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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

Oldest Americans Most Focused on Reducing Food Waste

Feb. 14, 2019 — The vast majority of Americans are paying attention to reducing food waste with the oldest being the most cognizant, according to the latest ... read more

A Billion Years of Coexistence Between Plants and Fungi

Feb. 6, 2019 — What can a billion years of coexistence tell us about the evolution of plants and ... read more

Recycled Gypsum as an Agricultural Product

Feb. 6, 2019 — Gypsum, a source of calcium and sulfur, can benefit crops and soils. When recovered from power plant smokestacks, it brings the additional benefits of ... read more

Prehistoric Food Globalization Spanned Three Millennia

Feb. 6, 2019 — Prehistoric peasant farmers struggling to put more food on the table fueled the global spread of some of the world's first and most important domesticated grain crops beginning as early as 7,000 ... read more

Leaves Are Nature's Most Sophisticated Environment Sensors

Feb. 5, 2019 — New research confirms that leaves are nature's most sophisticated environment sensors. We can therefore use leaves to tell us about the management of the land they are growing in. The experiment ... read more

Feb. 4, 2019 — Researchers sought to understand how climate change, specifically changes in snowpack and VPD, is affecting pikas. Researchers related population abundances to weather and snowpack dynamics in the ... read more

Culprit Found for Honeybee Deaths in California Almond Groves

Feb. 4, 2019 — 'Fungicides, often needed for crop protection, are routinely used during almond bloom, but in many cases growers were also adding insecticides to the mix. Our research shows that some ... read more

Biotechnology to the Rescue of Brussels Sprouts

Feb. 4, 2019 — An international team has identified the genes that make these plants resistant to the pathogen that attacks crops belonging to the cabbage family all over the ... read more

Feb. 4, 2019 — Agricultural production benefits enormously from flower-visiting bees and other insects. Hedgerows and the edges of forests represent important habitats for pollinators. Scientists have investigated ... read more

Quality of Overall Diet Is Key to Lowering Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Feb. 4, 2019 — New research shows that a high-quality diet defined by low intake of animal foods such as red meat, and high intake of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and reduced intake of ... read more

Feb. 2, 2019 — In efforts to curb our use of greenhouse gas-generating fossil fuels, plant-based biofuels are among the top contenders as alternative liquid energy sources for transportation. However, strategies to ... read more

Feb. 1, 2019 — When it comes to processing coffee beans, longer fermentation times can result in better taste, contrary to conventional wisdom. Lactic acid bacteria play an important, positive role in this process. ... read more

Feb. 1, 2019 — Researchers have discovered a new switch that plants use to control their responses to iron ... read more

Feb. 1, 2019 — For pollinating butterflies, it is more important to be close to forests than to agricultural fields, according to a study of 32,000 butterflies by researchers in Sweden. The results provide ... read more

To Solve Pollinator Health Crisis, State Governments Are Key

Jan. 30, 2019 — For the first time, researchers have catalogued every pollinator protection policy enacted by state governments from 2000-2017. The resulting database of information allows everyone from legislators ... read more

Miscanthus With Improved Winter-Hardiness Could Benefit Northern Growers

Jan. 30, 2019 — The cold-sensitivity of Miscanthus, a perennial biomass crop, has limited its adoption in northern climes, but new research shows a way forward for would-be Miscanthus growers in cold ... read more

Prairie Strips Transform Farmland Conservation

Jan. 30, 2019 — Modern agriculture's outputs can be measured both in dollars paid in the market and also in non-market costs, known as externalities. Soil, nutrients, groundwater, pollinators, wildlife ... read more

Jan. 29, 2019 — Corn is planted on approximately 90 million acres across the United States every year. With all that data, it takes months after harvest for government agencies to analyze total yield and grain ... read more

Jan. 29, 2019 — The exceptional climate-altering capabilities of cattle are mainly due to methane, which they blast into the atmosphere during their daily digestive routine. Cattle urine is a lesser-known climate ... read more

Cassava High in Iron and Zinc Could Improve Diets and Health in West Africa

Jan. 28, 2019 — A new study shows that field-grown cassava plants overexpressing a combination of plant genes can accumulate significantly higher concentrations of iron and ... read more

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