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August 18, 2016
Reduced ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Aug 18, 2016
So far, research on the environmental impact of oil palm cultivation has been scattered and patchy. Synthesizing about 1000 scientific studies and reports, the scientists were now able to give a balanced report on the changes in all 14 ecosystem functions, including gas and climate regulation, water regulation and supply, moderation of extreme events, provision of food and raw materials, as well as medicinal resources. While the provision of food and raw materials increased due to the production o ... read more

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'Neonic' insecticides bad news for bees: study
A widely-used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids has contributed to the large-scale and long-term decline of wild bees, according to research unveiled Tuesday. ... more
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Pesticide-resistant whitefly could 'devastate' many US crops
A tiny, invasive whitefly that is resistant to pesticides and carries crop-devastating viruses has been found outdoors in the United States for the first time, raising concerns among fruit and vegetable growers. ... more
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Sequencing of fungal disease genomes may help prevent banana arma
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in the Netherlands have discovered how a group of three closely related fungal pathogens have evolved into a lethal threat to the world's bana ... more
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Colorful gondolas lazily ferry tourists around the floating gardens of Mexico City's Xochimilco district, but not all is green in this idyllic vestige of the Aztec empire increasingly choked by urbanization. ... more
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Saving bees: France's thriving city hives offer token help
Urban rooftops are buzzing across France, but the fad for beekeeping from Montpellier to Lille to Paris - including atop AFP's headquarters - will do little do reverse declining bee populations, experts say. ... more
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California grapes threatened by giant fire
A massive wildfire has destroyed scores of buildings and threatens to raze several vineyards in California, where a prolonged drought has left vegetation tinder-dry, officials warned Tuesday. ... more
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Small molecules to help make SMARTER cereals
University of Adelaide researchers are rethinking plant breeding strategies to improve the development of new high-yielding, stress-tolerant cereal varieties. In a paper published in the journ ... more
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Pesticides used to help bees may actually harm them
Pesticides beekeepers are using to improve honeybee health may actually be harming the bees by damaging the bacteria communities in their guts, according to a team led by a Virginia Tech scientist. ... more
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Burkina Faso halts massive donkey meat exports to Asia
Burkina Faso has banned the export of donkeys, ending a massive surge in sales of meat and skins to Asia, an official said Tuesday. ... more
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Study: Plastic chemical BPS damages egg cells
Bisphenol S, or BPS, is an organic compound used in plastics production and found in epoxies, glues and receipt paper, among other products. ... more
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Pesticides used by beekeepers may harm bees' gut microbiota
A number of studies have shown the harmful effects of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, but beekeepers use a variety of other types of pesticides thought to help bees by ridding their hives of parasites and associated pathogens. ... more
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Sunflowers move by the clock
It's summertime, and the fields of Yolo County are filled with ranks of sunflowers, dutifully watching the rising sun. At the nearby University of California, Davis, plant biologists have now discov ... more
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Trading farmland for nitrogen protection
Excess nitrogen from agricultural runoff can enter surface waters with devastating effects. Algal blooms and fish kills are a just a couple of possible consequences. But riparian buffer zones - area ... more
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French wheat output headed for 30-year low
France, the European Union's biggest grain producer, is headed for its smallest wheat harvest in three decades because of heavy rains and lack of sunlight, the agriculture ministry said Friday. ... more
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Mulching plus remediation corrects contaminated lawns
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Ancient rice DNA data provides new view of domestication history
Rice, or Oryza sativa as its scientifically known, feeds more than a third of the globe. Yet the majority of rice crops that supply 90 percent of the world come from just two domesticated varieties, ... more
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Plasma technology can be tapped to kill biofilms on perishable fruit, foods
Seeing fruit "turn bad and going to waste" inspired a team of researchers in China to explore using atmospheric pressure nonequilibrium plasma - already widely used for medical purposes - as a novel ... more
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Where have all the donkeys gone? Burkina Faso's export dilemma
In the small Burkina Faso village of Balole, where farmers struggle to grow tomatoes, cabbages and aubergines, angry youngsters armed with batons and machetes are barring entry to the slaughterhouse. ... more
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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 ... more
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To keep soil health, scientists say mix up plant species
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