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May 27, 2016
Study: Farm-raised salmon suffer from depression
Gothenburg, Sweden (UPI) May 25, 2016
Every salmon farm features "drop outs," growth-stunted fish that float lifelessly at the surface of the pond. New research suggests these fish are severely depressed. The dejected salmon are called "drop outs" because they appear to have given up. Based on the latest findings published in Royal Society Open Science, calling such fish suicidal doesn't seem like much of an exaggeration. "I would not go so far as to say they are committing suicide, but physiologically speaking, they are on ... read more

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The EU on Thursday failed to agree on the re-approval of weedkiller glyphosate in Europe amid fresh fears the product could cause cancer. ... more
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Farms have become a major air-pollution source
A new study says that emissions from farms outweigh all other human sources of fine-particulate air pollution in much of the United States, Europe, Russia and China. The culprit: fumes from nitrogen ... more
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Genetically engineered crops: Experiences and prospects
An extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has found that new technologies in genetic engineering and conventional breeding are blurring the once clear disti ... more
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Illinois River water quality improvement linked to more efficient corn production
Good news - the quality of water in the Illinois River has improved in one important aspect. A new study from the University of Illinois reports that nitrate load in the Illinois River from 2010 to ... more
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Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide ... more
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Researchers help dairy farmers cool cows more efficiently, use less water
In California, every drop of water counts. ... more
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UN panel says weedkiller 'unlikely' to cause cancer
The controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which is used by Monsanto in its herbicide Roundup, is "unlikely" to cause cancer, a United Nations finding said Monday, in a blow to critics who have called for its ban. ... more
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Biofeedback system designed to control photosynthetic lighting
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Study finds declining sulfur levels
Air pollution legislation to control fossil fuel emissions and the associated acid rain has worked - perhaps leading to the need for sulfur fertilizers for crop production. A University of Illinois ... more
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Agricultural ammonia emissions disrupt earth's delicate nitrogen balance
When considering human impacts on earth systems, disturbance to the carbon cycle grabs the Agricultural ammonia emissions disrupt earth's delicate nitrogen balances. But another critically important ... more
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How algae could save plants from themselves
Algae may hold the key to feeding the world's burgeoning population. Don't worry; no one is going to make you eat them. But because they are more efficient than most plants at taking in carbon dioxi ... more
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Study reveals genetic origins of carrots' orange color
In sequencing the genome of the lowly carrot, researchers have revealed several of the vegetable's secrets - including the genetic origins of its orange color. ... more
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Elevated carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere may increase water-use efficiency in crops and considerably mitigate yield losses due to climate change, according to a new NASA study. ... more
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Australian researchers map micronutrients in white rice
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