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Autophagy helps fast track stem cell activationAutophagy helps fast track stem cell activation

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More physical activity improved school performanceMore physical activity improved school performance

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Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red foxAround the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox

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Study: New device can slow, reverse heart failureStudy: New device can slow, reverse heart failure

Are the world's religions ready for ET?Are the world's religions ready for ET?

Gut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intoleranceGut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance

Recreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networksRecreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networks

Laying the groundwork for data-driven scienceLaying the groundwork for data-driven science

Hold on, tiger momHold on, tiger mom

Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologiesNature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

Missing piece found to help solve concussion puzzleMissing piece found to help solve concussion puzzle

Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'

Geography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economyGeography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economy

Identified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonationIdentified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonation

Copied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithmsCopied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithms

Agriculture Research and News

Study: Farmers and scientists divided over climate change (11/23/2014)

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows. ...> Full Article


Tree diseases can help forests (11/23/2014)

Tree diseases can help forestsPlant diseases attack trees and crops and can hurt lumber and food production, but University of Utah biologists found that pathogens that kill tree seedlings actually can make forests more diverse. ...> Full Article


Weeds yet to reach their full potential as invaders after centuries of change (11/22/2014)

Weeds yet to reach their full potential as invaders after centuries of changeWeeds in the UK are still evolving hundreds of years after their introduction and are unlikely to have yet reached their full potential as invaders, UNSW Australia scientists have discovered. The study is the first to have tracked the physical evolution of introduced plant species from the beginning of their invasion to the present day, and was made possible by the centuries-old British tradition of storing plant specimens in herbaria. ...> Full Article


New strategies to reduce use of plant protection products in winemaking (11/21/2014)

New strategies to reduce use of plant protection products in winemakingTo cut down on using plant protection products in viticulture is the goal of a project coordinated by the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development and to be implemented over the next three years. The aim of the initiative is to show that it is possible to reduce the frequency and intensity of applications of plant protection treatment for fungal diseases such as mildew and oidium, two of the main pathologies affecting vineyards. ...> Full Article


Anti-organic: Why do some farmers resist profitable change? (11/21/2014)

Why do some chemical farmers resist a profitable conversion to organic methods? A new study in the Journal of Marketing suggests it may be because making that change feels like switching belief systems. ...> Full Article


Biodiversity of plant cell culture collections offers valuable source of natural insecticidal and fungicidal products (11/20/2014)

Biodiversity of plant cell culture collections offers valuable source of natural insecticidal and fungicidal productsScreening large cell culture collections containing plant samples obtained from diverse geographic regions, climates, and soil and growing conditions for biological activity can reveal a wealth of natural compounds with potential applications for crop improvement and protection. The capability to do reproducible screening and genomic analysis of the more than 2,000 plant cell lines maintained in culture at the Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering, in Kiev, Ukraine is describe in an article in Industrial Biotechnology. ...> Full Article


Blight-resistant American chestnut trees take root at SUNY-ESF (11/20/2014)

Blight-resistant American chestnut trees take root at SUNY-ESFScientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are growing the first American chestnut trees that can withstand the blight that virtually eliminated the once-dominant tree from the eastern United States. ...> Full Article


Turning pretty penstemon flowers from blue to red (11/19/2014)

While roses are red, and violets are blue, how exactly do flower colors change? In the case of penstemons, with over 200 species to choose from, scientists Carolyn Wessinger and Mark Rausher have now shown that turning their flowers from blue to red involves knocking out the activity of just a single enzyme involved in the production of blue floral pigments. ...> Full Article


Forests lose essential nitrogen in surprising way, find scientists (11/18/2014)

Even during summer dry spells, some patches of soil in forested watersheds remain waterlogged. Researchers have discovered that these patches act as hot spots of microbial activity that remove nitrogen from groundwater and return it to the atmosphere, as reported in a Nov. 3 article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...> Full Article


Research in the identity of agricultural pests has broad implications (11/18/2014)

A global research effort has resolved a major biosecurity issue by determining that four of the world's most destructive agricultural pests are one and the same. ...> Full Article


Scientists seek cure for devastating witches' broom disease of the chocolate tree (11/17/2014)

Scientists seek cure for devastating witches' broom disease of the chocolate treeAs children across the country savor the last of this year's Halloween candy, a deadly and untreatable fungus, Moniliophthora perniciosa, is hexing chocolate tree, Theobroma cacao, plantations in many South and Central American countries, threatening livelihoods and imperiling the world's favorite treat. A team of scientists from Brazil has taken the first steps towards conquering this aggressive fungus by deciphering the interaction between the fungus and the chocolate tree at the molecular level. ...> Full Article


Is fleet diversity key to sustainable fisheries? (11/17/2014)

Is fleet diversity key to sustainable fisheries?Concern about fisheries is widespread around the world. Over the past several decades, a robust discussion has taken place concerning how to manage fisheries better to benefit ecosystems and humans. Much of the discussion has focused on preserving biological diversity, a critical component of healthy ecosystems. One aspect that gets less attention is the role of fishing fleet diversity. ...> Full Article


Getting more out of nature: Genetic toolkit finds new maximum for crop yields (11/16/2014)

Getting more out of nature: Genetic toolkit finds new maximum for crop yieldsCSHL scientists have found a new way to dramatically increase crop yields. The team has discovered a set of gene variations that boost fruit production in the tomato plant by as much as 100 percent. Plant breeders will be able to combine different gene variants to create an optimal plant architecture for particular varieties and growing conditions. The set will enable farmers to maximize yield in tomatoes and potentially other flowering plants, including crops like soybeans. ...> Full Article


New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals (11/16/2014)

Scientists today disclosed a new method to convert lignin, a biomass waste product, into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials, says Shannon Stahl, an expert in 'green chemistry' at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ...> Full Article


Diet affects pesticide resistance in honey bees (11/16/2014)

Diet affects pesticide resistance in honey beesFeeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers, who also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition. ...> Full Article

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Study: Farmers and scientists divided over climate change

Tree diseases can help forestsTree diseases can help forests

Weeds yet to reach their full potential as invaders after centuries of changeWeeds yet to reach their full potential as invaders after centuries of change

New strategies to reduce use of plant protection products in winemakingNew strategies to reduce use of plant protection products in winemaking

Anti-organic: Why do some farmers resist profitable change?

Biodiversity of plant cell culture collections offers valuable source of natural insecticidal and fungicidal productsBiodiversity of plant cell culture collections offers valuable source of natural insecticidal and fungicidal products

Blight-resistant American chestnut trees take root at SUNY-ESFBlight-resistant American chestnut trees take root at SUNY-ESF

Turning pretty penstemon flowers from blue to red

Forests lose essential nitrogen in surprising way, find scientists

Research in the identity of agricultural pests has broad implications

Scientists seek cure for devastating witches' broom disease of the chocolate treeScientists seek cure for devastating witches' broom disease of the chocolate tree

Is fleet diversity key to sustainable fisheries?Is fleet diversity key to sustainable fisheries?

Getting more out of nature: Genetic toolkit finds new maximum for crop yieldsGetting more out of nature: Genetic toolkit finds new maximum for crop yields

New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals

Diet affects pesticide resistance in honey beesDiet affects pesticide resistance in honey bees



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