severe consequences for farmers in developing countries. Despite the significant advantages crop insurances would offer in alleviating this risk, only a small percentage of ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — While it's an important part of our diets, new research shows that rice plants can be used in a different way, too: to clean runoff from farms before it gets into rivers, lakes, and ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — A study suggests the reason some seedlings are more commonly eaten by slugs and snails may be down to the smells produced by young seedlings in the early stages of their ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — Lake Constance, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Europe, suffered from eutrophication, or nutrient contamination caused by agricultural and waste water run-off in the mid-1900s. A study has now ... read more

Inactivating Genes Can Boost Crop Genetic Diversity

Dec. 4, 2018 — Researchers recently showed that inactivating a gene, RECQ4, leads to a three-fold increase in recombination in crops such as rice, pea and tomato. The discovery could speed up plant breeding and ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — In a step toward producing renewable engine fuels that are compatible with existing diesel fuel infrastructure, researchers report they can convert wet biowaste, such as swine manure and food scraps, ... read more

New Technique to Identify Phloem Cells Aids in the Fight Against Citrus Greening

Dec. 4, 2018 — Phloem diseases, including the economically devastating citrus greening, are particularly difficult to study because phloem cells -- essential for plant nutrient transport -- are difficult to access ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — A year ago, President Donald Trump announced his intention to reduce the size of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which Utah State University researchers say is a hotspot for ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — The population of American farmers is aging, but a study shows a new generation of farmers is flocking to cities with large populations, farmers markets and the purchasing power to support a market ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — A group of researchers has established a laboratory-based method for tracking the fertility of honey bee queens, using a laboratory set-up that would mimic the key aspects of the hive environment and ... read more

Planting More Hedgerows and Trees Could Help Bees Thrive Once Again

Nov. 30, 2018 — Planting more hedgerows and trees could hold the key to helping UK bees thrive once again, a new study argues. And researchers suggest artificial intelligence could be used as a tool to design our ... read more

New Research Questions Fish Stocking Obligations

Nov. 30, 2018 — Fish stocking as a fisheries compensation method in hydropower operations no longer meets latest legal and scientific requirements, according to a new study. The study focuses on ecological flows ... read more

Climate Change Risks 'Extinction Domino Effect'

Nov. 29, 2018 — New research reveals the extinction of plant or animal species from extreme environmental change increases the risk of an 'extinction domino effect' that could annihilate all life on Earth. ... read more

Nov. 29, 2018 — In the Loess Plateau region of northwestern China, potato is the main food crop. However, the area has a dry climate with uneven precipitation. Researchers are finding the best combination of tillage ... read more

Nov. 28, 2018 — Researchers have discovered why some plants 'live fast and die young' whilst others have long and healthy ... read more

Many Regions Increasingly Suffer Hot, Dry Conditions at the Same Time

Nov. 28, 2018 — Odds are rising that warm, dry conditions -- the kind that can hurt crop yields, destabilize food prices and exacerbate wildfires -- will strike multiple regions at once. A new study shows just how ... read more

Authenticating the Geographic Origin of Hazelnuts

Nov. 28, 2018 — Hazelnuts, like olive oil, cheese and other agricultural products, differ in flavor depending on their geographic origin. Because consumers and processors are willing to pay more for better nuts -- ... read more

Nov. 28, 2018 — Researchers are highlighting another effect from animals raised for food and the humans who eat them: the fecal matter they all leave ... read more

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