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September 29, 2016
Chinese giant turns to France to meet soaring demand for baby formula
Carhaix-Plouguer, France (AFP) Sept 28, 2016
China's third largest baby formula producer on Wednesday opened a vast plant in France's Brittany region, whose prized dairy cows are set to contribute 100,000 tons of powdered milk a year to a growing Chinese market that mistrusts domestic production. Synutra's 170 million euro ($190 million) factory covers some 38,000 square metres (410,000 square feet) near the small town of Carhaix. The company said it was China's largest foreign investment in the milk processing sector. The factory will ... read more

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How plant roots sense and react to soil flooding
While we already knew that plant roots were capable of sensing many individual soil characteristics (water, nutrients and oxygen availability), we did not have any understanding of how they integrat ... more
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In Uruguay, green school 'plants seeds' for planet
A building made of tires and glass and plastic bottles, off the grid and non-polluting: a village in Uruguay is home to a fully sustainable school - and a bold experiment in green citizenship. ... more
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Study quantifies enviromental impact of genetically modified crops
The largest, most comprehensive analysis of genetically modified crops suggest the practice has led to a reduction in insecticide use but a spike in the employment of herbicides. ... more
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Sri Lanka to shift farmers from elephant corridors
Sri Lanka Wednesday announced it was planning to relocate farmers living on the edges of forests inhabited by elephants to reduce the numbers killed on both sides. ... more
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Full circle: space algae fighting malnutrition in Congo
Looking for food that could be harvested by astronauts far from Earth, researchers focused on spirulina, which has been harvested for food in South America and Africa for centuries. ESA astronaut Sa ... more
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Bayer sets $66 bn deal for Monsanto after lengthy pursuit
German chemicals giant Bayer announced Wednesday a $66 billion deal to buy controversial US seeds and pesticides firm Monsanto, triggering immediate criticism from farmers and environmentalists. ... more
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US challenges $100 bn in China rice, cereal subsidies
US President Barack Obama launched legal action against "unfair" Chinese rice, wheat and corn subsidies at the World Trade Organization on Tuesday, setting up a culturally sensitive multi-billion-dollar trade spat. ... more
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Rutgers researchers debunk 'five-second rule'
Turns out bacteria may transfer to candy that has fallen on the floor no matter how fast you pick it up. Rutgers researchers have disproven the widely accepted notion that it's OK to scoop up food a ... more
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Study suggests cover crop mixtures increase agroecosystem services
Planting a multi-species mixture of cover crops - rather than a cover crop monoculture - between cash crops, provides increased agroecosystem services, or multifunctionality, according to researcher ... more
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Fruit flies help explain why humans yearn for protein
Serotonin may be responsible for our love of protein. ... more
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Farming adaptations needed to combat climate change to impact crop yields in 2050
As the globe continues to spin toward a future with higher temperatures, crop yields will likely decrease if farmers do not adapt to new management or technology practices. Establishing new strategi ... more
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Future drought will offset benefits of higher CO2 on soybean yields
An eight-year study of soybeans grown outdoors in a carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere like that expected by 2050 has yielded a new and worrisome finding: Higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations will boos ... more
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Predictive tool vital to sustainable environmental futures
A new predictive tool, which for the first time combines human perception of the environment with land-use planning and socioeconomic data, could help governments mitigate the impact of climate chan ... more
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Helpers for energy acquisition from plants
Research into plant cells is far from complete. Scientists under the biochemist Professor Peter Dormann at Universitat Bonn have now succeeded in describing the function of chloroplasts in more deta ... more
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During drought, dry air can stress plants more than dry soil
Newly published research by Indiana University scientists finds that low relative humidity in the atmosphere is a significant, growing and often under-appreciated cause of plant stress in hot, dry w ... more
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Sorghum: A Super Plant to Save the World
Long hailed as a 'miracle crop,' the versatile sorghum plant is being hailed as a singular solution to many problems in an increasingly populated, hungry, and energy-starved planet. Will sorghum sav ... more
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Can humans learn from the farming prowess of ambrosia beetles?
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Early-onset spring models may indicate 'nightmare' for ag
Warm springs in the Great Lakes and Northeast regions - which create havoc for agriculture - may start earlier by mid-century if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, according to a new Cornell ... more
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Crop domestication is a balancing act
Skinny lines of ants snake through the rainforest carrying leaves and flowers above their heads - fertilizer for industrial-scale, underground fungus farms. Soon after the dinosaur extinctions 60 mi ... more
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Ivory Coast cocoa farmers seek gold in face of drought
Once a cocoa planter, Ferdinand Konan Yao has joined the ranks of fellow farmers who have abandoned Ivory Coast's top cash crop to work in clandestine gold mines buried deep in the plantations. ... more
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Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst
The pistachio trees at the village in southern Iran are long dead, bleached white by the sun - the underground water reserves sucked dry by decades of over-farming and waste. ... more
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ChemChina rolls over $43 bn Syngenta offer
State-owned China National Chemical Corp. said Tuesday it was extending its $43 billion agreed takeover for Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta until November. ... more
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More tomatoes, faster: Accelerating tomato engineering
Tomatoes are already an ideal model species for plant research, but scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) just made them even more useful by cutting the time required to modify their gene ... more
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Plants found to regulate leaf temperature to boost carbon uptake
A new study has found that plants regulate their leaf temperature with some independence from the surrounding air temperature, a trait that increases carbon uptake through photosynthesis. The resear ... more
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