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February 12, 2017
Endangered species listing for bumble bee delayed by Trump admin
Washington (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
In a move announced Thursday in the Federal Registrar, President Donald Trump and his administration have delayed the inclusion of the rusty patched bumble bee on the endangered species list. Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the bumble bee species would become the first in the continental United States to be listed as endangered. The rule change was to become official on Friday. The move is in keeping the executive order signed by President Donal Trump in January, ... read more

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China villagers 'beat the Buddha' for a good harvest
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Brexit sows seeds of doubt for British farmers

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Forests worldwide threatened by drought

Four million without water in deadly Chile floods

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Miracle crop: Can quinoa help feed the world?
Scientists on Wednesday unveiled the near-complete genome of quinoa, a grain cultivated centuries ago by Incas in the Andes that scientists say could help feed a hungry world. ... more
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Students brew beer using 5,000-year-old recipe from China
Many college students - if desperate enough, or late enough - aren't above settling for skunked beer, a can that sat out in the sun for too long, for example. But few have tasted the funky notes of a home-brewed jar of suds inspired by ancient Chinese beer-making techniques. ... more
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Persistent tropical foraging in the New Guinea highlands
The development of agriculture is frequently seen as one of the major economic, social, and demographic thresholds in human history. From the perspective of the modern world it is often seen as an i ... more
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Spain's Balearic Islands hit by deadly olive tree bacteria
A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected in Spain's Balearic Islands where authorities are racing to contain it, a regional government official said Friday. ... more
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Italy's military 'narcos' cook up cannabis cures
It's every stoner's nightmare: marijuana plants as far as the eye can see and not a spliff in sight. ... more
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Corn turning French hamsters into deranged cannibals: research
A diet of corn is turning wild hamsters in northeastern France into deranged cannibals that devour their offspring, alarmed researchers have reported. ... more
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Crop achilles' heel costs farmers 10 percent of potential yield
Scientists assumed leaves at the top of a plant would be the best at turning higher levels of light into carbohydrates - through the process of photosynthesis - while the lower shaded leaves would b ... more
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Pigs and chocolate: Using math to solve problems in farming
Improving cocoa yields for the chocolate industry, estimating the quality of meat in pigs and refining the design of a hydroponics system, were three farming challenges tackled by academics at a rec ... more
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Nanoparticle fertilizer could contribute to new 'green revolution'
The "Green Revolution" of the '60s and '70s has been credited with helping to feed billions around the world, with fertilizers being one of the key drivers spurring the agricultural boom. But ... more
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How do people choose what plants to use
There are about 400,000 species of plants in the world. Humans use approximately 10-15% of them to cover our basic needs, such as food, medicine and shelter, as well as other needs, such as recreati ... more
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Intense industrial fishing
China, the world's largest seafood producer, has done something extraordinary. For the past 20 years, despite minimal management and some of the most intense industrial fishing in the world, it has ... more
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Wheat virus crosses over, harms native grasses
Once upon a time, it was thought that crop diseases affected only crops. New research shows, however, that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native grasses. In the current iss ... more
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Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change
Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and so ... more
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Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops - such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits - to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae signific ... more
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Tiny plants with huge potential
Wolffia globosa, a tiny, rootless duckweed, or water lens, apparently has what it takes to achieve great things. Researchers at the University of Jena (Germany), together with colleagues in In ... more
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Can the 'greening' be greener?
The EU introduced the new "greening" instrument into the Common Agricultural Policy in 2015, with the intention to slow the rapid loss of biodiversity in agricultural areas. The idea is quite simple ... more
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Grasslands hold potential for increased food production
About 40% of natural grasslands worldwide have potential to support increased livestock grazing, according to a new study published in the journal Global Change Biology. This translates to a potenti ... more
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Europe urged to expand pesticide ban for bees' sake
Europe should expand a ban on bee-harming pesticides, environmental lobby group Greenpeace said Thursday, as it released a report warning of widespread risks to agriculture and the environment. ... more
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Russia's Vavilov institute, guardian of world's lost plants
Stacked high beneath vaulted ceilings in a tsarist-era building, cabinets store the seeds of thousands of plant varieties, many long gone from their original areas of habitat or cultivation. ... more
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Pressures from grazers hastens ecosystem collapse from drought
Extreme droughts, intensified by a warming climate, are increasingly causing ecosystem collapse in many regions worldwide. But models used by scientists to predict the tipping points at which drough ... more
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21 farmers granted bail in Myanmar army land-grabbing case
Twenty-one farmers were granted bail by a Myanmar court on Tuesday after being jailed over a land-grab dispute with the military that has highlighted acute challenges faced by the rural poor. ... more
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How we shop hurts endangered species
The hidden danger to wildlife posed by imported consumer goods - an espresso coffee in Beijing, a tofu salad in Chicago - can now be pinpointed and measured, researchers said Wednesday. ... more
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A trip to the land of endangered ancient olive trees
The sun sets in eastern Spain and dozens of ancient olive trees cast long shadows on the ground. ... more
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Chickens are smarter and more complex than given credit for
The chicken isn't as dull or dumb as most people think, according to Lori Marino, senior scientist for the Someone Project - a research effort focused on the psychology, behavior and emotions of domestic farm animals. ... more
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