Agriculture

Food banks respond to hunger needs in rural America
July 27, 2017 11:18 AM - University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Many images of rural America are food-related—a freshly-baked apple pie cooling on the windowsill, a roadside produce stand brimming with sweet corn and tomatoes, or a Norman Rockwell print showing a family sitting down to dinner. But the reality is that many people in rural America face hunger and don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.

Food banks respond to hunger needs in rural America
July 27, 2017 11:18 AM - University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Many images of rural America are food-related—a freshly-baked apple pie cooling on the windowsill, a roadside produce stand brimming with sweet corn and tomatoes, or a Norman Rockwell print showing a family sitting down to dinner. But the reality is that many people in rural America face hunger and don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.

Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
July 27, 2017 11:09 AM - Rice University

Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers.

Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
July 27, 2017 11:09 AM - Rice University

Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers.

Climate change to push Ethiopian coffee farming uphill
July 27, 2017 11:00 AM - , SciDevNet

Relocating coffee areas, along with forestation and forest conservation, to higher altitudes to cope with climate change could increase Ethiopia‘s coffee farming area fourfold, a study predicts.

How plant architectures mimic subway networks
July 26, 2017 03:15 PM - Salk Institute

It might seem like a tomato plant and a subway system don’t have much in common, but both, it turns out, are networks that strive to make similar tradeoffs between cost and performance.

Using 3D laser scans of growing plants, Salk scientists found that the same universal design principles that humans use to engineer networks like subways also guide the shapes of plant branching architectures. The work, which appears in the July 26, 2017, issue of Cell Systems, could help direct strategies to increase crop yields or breed plants better adapted to climate change.

Infected Insects Cause a Stink
July 24, 2017 01:48 PM - University of California, Riverside

Tiny eel-like creatures called nematodes are surrounding us. While they can be free-living (a cup of soil or seawater contains thousands), the most well-known nematodes are the parasitic kind that wreak havoc in people, animals and plants.

Infected Insects Cause a Stink
July 24, 2017 01:48 PM - University of California, Riverside

Tiny eel-like creatures called nematodes are surrounding us. While they can be free-living (a cup of soil or seawater contains thousands), the most well-known nematodes are the parasitic kind that wreak havoc in people, animals and plants.

Researchers Find Corn Gene Conferring Resistance to Multiple Plant Leaf Diseases
July 24, 2017 01:39 PM - North Carolina State University

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found a specific gene in corn that appears to be associated with resistance to two and possibly three different plant leaf diseases.

Researchers Find Corn Gene Conferring Resistance to Multiple Plant Leaf Diseases
July 24, 2017 01:39 PM - North Carolina State University

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found a specific gene in corn that appears to be associated with resistance to two and possibly three different plant leaf diseases.

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