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5 Reasons People Are Suddenly Concerned About Brazilian Beef
Are you having beef for dinner? Do you know where it came from? No, not the grocery store down the street, but where the cow was raised? Most of us probably can't answer those questions, and that's a growing concern for health advocates, retailers, and lawmakers amid reports that some meatpackers in Brazil -- one of the world's largest exporters of beef -- are shipping out rotten, salmonella-tainted beef.
March 22, 2017
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7 Things we Learned from new 'Frontline' About State of the Seafood Industry
While a growing number of Americans are paying close attention to traditional livestock -- demanding more organic meat, cage-free eggs, and grass-fed beef -- not as much attention has been paid to the massive global market for seafood, and the ethical, financial, and environmental impact it has.
April 25, 2017
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Misc. - A

A better way to farm algae
Scientists have long known of the potential of microalgae to aid in the production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals. However, the difficulty and significant cost of growing microalgae have in some ways stalled further development of this promising technology. Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate, has devoted his research to this area, and developed a new technology for energy efficient cultivation and harvesting of microalgae.
January 30, 2017
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A better way to predict the environmental impacts of agricultural production
Consumer goods companies often rely on life-cycle assessments (LCA) to figure out the potential consequences of how they design products and source ingredients. this kind of assessment, while sophisticated, often lacks detail about how the products affect natural resources such as land, water and biodiversity.
April 21, 2017
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A 'bionic leaf' could help feed the world
In the second half of the 20th century, the mass use of fertilizer was part of an agricultural boom called the "green revolution" that was largely credited with averting a global food crisis. Now, the challenge of feeding the world looms again as the population continues to balloon
April 3, 2017
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A fertilizer dearth foiled animal evolution for eons?
End of phosphorus dearth in ocean shallows coincides with evolutionary surge in study of 3.5 billion years of Earth's history
December 21, 2016
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A nano form of iron for fortification of foods
Around 1.2 billion people worldwide suffer from iron deficiency, with women worse affected than men. In Europe, one in five women around the age of 20 suffers from iron deficiency. Typical symptoms include diminished work performance, fatigue, anaemia and headaches.
April 25, 2017
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Amazing protein diversity is discovered in the maize plant
New research establishes the amazing diversity of maize -- specifically the variety of proteins that the plant's genes can generate. the finding has great import for agriculture, as maize is one of the world's top-three staple foods, along with rice and wheat accounting for two-thirds of world food consumption.
June 24, 2016
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An eBay for grain trading, FarmLead, raises $6.5 million Series A
Farmers work to feed the world. Yet somehow, corn, wheat and rice sales are still happening at a local level through antiquated paperwork and phone negotiations. Now, an Ottawa-based startup called FarmLead has raised $6.5 million in venture funding to connect grain producers and buyers automatically online, and help farmers get fair prices for what they grow. the platform is something like an eBay for grains.
March 19, 2017
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Another species of Varroa mite threatens European honeybees
A sister species of the Varroa destructor mite is developing the ability to parasitize European honeybees, threatening pollinators already hard pressed by pesticides, nutritional deficiencies and disease, a study says.
November 17, 2016
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Ant agricultural revolution began 30 million years ago in dry, desert-like climate
World's first sustainable, industrial-scale agriculture began when crops became dependent on their ant farmers
April 12, 2017
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Antimicrobial resistance in soil: Potential impact on the food chain
New research will investigate if large amounts of antibiotic resistant bacteria are present in agricultural soil which may spread into the food chain. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the major issues facing society: by 2050, if not tackled, it will kill more people than cancer, and cost, globally, more than the size of the current global economy, say experts. the aim of the research is to understand how AMR is introduced into natural soil bacteria, for example from manures applied by farmers or exposure to domesticated or wild animal and bird fecal droppings, and how this transfer takes place in different soil types.
May 23, 2016
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App reveals constituents
A new app looks directly inside objects and displays specific constituents. It has numerous uses: for instance, apples can be scanned for pesticide residues. Applications will be added successively following the Wikipedia principle.
February 6, 2017
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Arable raises $4.25 million to demystify farming with sensors and data
Arable has raised $4.25 million for solar-powered sensors and software to help farmers produce more food with fewer resources, and more accurately predict their yields. Middleland Capital and S2G Ventures led the Series a investment in Arable, joined by Chasefield, Spark Labs and Cantos VC.
March 27, 2017
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At mealtime, honey bees prefer country blossoms to city blooms
Urban beekeeping could suffer as a result, study authors say
March 14, 2017
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Misc. - B

Backyard Chicken Trend can be Risky
A growing number of chickens and other live poultry are moving from farms to backyards across the United States -- as pets, producers of fresh eggs, and, if you really want to get your hands dirty, as providers of fertilizer (think chicken poop).
July 19, 2016
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Barley genome sequenced
Research could lead to better beer, single malt Scotch whiskey
April 26, 2017
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Bayer will buy Monsanto for $57 billion in cash
The combined company will control a quarter of the world's seeds and pesticides
September 14, 2016
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Better way to predict the environmental impacts of agricultural production
Many companies want to know how the creation of their products affects the environment. Scientists have now found a way to better predict and quantify environmental impacts.
April 21, 2017
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Bioengineered rice fights off drought
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have developed strains of rice that are resistant to drought in real-world situations. Published in Plant Biotechnology Journal ("Overexpression of an Arabidopsis thaliana galactinol synthase gene improves drought tolerance in transgenic rice and increased grain yield in the field"), the study reports that transgenic rice modified with a gene from the Arabidopsis plant yield more rice than unmodified rice when subjected to stress brought by natural drought.
April 4, 2017
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Biological pesticides, from bacterial toxins to bee-borne fungi, are a hot trend in agriculture. But harnessing nature is no easy task.
The four boxes sit on a wooden pallet in the middle of four acres of organic strawberries, on a farm just north of Toronto. They're each roughly the size of a shoebox, with air vents perforating their lids. and they're buzzing–a light drone that tickles the eardrums.
October 27, 2016
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BrightFarms raises $30.1 million to set up futuristic greenhouses across the U.S.
Agriculture tech startup BrightFarms has raised $30.1 million in Series C funding to bring its high-tech greenhouses, and fresh produce, across the U.S.
September 21, 2016
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Can sub-Saharan Africa produce enough food to meet growing demand?
Without massive cropland expansion, possibly not.
December 16, 2016
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Climate change will affect farmers' bottom line
Over the next 70 to 100 years, our climate is projected to change dramatically, with major impacts on a wide variety of economic sectors. But the sector that is most likely to be affected by these changes is agriculture. a number of studies support this assertion, but relatively few look at the effect of climate change on agriculture from a comprehensive economic perspective.
June 7, 2016
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Climate Impacts from Farming Are Getting Worse
As signs emerge that the global energy sector is beginning to rein in what once had been unbridled levels of climate-changing pollution, new United Nations figures show pollution from farming is continuing to get worse.
June 14, 2016
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Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops -- such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits -- to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers.
January 16, 2017
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Conservation agriculture improves crop production and farmer's livelihood In Bangladesh
Bangladesh, one of the densest countries in terms of population with about 1000 people living per square kilometre, has always been under huge pressure to feed its growing population. Intensive agricultural practice, which involves mono-cropping and use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, helped boost productivity initially.
December 30, 2016
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Conservation key to curbing emissions from palm oil agriculture in Africa
Regulation should aim for net-zero carbon while meeting production goals
June 28, 2016
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Could ancient wheat be the future of food?
Researchers believe untapped consumer markets exist for ancient foods such as einkorn, emmer, and spelt. Two plant breeders argue that the consumer demand for high-quality, healthy food specialties presents an opportunity to reintroduce ancient wheat varieties and other plant species by creating 'farm to fork' supply chains that satisfy consumer demand; provide niche markets for small farmers, millers, and bakers; and increase agricultural biodiversity.
June 27, 2016
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Could Underwater Farming Feed the World?
Ocean-Bound Entrepreneur Envisions Ecological Restoration and Economic Revival.
December 5, 2016
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Cows in glass tanks help to reduce methane emissions
In the future, the breeding of the climate-friendly cow can be sped up by using genetic information. a recent study identifies areas in the cow's genotype which are linked to the amount of methane it produces. Cows subjected to study did not unnecessarily chew their cuds when being placed in glass cases.
August 30, 2016
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Crop yield gets boost with modified genes in photosynthesis
Plant biologists have bumped up crop productivity by increasing the expression of genes that result in more efficient use of light in photosynthesis, a finding that could be used to help address the world's future food needs.
November 18, 2016
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Misc. - D

Deer eaten alive in Florida signals reappearance of devastating parasite
Authorities frantically battle infestations that could devastate livestock.
November 28, 2016
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DNA methylation affects superiority of hybrid plants
Hybrid vigor refers to when a crossbreed plant or animal shows superior traits compared to its parents. a research group has discovered that a gene involved in maintaining DNA methylation is closely connected to hybrid vigor in Arabidopsis thaliana. this has potential applications for other cruciferous vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, and could lead to more efficient breeding of high-yield vegetables.
October 30, 2016
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Dredging Brings Severe Flood Risk to Wilmington, N.C.
Even as Carolinians brace for the possibility of flooding from a tropical storm this weekend, ships at the Port of Wilmington are offloading clothes and chemicals produced abroad while others depart laden with weaponry and tobacco.
September 1, 2016
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Drone software gives offline farmers real-time images
Drones can send images to iOS devices in the field using edge computing.
April 18, 2017
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Misc. - E

Edible crickets can be reared on weeds and cassava plant tops
To become a sustainable alternative to meat, reared crickets must be fed feeds other than the chicken feed that is most commonly used today. Researchers now present a study that shows that there are weeds and agricultural by-products that actually work as single ingredients in feeds for crickets. the study was conducted in Cambodia, where many children suffer from malnutrition and where the need for cheap protein is large.
September 22, 2016
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Engineering rice to waste less fertilizer
Most of the phosphorus fertilizer goes to the seeds, ends up wasted.
December 21, 2016
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Engineers selected to safeguard and develop China's sustainable agriculture
Aerospace engineers are researching how to improve unmanned autonomous ground and air vehicles -- such as fixed wing aircraft or quadrotors -- in order to fulfill remote data collection requirements in China.
July 11, 2016
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Environmental-impact tax on food? People healthier, planet benefits
Healthier, less environmentally damaging foods could be made more affordable.
November 16, 2016
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EPA Taken to Court for Ignoring Its Own Science In Deciding to not Ban Pesticide
When Scott Pruitt recently took over as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, one of his first decisions was to deny a petition seeking a ban on a controversial pesticide -- only months after scientists of the agency said it poses a significant health risk. now the EPA is being taken to court for its decision to ignore its own recommendation.
April 6, 2017
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Evidence piles up for popular pesticides' link to pollinator problems
The link between pollinator problems and neonicotinoids, a group of agricultural pesticides commonly associated with declines in honeybees, continues to build with two new studies published this week.
August 17, 2016
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Exposure to chemicals dangerous to hormone function burdens Americans with hundreds of billions in disease costs
Annual healthcare costs and lost earnings in the United States from low-level but daily exposure to hazardous chemicals commonly found in plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides, exceeds $340 billion, according to a detailed economic analysis.
October 18, 2016
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Farmers Business Network cultivates $40 million to help farmers buy seeds at favorable prices
GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) and DBL Partners co-led a $40 million investment in Farmers Business Network Inc., the company announced on Tuesday. FBN started out as something of a professional network for farmers and other agronomists. It allowed people working in agriculture to anonymously share information about what they were paying for seeds, fertilizers, and other "inputs" that they need to raise healthy crops.
March 7, 2017
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Farmers in England could be paid to let land flood
A plan to pay farmers in England for allowing their land to be flooded is to be considered, the government has said.
January 7, 2016
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Farming becoming riskier under climate change
Climate change is predicted to impact agriculture, but a new study puts these changes in terms that are directly applicable to farmers. for Illinois, the corn planting window will be split in two to avoid wet conditions in April and May. Each planting window carries increased risk -- the early planting window could be thwarted by frost or heavy precipitation, and the late window cut short by intense late-summer drought.
March 27, 2017
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Farming is now done in 30 foot tall stacks without sunlight, pesticides, or soil
The population on Earth continues to grow at a staggering rate, with around 80 million new people on Earth each year. Those people need food, which puts an ever increasing strain on our farmland and water supply. Thankfully, we have technology, and applying tech to farming is allowing us to grow food better and without many of nature's restrictions we've had to accept until now.
July 6, 2016
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Farming with forests
In the race to feed a growing population, it is important to consider sustainability. Researchers are promoting the practice of agroforestry–the intentional planting of trees and shrubs with crops or livestock–to achieve sustainability goals.
September 22, 2016
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FDA asked to restrict antibiotics on livestock
Advocacy groups fear this could lead to antibiotic-resistant bugs that hurt humans
September 14, 2016
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Feeding Cows Antibiotics Could be Much Worse Than we Thought
We've heard a lot about how stuffing cows full of antibiotics is accelerating the superbug apocalypse. that alone should convince us to stop, but if you needed more evidence, here's another dirty secret: antibiotics could be making cows gassier and boosting their contribution to global warming.
May 25, 2016
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Food Scientists Trying to develop Kale Aimed at Picky American Palates
We all know that kale is trendy, but if it were up to some American consumers, it wouldn't be, well, quite so kale-y.
November 28, 2016
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Food webs entangle humans in complex relationships with animals, crops and the environment
Reconstructed food webs from the Ancestral Puebloan southwestern United States show the complexity and interconnectedness of humans, other animals, crops and the environment, in an area of uncertain climate and resources, according to researchers, who think climate change and human decisions then, may shed light on future human choices.
April 10, 2017
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Foreign farms increase the risk of conflicts in Africa
For the first time, researchers point to areas in Africa where foreign agricultural companies' choice of crops and management of fresh water are partly responsible for the increased water shortages and greater competition for water. this in turn increases the risk of outright conflicts between all those who need water -- plants, animals and humans.
September 26, 2016
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Four newly-identified genes could improve rice
A research team has applied a method used in human genetic analysis to rice and rapidly discovered four new genes that are potentially significant for agriculture. These findings could influence crop breeding and help combat food shortages caused by a growing population.
June 27, 2016
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Free performance health check for Hadoop clusters
Hadoop is one of the most popular frameworks for creating distributed processing environments using commodity hardware. this makes it the first choice for many when implementing big data.
June 27, 2016
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Future rice yield losses due to climate change could be extreme
Climate warming poses a major threat to rice's role in our global food security.
January 9, 2017
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Misc. - G

Genetic roots of insect's waterproof coating could lead to innovative pest control
Scientists may have discovered a new and effective way to control insect pests that are a threat to agriculture and humans. Researchers have identified a gene in vinegar flies responsible for the insect's waterproof coating, which provides them protection from microbes and environmental stress. they nicknamed the gene spidey.
July 15, 2016
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Genetically Modified Crops Are Safe: Review
Extensive study concludes they're as safe to eat as food from traditional plant-breeding methods
May 16, 2016
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Genetically modified insects could disrupt international food trade
Genetically modified organisms for pest control could end up as contaminants in agricultural products throughout the globe
February 1, 2017
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Misc. - H

Hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques
Precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper. a researcher has developed a mathematical model that determined the optimal time for transporting a grower's strawberries from the field to cold storage.
March 2, 2017
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Harvesting next-gen technologies for the farm
It's entirely possible – even probable – that the evolutionary, cutting-edge developments in the 21st century world of agriculture over the past few years have slipped under your radar. Fair enough, you're busy. we get that. But that doesn't mean that a massive and relatively stealthy disruption isn't happening as we speak.
December 6, 2016
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Harvests in US to suffer from climate change
Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. to better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and soybean, an international team of scientists now ran an unprecedentedly comprehensive set of computer simulations of US crop yields. Importantly, the scientists find that increased irrigation can help to reduce the negative effects of global warming on crops -- but this is possible only in regions where sufficient water is available.
January 19, 2017
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Honeybees pick up 'astonishing' number of pesticides via non-crop plants
Honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season.
May 31, 2016
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How do pesticides protect crops?
New research could lead to the fine-tuning of pesticide formulations to further increase crop yield. the findings also show a way to develop advanced performance formulations which will interact reversibly with plant surfaces and will leave their protective cuticles unharmed.
July 27, 2016
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How nanotechnology can help us grow more food using less energy and water
With the world's population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, scientists are working to develop new ways to meet rising global demand for food, energy and water without increasing the strain on natural resources. Organizations including the World Bank and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization are calling for more innovation to address the links between these sectors, often referred to as the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus.
May 26, 2016
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How plant cells regulate growth shown for the first time
Researchers have managed to show how the cells in a plant, a multicellular organism, determine their size and regulate their growth over time. the findings overturn previous theories in the field and are potentially significant for the future of agriculture and forestry -- as it reveals more about one of the factors which determine the size of plants and fruits.
January 23, 2017
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How squash agriculture spread bees in pre-Columbian North America
Using genetic markers, researchers have for the first time shown how cultivating a specific crop led to the expansion of a pollinator species. In this case, the researchers found that the spread of a bee species in pre-Columbian Central and North America was tied to the spread of squash agriculture.
June 22, 2016
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How to feed the world with sensors, data and local production
Today, food and agriculture entrepreneurs took the stage at the White House lawn for SXSL 2016 to discuss the potential and limits of technology to feed a burgeoning world population. According to the most recent available estimates from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 793 million people in the world do not have enough to eat today.
October 3, 2016
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Hydraulic fracturing chemical spills on agricultural land need scrutiny
Hydraulic fracturing, a widely used method for extracting oil and gas from otherwise impenetrable shale and rock formations, involves not only underground injections composed mostly of water, but also a mixture of chemical additives. Researchers have now set out to discover whether the degradation of these chemicals in agricultural soil are affected by co-contamination.
June 1, 2016
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Misc. - I

I bet Mesopotamian farmers didn't see FarmBot coming
FarmBot Genesis claims to be "humanity's first open-source CNC farming machine." It claims to make farming easy by letting users tell the robot what plants they've put in the ground and then take a step back while FarmBot takes over. So long, sweaty farm work. FarmBot even comes with an app that makes IRL farming a game. Remember Farmville?
June 8, 2016
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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key
Yes, you can stick IoT sensors on tractors - and John Deere's been doing it for 20 years
January 25, 2017
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Identification of genes controlling mouthpart development key to insect diversity
Research reveals functions of mouthpart-controlling genes in development of enlarged mandibles in the stag beetle
March 7, 2017
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If Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Freaked you Out, you Won't Like What's Coming
Over the past few years, as people have been freaking out about a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, the company behind those mosquitoes has been quietly toiling away on another project.
December 13, 2016
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Impossible Foods makes fake meat burgers with plant blood (and they're actually not bad)
The company reverse engineered real burgers to figure out how to make synthetic meat tastier.
October 12, 2016
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In search of the wild fava bean
Seeds from a site in Northern Israel are the ancestors of today's fava beans, report researchers. Understanding the ecology of the wild plants' environment and the evolution they underwent in the course of domestication is crucial to improving the biodiversity of the modern crop.
April 10, 2017
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Increasing the water table in agricultural peatland could hold key to reducing UK's greenhouse gas emissions
Increasing the water table in agricultural peatland could hold key to reducing UK's greenhouse gas emissions, suggest researchers.
February 6, 2017
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Insecticides aren't just killing bees, they're acting as contraceptives too
There is a major concern at the moment over the impact of neonicotinoids -- a class of neuro-active insecticides that are chemically very similar to nicotine and used heavily in agriculture. they have been linked to the collapse of bee colonies, both honey bee and bumble bee. There's multiple problems that lead to death, including rendering the bees unable to forage, navigate or to learn properly, as well as making them more susceptible to mites and pathogens.
August 1, 2016
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Invasive insects: Underestimated cost to the world economy
Invasive insects cause at least 69 billion euros of damage per annum worldwide, say investigators, whose study brought together the largest database ever developed on economic damage attributable to invasive insects worldwide. Covering damage to goods and services, health care costs and agricultural losses, this study considered 737 articles, books and reports.
October 4, 2016
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Is Sustainable the new Organic for Cotton?
Pick out any shirt from your closet and you'll like find cotton listed as a material used in its production. While you generally find the words "organic" and "sustainable" littering the aisles of your local grocery store, those buzzwords are now finding their way to retailer shelves.
October 20, 2016
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Misc. - L

'Lab-on-a-glove' could bring nerve-agent detection to a wearer's fingertips
There's a reason why farmers wear protective gear when applying organophosphate pesticides. the substances are very effective at getting rid of unwanted bugs, but they can also make people sick. Related compounds -- organophosphate nerve agents -- can be used as deadly weapons. now researchers have developed a fast way to detect the presence of such compounds in the field using a disposable 'lab-on-a-glove.'
March 22, 2017
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Lost genes that boost tomatoes' flavor identified
Domestication has not retained the genes that give tomatoes their deliciousness.
January 26, 2017
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Making cows more environmentally friendly
Research reveals vicious cycle of climate change, cattle diet and rising methane
March 29, 2017
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Making scientists live with farmers makes crop productivity boom
Embedding scientists with farmers in China dramatically increased crop yields.
September 15, 2016
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Marine Parks Help Global Fish Stocks Withstand Warming
New and expanded marine parks and fishing rules could be powerful antidotes for threats of famine as fisheries dwindle from climate change and overfishing, new research has shown.
May 16, 2016
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Measure of age in soil nitrogen could help precision agriculture
What's good for crops is not always good for the environment. Nitrogen, a key nutrient for plants, can cause problems when it leaches into water supplies. University of Illinois engineers developed a model to calculate the age of nitrogen in corn and soybean fields, which could lead to improved fertilizer application techniques to promote crop growth while reducing leaching.
July 26, 2016
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Mercury Levels Dropping in North Atlantic Tuna
Study suggests industry emission controls may lead to healthier fish
November 23, 2016
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Microsoft teams up with Monsanto to invest in agricultural technology in Brazil
American multinational biotech giant Monsanto has joined forces with Microsoft to boost the use of digital technology in the agricultural sector in Brazil.
July 5, 2016
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Middle Eastern seed bank re-deposits backups into Svalbard's doomsday vault
Just two years after tumultuous withdrawal
February 22, 2017
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Mistrust of science may be allowing a deadly plant pathogen to spread
Pathogen targeting olive trees is spreading in southern Italy.
July 26, 2016
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MIT Researchers Found a Way to Make Pesticides Stick to Plants
When farmers spray their crops with pesticides and other treatments to help ensure their survival, 98 percent of those chemicals bounce right off the plants and end up in the groundwater as pollution. it's a waste, and harmful to the environment, so researchers at MIT came up with a cheap but effective way to instead make those chemicals stick to crops.
August 30, 2016
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Monsanto Just Got Access to the World's Most Powerful Gene-Editing Tool
Agriculture company Monsanto has acquired a non-exclusive global licensing agreement from MIT's Broad Institute and Harvard to use the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system. the firm will use it to design and grow new seeds and plants, but there are key restrictions on its use to prevent Monsanto from abusing this revolutionary new technology.
September 23, 2016
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More tomatoes, faster: Accelerating tomato engineering
Tomatoes are already an ideal model species for plant research, but scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) just made them even more useful by cutting the time required to modify their genes by six weeks.
August 30, 2016
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Most fish turned into fishmeal are species that we could be eating
A person growing up in Peru in the 1970s or 1980s probably didn't eat anchoveta, the local species of anchovies. the stinky, oily fish was a food fit only for animals or the very poor. the anchoveta fishery may have been (and still is, in many years) the world's largest, but it wasn't one that put food on the table.
February 27, 2017
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Moth takes advantage of defensive compounds in Physalis fruits
The berries act as immune boosters in the moth Heliothis subflexa, a specialist on this food
August 26, 2016
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Nanoparticle fertilizer could contribute to new 'green revolution'
The 'Green Revolution' of the '60s and '70s has been credited with helping to feed billions around the world, with fertilizers being one of the key drivers spurring the agricultural boom. But in developing countries, the cost of fertilizer remains relatively high and can limit food production. now researchers report a simple way to make a benign, more efficient fertilizer that could contribute to a second food revolution.
January 25, 2017
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Nanoparticle fertilizer could contribute to new 'green revolution'
The "Green Revolution" of the '60s and '70s has been credited with helping to feed billions around the world, with fertilizers being one of the key drivers spurring the agricultural boom. But in developing countries, the cost of fertilizer remains relatively high and can limit food production.
January 25, 2017
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Nanoparticles could be the future of agriculture
South Australian researchers are working on a number of novel uses for engineered nanoparticles including efficient fertilisers, agricultural 'amendments' and a unique way to clean-up contaminated land.
February 22, 2017
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NASA bets the farm on the long-term viability of space agriculture
A new plant habitat is on its way to the space station
February 9, 2017
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Nature plants a seed of engineering inspiration
Humidity-responsive burrowing of seeds inspires scientists to model the mechanism and find more efficient ways to penetrate soil for agricultural applications
April 25, 2017
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Neonicotinoids detected in drinking water in agricultural area
Concern over the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is growing as studies find them in rivers and streams, and link them with declining bee populations and health effects in other animals. now researchers report that in some areas, drinking water also contains the substances -- but they also have found that one treatment method can remove most of the pesticides.
April 5, 2017
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Neonics are damaging bumblebees' vibes, study shows
Bumblebees' ability to produce the buzzing -- or vibration -- that enables them to pollinate key commercial food crops may be harmed by the controversial pesticides neonicotinoids, according to new research.
December 13, 2016
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New lettuce genome assembly offers clues to success of huge plant family
A treasure-trove of genetic information has been unlocked about lettuce and related plants, completing the first reported comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the massive Compositae plant family.
April 12, 2017
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New MagSi-DNA Vegetal kit effective in extracting genomic DNA from plant tissue
AMSBIO announces MagSi-DNA Vegetal - a powerful kit that enables efficient extraction of genomic DNA from plant tissue.
August 31, 2016
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New method detects 83% of immature citrus; helping cut costs
By detecting green, immature citrus more accurately and efficiently, growers can plan when and where to apply nutrients when fruit is growing and estimate their yield and profit before harvest.
June 7, 2016
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New probiotic seeds grow crops that require less water to survive
The startup that makes them just closed a $100 million funding round
July 21, 2016
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New strategy to fight mosquitoes in a more efficient and sustainable way
Mosquitoes continue to build resistance to existing pesticides. Research has now shown that the chemical substances emitted by one of the mosquito's natural enemies -- the backswimmer -- makes the biological pesticide Bti more deadly. These so-called predator cues also impair the mosquito's immune system.
August 25, 2016
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New study of CRISPR-Cas9 technology shows potential to improve crop efficiency
A team's finding that CRISPR-Cas9 is a reliable method for multi-gene editing of this particular plant species has been released in a new article. the technology, a genome-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9, revolutionized the life sciences when it appeared on the market in 2012. It is now proving useful in the plant science community as a powerful tool for the improvement of agricultural crops.
September 22, 2016
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New study of water-saving plants advances efforts to develop drought-resistant crops
As part of an effort to develop drought-resistant food and bioenergy crops, scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered the genetic and metabolic mechanisms that allow certain plants to conserve water and thrive in semi-arid climates.
December 5, 2016
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New study shows early signs of resistance among bed bugs to two commonly used insecticides
Pest management professionals battling the ongoing resurgence of bed bugs are wise to employ a well-rounded set of measures that reduces reliance on chemical control, as new research shows the early signs of resistance developing among bed bugs to two commonly used insecticides.
April 10, 2017
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New technique combines nanoparticles and bioremediation to decontaminate polluted soils
The Basque Institute of Agricultural Research and Development Neiker-Tecnalia is currently exploring a strategy to remedy soils contaminated by organic compounds containing chlorine (organochlorine compounds). the innovative process consists of combining the application of zero-iron nanoparticles with bioremediation techniques. the companies Ekotek and Dinam, the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country and Gaiker-IK4 are also participating in this project known as NANOBIOR.
June 9, 2016
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Nitrogen foraging ability of plants relies on mobile shoot-root hormone signal
Research uncovers molecular shoot-to-root signal in nitrogen-starved plants, revealing role for mobile plant hormone
March 27, 2017
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Nitrogen-fixing symbiosis is crucial for legume plant microbiome assembly
New findings from a study of legumes have identified an unknown role of nitrogen fixation symbiosis on plant root-associated microbiome, which agriculture may benefit from in the future.
November 21, 2016
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On-the-range detection technology could corral bovine TB
A research breakthrough allowing the first direct, empirical, blood-based, cow-side test for diagnosing bovine tuberculosis (TB) could spare ranchers and the agriculture industry from costly quarantines and the mass slaughter of animals infected with this easily spread disease.
April 12, 2017
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Optics breakthrough to revamp night vision
A breakthrough by an Australian collaboration of researchers could make infra-red technology easy-to-use and cheap, potentially saving millions of dollars in defence and other areas using sensing devices, and boosting applications of technology to a host of new areas, such as agriculture.
May 24, 2016
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Oral health key to understanding humanity's past, study says
Oral health of modern day African tribe transitioning from hunting and gathering to agricultural diet challenges long held presumptions about our Stone Age ancestors.
March 16, 2017
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Persistently high pesticide levels found in small streams
Small watercourses are contaminated with large numbers of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. a study shows that the legal requirements specified for water quality are not met in any of the five Swiss streams investigated; thresholds for acute toxicity to aquatic organisms were also exceeded.
April 4, 2017
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Plant cell recycles its resources in times of scarcity
To cope with changes in its aquatic environment and the nutrient deficiencies that may result, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a mobile single-cell alga, must adapt its metabolism for subsistence, notably in terms of sugar. the latter is produced by photosynthesis. to this end, plants and algae use internal cell structures called chloroplasts, which are equipped with protein complexes, the photosystems. If certain nutrients are missing, such as iron, the alga temporarily dismantles its photosystems to recycle some of their components.
May 11, 2016
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Plants More Vulnerable to Nanoparticles When Parents Grown in Contaminated Soil
Plants are more vulnerable to toxic nanoparticles if their parents were grown in contaminated soil, according to the first multi-generational study on the safety of cerium oxide nanoparticles in agriculture. the results highlight the importance of improving and increasing research on the impact of nanomaterials on plants.
June 15, 2016
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Policy like EPA's Clean Power Plan would mean higher crop yields
Ozone-producing pollution harms crops around power plants.
December 22, 2016
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Probing the stability of photosynthesis
Synthetic systems that reveal and reproduce some of the secrets of how nature uses sunlight to split water have been developed by RIKEN researchers.
March 10, 2017
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Pruitt chooses not to ban pesticide after scientists find neurotoxicity
Chlorpyrifos, already banned from most household products, affects memory, learning.
March 30, 2017
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Public willing to pay to reduce toxic algae, but maybe not enough
A collaboration of universities and government agencies has identified three key agricultural management plans for curtailing harmful algal blooms. they have also identified a looming funding gap for enacting those plans.
December 12, 2016
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Researchers discover a new link to fight billion-dollar threat to soybean production
Scientists show that parasitic nematodes hijack vascular stem cell pathways to attack their hosts
February 13, 2017
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Researchers find potential bugs to eat invasive cogongrass
Cogongrass displaces pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems. now researchers are focusing on the Orseolia javanica midge that causes cogongrass to produce linear galls at the expense of leaves.
February 22, 2017
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Researchers identify critical factors that determine drought vulnerability of wheat, maize
Researchers have identified critical information about the environmental variables and agronomic factors that determine the vulnerability of maize and wheat production to drought.
May 26, 2016
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Rice crops that can save farmers money and cut pollution
New study identifies rice crops that are more efficient at using nitrogen
July 29, 2016
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Scientists call for increased federal investment in sustainable agriculture
Based on a new analysis of federal funding from the US Department of Agriculture, researchers say there is an urgent need for increased investment in research and development aimed at making sustainable food production more effective.
July 28, 2016
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Scientists devise new route to synthesize insecticide in 15 steps
For chemists like Sarah Reisman, professor of chemistry at Caltech, synthesizing molecules is like designing your own jigsaw puzzle. you know what the solved puzzle looks like--the molecule--and your job is to figure out the best pieces to use to put it together.
August 26, 2016
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Scientists Reinstalling "Tasty" Genes In Supermarket Tomatoes
Researchers recently confirmed what food storage experts had long believed: Refrigerating tomatoes causes them to lose flavor. now scientists are hoping that some genetic tinkering will turn blah supermarket tomatoes into flavorful rivals to their farm-fresh cousins.
January 27, 2017
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Scientists Tweak Plant Genes to Enhance Photosynthesis and Increase Crop Yields
Pump Up the Yams
November 18, 2016
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Self-Soiling 'Bionic' Leaf Could Curb Food Crisis
Researchers have created a self-soiling "bionic" leaf that uses bacteria, sunlight, water, and air to fertilize its own crops.
April 4, 2017
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Site of GM mosquito trial uncertain after locals vote against being "guinea pigs"
Local authorities say they'll look for a new location; locals say they'll protest anywhere.
November 10, 2016
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Six ways drones are revolutionizing agriculture
Applications for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), used commercially since the beginning of the 1980s, have exploded in a variety of industry sectors, thanks in part to robust investment support and loosening regulations. Responding to the rapidly evolving technology, companies are creating new business and operating models.
July 25, 2016
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Small-scale agriculture threatens the rainforest
An extensive study has mapped the effects of small farmers on the rain forests of Southeast Asia for the first time. the findings are discouraging, with regard to environmental impact, biodiversity and the economy, over the long term.
October 14, 2016
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Some pesticides linked to respiratory wheeze in farmers
New research connects several pesticides commonly used by farmers with both allergic and non-allergic wheeze, which can be a sensitive marker for early airway problems.
August 03, 2016
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South Carolina Accidentally Sprayed Millions of Bees with Pesticides
The Bugs Were Caught In the Crossfire of An Attempt to Take Out Mosquitoes
September 1, 2016
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Sticky gels turn insect-sized drones into artificial pollinators
As bees slip onto the endangered species lists, researchers in Japan are pollinating lilies with insect-sized drones. the undersides of these artificial pollinators are coated with horse hairs and an ionic gel just sticky enough to pick up pollen from one flower and deposit it onto another. the drones' designers are hopeful that their invention could someday help carry the burden that modern agricultural demand has put on colonies.
February 9, 2017
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Study explores risk of deforestation as agriculture expands in Africa
Multinational companies are increasingly looking to Africa to expand production of in-demand commodity crops such as soy and oil palm. a first-of-its-kind study highlights the real and potential impacts on the continent's valuable tropical forests.
April 5, 2017
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Study finds link between sugar signaling, regulation of oil production in plants
Even plants have to live on an energy budget. While they're known for converting solar energy into chemical energy in the form of sugars, plants have sophisticated biochemical mechanisms for regulating how they spend that energy. Making oils costs a lot. by exploring the details of this delicate energy balance, a group of scientists has identified a previously unknown link between a protein that maintains plant sugar balance and one that turns on oil production.
March 17, 2017
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Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture
First year of data from SMAP satellite provides new insights for weather, agriculture, and climate
January 16, 2017
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Sugar industry bought off scientists, skewed dietary guidelines for decades
Harvard researchers got hefty sums to downplay role of sweets in heart disease.
September 12, 2016
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Super plants need super ROOTS
Agriculture consumes about 80 percent of all U.S. water. Making fertilizers uses 1 to 2 percent of all the world's energy each year.
February 28, 2017
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The future of work manifesto
We humans are hunter-gatherers domesticated into becoming farmers. Around 10,000 years ago, we discovered the wonders of agriculture. to make farmers out of hunters, we used social norms and sanctions.
October 18, 2016
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The Global Coffee Shortage is Already a Huge Headache
Hope you're ready to face the day with nothing but your own unsharpened wits about you. Soon, they will be all you have left.
August 29, 2016
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The Internet of Cows herds hackers to support the global cattle industry
Cows are generally not top of mind among those who call the animal pen, South of Market, San Francisco, home. But BovControl, a Brazilian startup building data analytics tools to support livestock operations, is working to close the gap between technologists and ranchers. Host of the Internet of Cows hackathon, in partnership with Google Launchpad and the Silicon Valley Forum, the startup put groups to work brainstorming solutions for monitoring herds, exporting goods and securing loans.
April 25, 2017
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The Muffin Study: Mono- versus polyunsaturated fats in patients with metabolic syndrome
Group eating muffins made with safflower oil lost more weight, saw greater health improvements
June 15, 2016
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The world's oldest farmers were insects
An international team of researchers has discovered the oldest fossil evidence of agriculture, not by humans, but by insects.
June 22, 2016
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There was an outbreak of cannibalism 10,000 years ago in Spain
Archaeologists find evidence that humans cooked and ate humans in an ancient cave.
March 19, 2017
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Thanks to Policy Change, your Ground Beef May Include More Heart Than you Think
For nearly 40 years federal food safety regulators had prohibited the use of any part of the cow heart in making ground beef. with little fanfare, that policy has changed.
February 2, 2017
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Trading farmland for nitrogen protection
Twelve year study finds size, location key in riparian buffers
August 03, 2016
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Transgenic cotton plant resistant to common insect pest
GMOs may be a solution to increasing non-food crop yields.
September 12, 2016
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Two neonicotinoid insecticides may have inadvertent contraceptive effects on male honey bees
Male honey bees, called drones, can be affected by two neonicotinoid insecticides by reducing male honey bee lifespan and number of living sperm. Both insecticides are currently partially banned in Europe. now researchers are calling for more thorough environmental risk assessments of these neonicotinoids.
July 27, 2016
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Tyson Foods launches new venture fund to back food and agriculture startups
Tyson Foods Inc., one of the world's largest makers and marketers of meat products, has announced the formation of a $150 million venture capital fund to back food and agriculture startups.
December 5, 2016
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U. S. land capacity for feeding people could expand with dietary changes
A new "food-print" model that measures the per-person land requirements of different diets suggests that, with dietary changes, the U.S. could feed significantly more people from existing agricultural land.
July 22, 2016
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Unique wheat passes the test
A unique, patented wheat can have significant importance to agriculture, the environment and undernourished people in developing countries. Animal tests recently demonstrated that this special wheat increases P and Ca digestibility.
March 27, 2017
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Unravelling the costs of rubber agriculture on biodiversity
Rubber plantations are a rapidly spreading agroecosystem in Southeast Asia and they are likely to have profound impacts on biodiversity due to the disruption of the natural landscape. Therefore, researchers studied ant biodiversity changes in Xishuangbanna, China after a forest was converted into a rubber plantation as an indicator for other invertebrates. the researchers found a sharp decline in the overall biodiversity of the ants in the rubber plantation.
May 16, 2016
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USDA gives biotech company record fine for animal welfare violations
Santa Cruz Biotech will have to give up using goats and rabbits.
May 23, 2016
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USDA Proposes Importing Avocados from Colombia Amid Shortage
Amid a recent avocado shortage linked to a growers' strike in Mexico and a drought in California affecting crops, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing an amendment to existing fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the country to import Hass avocados from Colombia.
October 27, 2016
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Want more crop variety? Researchers propose using CRISPR to accelerate plant domestication
Out of the more than 300,000 plant species in existence, only three species -- rice, wheat, and maize -- account for most of the plant matter that humans consume, partly because in the history of agriculture, mutations arose that made these crops the easiest to harvest. But with CRISPR technology, we don't have to wait for nature to help us domesticate plants, argue researchers.
March 2, 2017
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Watching how plants make oxygen
In a new study, an international team of researchers made significant progress in visualizing the process how plants split water to produce oxygen. the results are published in Nature ("Structure of photosystem II and substrate binding at room temperature").
November 21, 2016
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We need to protect the world's soil before it's too late
Book Excerpt: the Ground Beneath Us
March 21, 2017
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Weather extremes and trade policies were main drivers of wheat price peaks
Price peaks of wheat on the world market are mainly caused by production shocks such as induced for example by droughts, researchers found. These shocks get exacerbated by low storage levels as well as protective trade policies, the analysis of global data deriving from the US Department of Agriculture shows. In contrast to widespread assumptions, neither speculation across stock or commodity markets nor land-use for biofuel production were decisive for annual wheat price changes in the past four decades.
April 28, 2017
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What is this Toxic Chemical Scott Pruitt Wants to Keep in your Food?
Throw aside your politics for a bit. Government scientists at the EPA concluded that a pesticide sprayed on crops was toxic. a few months later, a new guy comes into the agency, looks at the agency's petition to ban the substance, and denies it--he decides that, although the substance is poisonous, he'd rather keep spraying crops with it.
March 31, 2017
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What makes farmers try new practices?
Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. a group of researchers wanted to know which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems -- trees, shrubs, or grasses that simultaneously benefit the environment and generate high-value products that can be harvested for a profit.
March 14, 2017
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What to Drink While you Wait for Perennial Grains to Revolutionize Agriculture
Foods that don't Need to be Replanted Every Year Would be a Boon for the Environment. But When will they Arrive?
October 22, 2016
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Winners, losers among fish when landscape undergoes change
As humans build roads, construct buildings and develop land for agriculture, freshwater ecosystems respond ? but not always in the ways one might expect.
February 21, 2017
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You don't Need to Freak Out About the Olive Oil Apocalypse
Olive oil is clearly worse than butter, but the media's got bad news for those who have made the wrong choice about which form of grease to cover their bread with. An especially crappy year of bad weather and bacteria have sent every other news outlet panicking after the prices went up, like, a little bit.
February 22, 2017
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You Want Better Beer? Good. Here's a Better Barley Genome
The genome of barley--the grain that's the soul of beer and whiskey--is weird. the commodity crop has just seven pairs of chromosomes (compared to your 23, assuming you are a human being) but twice the size of your genome overall, with the vast majority of the sequences repeating themselves.
April 26, 2017
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