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April 24, 2015
Ability to identify 'killer' bees a boon to the honeybee industry
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 24, 2015
A genetic test that can prevent the entry of 'killer' bees into Australia and their spread around the world has been created by researchers at the University of Sydney and their collaborators at York University in Canada. "Having a tool that can identify desirable and undesirable bee subspecies will be of value to breeding and conservation programs throughout the world. Pollination of crops by honeybees adds many billions of dollars to the world economy, so any strategy that can prevent losses is ... read more

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Genetic road map may bring about better cotton crops
A University of Texas at Austin scientist, working with an international research team, has developed the most precise sequence map yet of U.S. cotton and will soon create an even more detailed map ... more
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Protesting Indian farmers stand in chest-deep water for 11 days
Farmers in central India continued Tuesday to stand in murky, chest-deep water for the 11th straight day in an unconventional protest over a land dispute. Around 30 farmers have vowed to keep ... more
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Plumping up shrivelled market for France's famed prunes
France's famous Agen prunes have seen their market share shrivel in recent years under pressure from Chilean growers, but local farmers have ploughed money into modern methods in a bid to save their ... more
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Limited soil nutrients may hamper plants ability to slow climate change
Some climate models suggest runaway global temperatures will be held in check - at least a little bit - by the uptick in green growth enabled by a warming planet. In other words, the plant life encouraged by global warming will pull excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, thus slowing global warming. ... more
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Maize roots have evolved to be more nitrogen efficient
Selective breeding of maize over the last century to create hybrids with desirable shoot characteristics and increased yield may have contributed indirectly to the evolution of root systems that are ... more
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Bacterial raincoat discovery paves way to better crop protection
Fresh insights into how bacteria protect themselves - by forming a waterproof raincoat - could help develop improved products to protect plants from disease. Researchers have discovered how co ... more
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Study puts a price on help nature provides agriculture
A team of international scientists has shown that assigning a dollar value to the benefits nature provides agriculture improves the bottom line for farmers while protecting the environment. The stud ... more
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Diversity in a monoculture
Modern, machine-friendly agriculture is dominated by monocultures. One single cultivar - one genotype of a crop species - is cultivated on large areas. Favored cultivars are optimized for high yield ... more
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Most comprehensive study to date reveals evolutionary history of citrus
Citrus fruits - delectable oranges, lemons, limes, kumquats and grapefruits - are among the most important commercially cultivated fruit trees in the world, yet little is known of the origin of the ... more
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In parched California, Beverly Hills may go greener by going brown
With its lush shrubs and manicured lawns, posh Beverly Hills is being shoved somewhere it's never been - pinched by deepening drought, mandatory cuts and now potential fines. Even its mega-rich have had to shut the spigot, under fire for over-watering. ... more
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Nitrogen deposition reduces Swiss plant diversity
High human atmospheric nitrogen emissions lead to a reduction of plant diversity. Researchers at the University of Basel analyzed plots all over Switzerland and report that the plant diversity has d ... more
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Scientists track fertilizer's effects on Ohio algae bloom
While NASA satellites monitor algae blooms from above, scientists in Ohio will keep an eye on the toxic blooms from ground level - or more accurately, from water level. ... more
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Warming seas may spell end to Britain's fish and chips
Warming seas may spell the end to traditional British food favourites such as haddock and chips, researchers said on Monday. ... more
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More food, low pollution effort gains traction
Nitrogen fertilizers make it possible to feed more people in the world than ever before. However, too much of it can also harm the environment. Professor Eric Davidson, director of the University of ... more
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Living mulch, organic fertilizer tested on broccoli
Cover crops provide many benefits to agricultural production systems, including soil and nutrient retention, resources and habitat for beneficial organisms, and weed suppression. In regions where sh ... more
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Fishing amplifies forage fish collapses
A new study shows for the first time that fishing likely worsens population collapses in species of forage fish, including herring, anchovies and sardines. Some of the largest fisheries in the world ... more
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Liquid corn, fish fertilizers 'good options' for organic blackberry production
Managing soil nutrients in organic production systems presents multiple challenges for fruit growers. The availability and release rate of nitrogen from organic fertilizers, ease of application, and ... more
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Study points the way toward producing rubber from lettuce
Prickly lettuce, a common weed that has long vexed farmers, has potential as a new cash crop providing raw material for rubber production, according to Washington State University scientists. ... more
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EU to simplify GMO import approval: sources
The EU plans to simplify the import approval process for controversial genetically modified foods and animal feed, allowing member states to decide whether to admit them or not, sources said Wednesday. ... more
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California farmers spared worst of water rationing: governor
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday defended tough new measures aimed at combatting a crippling four-year drought, but which critics say are far too lenient on the state's farmers. ... more
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Taxi drivers hospitalised after Beijing pesticide protest: police
More than 30 taxi drivers were hospitalised after apparently drinking pesticide during a protest in central Beijing over a dispute with authorities, police said Saturday. ... more
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Diversity prevents resistance
Our opponents always seem to be one step ahead. Although pest controllers now have numerous chemical preparations available, allowing them to take action against unwanted insects, the species target ... more
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Photosynthesis hack needed to feed the world by 2050
Using high-performance computing and genetic engineering to boost the photosynthetic efficiency of plants offers the best hope of increasing crop yields enough to feed a planet expected to have 9.5 ... more
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Illegal cocoa farms threaten Ivory Coast primates
Researchers surveying for endangered primates in national parks and forest reserves of Ivory Coast found, to their surprise, that most of these protected areas had been turned into illegal cocoa far ... more
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