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April 15, 2014
Oyster aquaculture could significantly improve Potomac River estuary water quality
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 15, 2014
Oyster aquaculture in the Potomac River estuary could result in significant improvements to water quality, according to a new NOAA and U.S. Geological Survey study published in the journal Aquatic Geochemistry. All of the nitrogen currently polluting the Potomac River estuary could be removed if 40 percent of its river bed were used for shellfish cultivation, according to the joint study. The researchers determined that a combination of aquaculture and restored oyster reefs may provide even larger ... read more

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Climate: Farming emissions to rise 30% by 2050
Greenhouse gases emitted by agriculture are on track to rise by 30 percent by mid-century, driven especially by livestock and use of fertiliser, a UN agency reported on Friday. ... more
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Unity is strength in the marketing of smallholder farm produce
Smallholder farmers often face the challenge of accessing markets and selling their produce at competitive prices because they produce in small quantities that may not be commercially viable. ... more
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Chinese man covered with 460,000 bees for honey stunt
A Chinese beekeeper covered his semi-naked body in more than 460,000 bees for a publicity stunt aimed at selling more of his honey, he told AFP Thursday, using a technique known as "bee bearding". ... more
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Tracking Sugar Movement in Plants
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by scientists at the University of Queensland, Australia, overturns a long-held theory in plant science. Researchers at t ... more
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Chinese pork firm $5.3 bn IPO set to be the biggest in a year
Chinese pork producer WH Group hopes to raise more than $5 billion in what would be the world's biggest initial public offering for a year as it plans to list in Hong Kong, giving a boost to the city's IPO market. ... more
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Field study shows why food quality will suffer with rising CO2
For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants' assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops ... more
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The tiniest greenhouse gas emitters
Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes are one of the biggest uncertainties facing climate modelers. A new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) ... more
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Taking action to deliver agriculture growth, jobs, food security in face of climate change
The influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released this week, concluded that climate change is already damaging food production and increasing food prices, and will ha ... more
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Urban gardeners may be unaware of how best to manage contaminants in soil
Consuming foods grown in urban gardens may offer a variety of health benefits, but a lack of knowledge about the soil used for planting, could pose a health threat for both consumers and gardeners. ... more
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Scientists say new computer model amounts to a lot more than a hill of beans
Crops that produce more while using less water seem like a dream for a world with a burgeoning population and already strained food and water resources. This dream is coming closer to reality for Un ... more
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Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road
Charred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000 years ago at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan show that nomadic sheepherders played a surprisingly important role in the e ... more
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Crop feasibility should be investigated before promoted to farmers
With rising food and energy costs, smallholder farmers are looking for alternative crops that can generate more income and provide a better livelihood; however, bringing in new crops without tried a ... more
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US diners gorge on oysters as polluted bay revives
Cage after cage, oysters destined for a sprinkling of lemon juice and a delighted diner are pulled from the majestic Chesapeake Bay, where 20 years ago they had nearly disappeared. ... more
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The science of champagne fizz: How many bubbles are in your bubbly?
The importance of fizz, more technically known as effervescence, in sparkling wines and champagnes is not to be underestimated - it contributes to the complete sensory experience of a glass, or flut ... more
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Meeting climate targets may require reducing meat and dairy consumption
Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. ... more
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Using different scents to attract or repel insects
Flowering plants attract pollinating insects with scent from their flowers and bright colours. If they have become infested with herbivores like caterpillars, they attract beneficial insects like pa ... more
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Calcium waves help the roots tell the shoots
For Simon Gilroy, sometimes seeing is believing. In this case, it was seeing the wave of calcium sweep root-to-shoot in the plants the University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of botany is studying ... more
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Scientists ID Genes that Could Lead to Tough, Disease-Resistant Varieties of Rice
As the Earth's human population marches toward 9 billion, the need for hardy new varieties of grain crops has never been greater. It won't be enough to yield record harvests under perfect cond ... more
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A new approach to detecting changes in GM foods
Does genetic manipulation causes unintended changes in food quality and composition? Are genetically modified (GM) foods less nutritious than their non-GM counterparts, or different in unknown ways? ... more
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Damaging effects of biochar on plant defence casts doubt on geoengineering claims
In the first study of its kind, research undertaken at the University of Southampton has cast significant doubt over the use of biochar to alleviate climate change. Biochar is produced when wo ... more
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Attracting wild bees to farms is a good insurance policy
Investing in habitat that attracts and supports wild bees in farms is not only an effective approach to helping enhance crop pollination, but it can also pay for itself in four years or less, accord ... more
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Quarter of Europe's bumblebee species risk extinction: study
Almost a quarter of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction, largely because of climate change and intensive farming, the International Union for Conservation of Nature warned on Wednesday. ... more
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China's COFCO to acquire 51% of agri-firm Noble
China's state-owned grain giant COFCO is to take a majority stake in the agricultural commodities subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Noble Group, the firms said Wednesday, in its latest global acquisition. ... more
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Space tech provides Africa's first Islamic insurance for herders
The son of a camel herder, Hassan Bashir knows how tough traditional life in Kenya's arid north is, where pastoralists rely on livestock herds surviving boom and bust cycles of drought. ... more
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