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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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Geopolitics Major Drivers of Increasing 'Food Shocks'

Jan. 28, 2019 — Global food production is suffering from an increasing number of 'food shocks,' with most caused by extreme weather and geopolitical crises. An international study looked at the incidence ... read more

Envisioned 'Octopus Farms' Would Have Far-Reaching and Detrimental Environmental Impact

Jan. 24, 2019 — Commercial octopus farming, currently in developmental stages on multiple continents, would have a negative ripple effect on sustainability and animal welfare, concludes a team of ... read more

Common Policy Premise on Link Between Soil and Crop Yield Is Valid -- To a Point

Jan. 24, 2019 — While policymakers often tout the benefits of increasing soil organic matter as a way to boost agricultural yield, there is limited evidence that this strategy actually works. A new study quantifies ... read more

High-Protein Rice Brings Value, Nutrition

Jan. 23, 2019 — A new advanced line of rice, with higher yield, is ready for final field testing prior to release. On average, it has a protein content of 10.6 percent, a 53 percent increase from its original ... read more

Jan. 22, 2019 — In the animal kingdom, food access is among the biggest drivers of habitat preference. It influences, among other things, how animals interact, where they roam and the amount of energy they expend to ... read more

Farm Manure Boosts Greenhouse Gas Emissions -- Even in Winter

Jan. 22, 2019 — Researchers have shown, for the first time, that manure used to fertilize croplands in spring and summer can dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions in winter. While it's known that ... read more

Jan. 22, 2019 — Recent research has shown that rising carbon dioxide levels will likely boost yields, but at the cost of nutrition. A new studysuggests that this is an incomplete picture of the complex environmental ... read more

Orchards in Natural Habitats Draw Bee Diversity, Improve Apple Production

Jan. 17, 2019 — Apple orchards surrounded by agricultural lands are visited by a less diverse collection of bee species than orchards surrounded by natural ... read more

Diet and Food Production Must Radically Change to Save Planet

Jan. 16, 2019 — Transformation of the global food system is urgently needed as more than 3 billion people are malnourished (including people who are undernourished and overnourished), and food production is ... read more

Gut Bacteria Make Key Amino Acids Dispensable, Expanding Food Options for Invasive Flies

Jan. 16, 2019 — Fruit flies fed antibiotics to suppress their gut microbiome are forced to avoid the best food patches if they lack vital amino acids, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 16, 2019 — Researchers found an efficient approach to managing nitrogen in agriculture and reducing its environmental impact. It's all about being ... read more

New Conservation Practice Could Reduce Nitrogen Pollution in Agricultural Drainage Water

Jan. 15, 2019 — In a new study, scientists have estimated that a new conservation practice known as saturated buffers could reduce nitrogen from agricultural drainage by 5 to 10 ... read more

History of North African Date Palm

Jan. 14, 2019 — Genome analysis reveals that North African date palms are a hybrid between cultivated date palms from the Middle East and a different, wild species of palm that grows on the island of Crete and in ... read more

Jan. 10, 2019 — A new bioengineering approach for boosting photosynthesis in rice plants could increase grain yield by up to 27 percent, according to a new study. The approach, called GOC bypass, enriches plant ... read more

Jan. 10, 2019 — There are only so many fish in the sea. And our appetite for seafood has already stressed many wild fisheries to the breaking point. Meanwhile, the planet's growing population will only further ... read more

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