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September 01, 2017
Lasers zap decontaminates from soil
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
There might be a new and improved way to rid contaminated soil of toxins and pollutants: zap it with lasers. By directly breaking down pollutants, researchers say, high-powered lasers can now be more efficient and cheaper than conventional decontamination techniques. "Other methods are either costly, labor intensive, have low efficiency, or take a long time," said Ming Su, an associate professor of chemical engineer at Northeastern University. With two of his graduate students, Wenjun Zheng and Si ... read more

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Leaf sensors can tell farmers when crops need to be watered
Plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves show great promise for telling farmers when to activate their irrigation systems, preventing both water waste and ... more
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Soybean rust develops 'rolling' epidemics as spores travel north
Although Midwestern soybean growers have yet to experience the brunt of soybean rust, growers in the southern United States are very familiar with the disease. Every year, the fungus slowly moves no ... more
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China blocks US request for WTO arbitration in grain dispute
China on Thursday blocked a US request for the World Trade Organization to create an expert panel to resolve a dispute over Chinese restrictions on imports of American grain. ... more
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To detoxify soil, just shoot lasers at it, study says
Researchers have developed a new technique for ridding soil of pollutants: blasting the dirt with lasers. ... more
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Scientists turn brewing waste into fresh yeast to make more beer
What's better than beer? More beer, of course. It's a motto scientists in Singapore have taken to heart. ... more
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Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Over nearly a century Disney has exported US culture across the globe, but the company was astonished to find one slice of Americana wildly popular in China - the turkey leg. ... more
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Sentinel-1 speeds up crop insurance payouts
For the first time in India, a state government is using satellites to assess lost crops so that farmers can benefit from speedy insurance payouts. The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is h ... more
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France faces worst wine harvest since 1945
France faces its poorest wine harvest since 1945 after an unusually mild March and frosty April, experts said Friday, although a hot summer promises to deliver top vintages. ... more

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Ray of hope for more abundant wheat crops
Crops such as wheat could be up to 21% more efficient at turning the sun's energy into food, according to new research by Lancaster University. The food chain relies on plants using sunlight t ... more
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Can 'reading' leaves lead to more drought-tolerant crops
Looking at leaves to peer into the future might seem the stuff of superstition, but is actually the essence of research conducted by scientists from Texas A and M AgriLife and the University of Sout ... more
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Wild sheep grazed in the Black Desert 14,500 years ago
Excavations of architecture and associated deposits left by hunter-gatherers in the Black Desert in eastern Jordan have revealed bones from wild sheep - a species previously not identified in this a ... more
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Harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield
Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range--from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low ... more
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Adding silicon to soil to strengthen plant defenses
To help plants better fend off insect pests, researchers are arming them with stones. The University of Delaware's Ivan Hiltpold and researchers from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environme ... more
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Surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road
Centuries ago, the ancient networks of the Silk Road facilitated a political and economic openness between the nations of Eurasia. But this network also opened pathways for genetic exchange that sha ... more
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Climate change will cut crop yields: study
Climate change will have a negative effect on key crops such as wheat, rice, and maize, according to a major scientific report out Tuesday that reviewed 70 prior studies on global warming and agriculture. ... more
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Oceans possess vast, untapped potential for sustainable aquaculture
Covering 70 percent of Earth's surface, the world's oceans are vast and deep. So vast, in fact, that nearly every coastal country has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aqu ... more

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Efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture paying off slowly
Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. Th ... more
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'Inefficient' sailing fleet keeps oyster fishery alive
Oyster stocks in a Cornish fishery are sustained thanks to "inefficient" traditional fishing methods, new research suggests. The Fal oyster fishery is home to the only sail-driven commercial fishing ... more
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Experts point finger at Dutch oversight agency in egg scandal
Years of cuts at the Dutch food watchdog agency and a tendency among politicians to put economics ahead of public safety may be to blame for the EU's tainted-egg scandal that has spread as far as Hong Kong. ... more
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By attacking queen bumblebee, pesticide threatens colony: study
A common pesticide used on crops compromises a queen bumblebee's ability to lay eggs, threatening her colony with extinction, according to a study released Monday. ... more
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Can offshore fish farming feed a hungry world?
Harvesting fish and shellfish from offshore farms could help provide essential protein to a global population set to expand a third to 10 billion by mid-century, researchers said Monday. ... more
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Hong Kong, Switzerland, 15 EU states hit by egg scandal: EU
Insecticide-tainted eggs from European poultry farms have now been found in Hong Kong and Switzerland as well as 15 EU countries, the European Commission said Friday. ... more
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Cracking the code of megapests
For the first time, researchers from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have mapped the complete genome of two closely related megapests potentially sav ... more
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Dramatic changes needed in farming practices to keep pace with climate change
Major changes in agricultural practices will be required to offset increases in nutrient losses due to climate change, according to research published by a Lancaster University-led team. To co ... more
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