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February 03, 2016
Transgenic plants' 'die and let live' strategy dramatically increases drought resistance
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Feb 02, 2016
Purdue University researchers found that engineering plants to produce high levels of a protein known as PYL9 dramatically boosted drought tolerance in rice and the model plant Arabidopsis. Under severe drought conditions, the transgenic plants triggered the death of their old leaves - a process known as senescence - to conserve resources for seeds and buds, a survival strategy some plant scientists refer to as "die and let live." The study offers insights into the drought survival mechanisms of p ... read more

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Chinese man stole protected seeds from major US firms
A Chinese man pleaded guilty in a US court Wednesday to stealing patent-protected corn seed from agribusiness giants Monsanto and DuPont to take back to China for commercial use. ... more
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Seagrass genome sequence lends insights to salt tolerance
To mitigate carbon emissions in the atmosphere, researchers have turned to sinks - reservoirs that accumulate and store carbon such as tropical rainforests, but also including a variety of terrestri ... more
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Pollinator competition may drive flower diversification
Male hummingbirds drive female birds away from their preferred yellow-flowered plant, which may have implications for flower diversification, according a study published Jan. 27, 2016 in the open-ac ... more
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Molecular method promises to speed development of food crops
The first human farmers needed hundreds of years and a lot of good luck to shape the first domesticated crops. Modern plant breeders wait weeks or months, not centuries, to discover what the literal ... more
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Developing countries bear brunt of nitrogen pollution: study
The production of goods for consumers in rich nations leaves a deep footprint in the form of potentially-dangerous nitrogen pollution in developing countries, a study said Monday. ... more
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Palmer amaranth could affect Illinois soybean yield
Although agricultural weed Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) primarily impacts southern U.S. states, new research shows it could soon spread further north and damage soybean yields in Illinois. ... more
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Global nitrogen footprint mapped for first time
The first-ever global nitrogen footprint, encompassing 188 countries, has found the United States, China, India and Brazil are responsible for 46 percent of the world's nitrogen emissions. The ... more
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Earthworms could be a threat to biodiversity
The humble earthworm may be a threat to plant diversity in natural ecosystems, says a study just published by researchers from Universite Laval and Universite de Sherbrooke. Their work found an asso ... more
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Soybean has greater energy value when fed to pigs than previously known
Differences in soil type, variety of soybeans, climate, or processing conditions can cause the same crop to have different nutritional value when produced in different locations. However, feed compo ... more
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Fatty acids from GM oilseed crops could replace fish oil
Oil from genetically modified (GM) oil seed crops could replace fish oil as a primary source of the beneficial Omega 3 fatty acid EPA - according to new research from the University of East Anglia ( ... more
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Weed blasting offers new control method for organic farmers
Weeds are a major scourge for organic growers, who often must invest in multiple control methods to protect crop yields. A relatively new weed control method known as abrasive weeding, or "weed blas ... more
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Eating less meat might not be the way to go green
Reduced meat consumption might not lower greenhouse gas emissions from one of the world's biggest beef producing regions, new research has found. The finding may seem incongruous, as intensive agric ... more
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Bird flu scare hits French foie gras production
Already assailed by animal-rights groups, France's foie gras industry now faces a fight on a second front: bird flu. ... more
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A tree or not a tree? India's Goa rows over coconut status
Politicians in India's Goa are locked in an row over the status of the popular tourist state's beloved coconut trees - after officials ruled that they were not in fact trees. ... more
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Bird flu detected in US turkey flock
Bird flu has been detected in a US turkey flock but is different from the strain that devastated the nation's poultry industry last year, officials said Friday. ... more
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Breed-your-own insect 'revolution' for the kitchen
A seething mass of larvae in the kitchen is not everyone's cup of tea, particularly for squeamish Westerners. But for two young Austrian entrepreneurs, it's a food revolution that can help save the planet. ... more
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Poultry farming frozen for bird flu cleanup in French SW
Poultry farmers in southwestern France have been ordered to freeze production of geese and ducks at least until late May as part of efforts to eradicate bird flu, the agriculture ministry said Thursday. ... more
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S.Africa to import maize after driest season in 100 years
Drought-ravaged South Africa said Friday it would import six million tonnes of the local staple maize - half of the average annual harvest - after the driest season in 100 years. ... more
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Satellite Data Help Australian Ranchers
When Russell Lethbridge walks his property in northern Australia - kicking-up clouds of dust that catch the sunlight as he assesses the grasses, shrubs and brush that fill the landscape with muted t ... more
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Fewer than 1 in 25 Seattleites can really eat locally
How many of Seattle's residents could live off food grown in their city? If abundant P-Patches and backyard gardens teeming with kale come to mind, you're like many residents who assume urban ... more
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De-mystifying the study of volatile organic plant compounds
Similar to human pheromones, all plants emit signaling chemicals. The chemicals, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are ubiquitous. The smell of freshly cut grass is caused by a VOC. Ever won ... more
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Plant growth tech may alleviate climate change and food shortage
A research team led by Dr. Lim Boon-leong with his former PhD student Dr. Law Yee-song from the School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has developed a ... more
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Future Grains
When global food prices spiked dramatically in late 2007 and into 2008, the costs of many basic dietary staples doubled or even tripled around the world, sparking protests and riots. Panicked govern ... more
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Grazing towards sustainability
The first international Global Farm Platform conference hosted by the University of Bristol this week [12 to 15 January] will highlight the benefits of utilising pasture and robust cows over high-yi ... more
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