Agriculture

Genes Found in Drought-Resistant Plants Could Accelerate Evolution of Water-Use Efficient Crops
December 1, 2017 12:28 PM - DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions, which could play a significant role in bioengineering and creating energy crops that are tolerant to water deficits.

Belowground Fungal Interactions with Trees in Forests Help Explain Non-native Plant Invasions
December 1, 2017 11:34 AM - USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station

New research published by a team of scientists from the USDA Forest Service and Purdue University suggests that tiny soil fungi that help and are helped by trees may influence a forest’s vulnerability to invasion by non-native plants.

Belowground Fungal Interactions with Trees in Forests Help Explain Non-native Plant Invasions
December 1, 2017 11:34 AM - USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station

New research published by a team of scientists from the USDA Forest Service and Purdue University suggests that tiny soil fungi that help and are helped by trees may influence a forest’s vulnerability to invasion by non-native plants.

How barley is expected to benefit from climate change
December 1, 2017 08:20 AM - University of Alberta

Alberta’s most important feed crop for beef production will benefit from warmer temperatures and increased humidity, and so will the beef industry, new University of Alberta research shows.

In an agro-hydrological model combining nine different climate change models and 18 future scenarios, watershed scientist Monireh Faramarzi and post-doctoral fellow Badrul Masud along with other collaborators looked ahead to 2064 to assess the water footprint related to barley and the beef industry.

Uncertainty Surrounds U.S. Livestock Methane Emission Estimates
November 30, 2017 01:47 PM - Penn State

A new study of methane emissions from livestock in the United States — led by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences — has challenged previous top-down estimates.

Uncertainty Surrounds U.S. Livestock Methane Emission Estimates
November 30, 2017 01:47 PM - Penn State

A new study of methane emissions from livestock in the United States — led by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences — has challenged previous top-down estimates.

Cranberry Growers Tart on Phosphorus
November 29, 2017 09:29 AM - American Society of Agronomy

At Thanksgiving, many Americans look forward to eating roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and tangy red cranberries. To feed that appetite, cranberry farming is big business. In Massachusetts, cranberries are the most valuable food crop. The commonwealth’s growers provide one-fourth of the U.S. cranberry supply.

Cranberry Growers Tart on Phosphorus
November 29, 2017 09:29 AM - American Society of Agronomy

At Thanksgiving, many Americans look forward to eating roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and tangy red cranberries. To feed that appetite, cranberry farming is big business. In Massachusetts, cranberries are the most valuable food crop. The commonwealth’s growers provide one-fourth of the U.S. cranberry supply.

Brazilian Ethanol Can Replace 13.7% of World's Crude Oil Consumption
November 28, 2017 12:47 PM - Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

Expansion of sugarcane cultivation in Brazil for ethanol production in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could potentially replace up to 13.7% of world crude oil consumption and reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by as much as 5.6% by 2045.

Brazilian Ethanol Can Replace 13.7% of World's Crude Oil Consumption
November 28, 2017 12:47 PM - Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

Expansion of sugarcane cultivation in Brazil for ethanol production in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could potentially replace up to 13.7% of world crude oil consumption and reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by as much as 5.6% by 2045.

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