Agriculture

AgriLife Research Study: Winter Wheat Feasible Cover Crop for Rolling Plains Cotton
November 28, 2017 11:12 AM - Texas A&M Agrilife Communications

Interest in using cover crops to improve soil health continues to grow in the Texas Rolling Plains region, but the nagging concern of reductions in soil moisture and effects on yields of subsequent cash crops still exists.

Maize pest exploits plant defense compounds to protect itself
November 27, 2017 02:35 PM - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

The western corn rootworm continues to be on the rise in Europe. Why attempts to biologically target this crop pest by applying entomopathogenic nematodes have failed, can now be explained by the amazing defense strategy of this insect. In their new study, scientists from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, show that the rootworm larvae are able to sequester plant defense compounds from maize roots in a non-toxic form and can activate the toxins whenever they need them to protect themselves against their own enemies. (eLife, November 2017, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.29307.001)

New Technique Can Detect Impurities in Ground Beef Within Minutes
November 27, 2017 12:03 PM - University of British Columbia

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a better way to identify unwanted animal products in ground beef.

New Technique Can Detect Impurities in Ground Beef Within Minutes
November 27, 2017 12:03 PM - University of British Columbia

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a better way to identify unwanted animal products in ground beef.

Spinning Biomass into Gold
November 27, 2017 08:37 AM - University of Tennessee - Knoxville

There’s a century-old adage coined by the paper industry that claims “you can make anything from lignin except a profit.”

Art Ragauskas has heard this maxim countless times during his career, and it gets him a little riled up every time he hears it. As the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, Ragauskas is channeling that ire into proving that the old saying’s time has come and gone.

NUS Scientists Develop Artificial Photosynthesis Device for Greener Ethylene Production
November 24, 2017 10:49 AM - National University of Singapore

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a prototype device that mimics natural photosynthesis to produce ethylene gas using only sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The novel method, which produces ethylene at room temperature and pressure using benign chemicals, could be scaled up to provide a more eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to the current method of ethylene production.  

NUS Scientists Develop Artificial Photosynthesis Device for Greener Ethylene Production
November 24, 2017 10:49 AM - National University of Singapore

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a prototype device that mimics natural photosynthesis to produce ethylene gas using only sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The novel method, which produces ethylene at room temperature and pressure using benign chemicals, could be scaled up to provide a more eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to the current method of ethylene production.  

Why The World Needs to Rethink The Value of Water
November 23, 2017 03:19 PM - University of Oxford

Research led by Oxford University highlights the accelerating pressure on measuring, monitoring and managing water locally and globally. A new four-part framework is proposed to value water for sustainable development to guide better policy and practice.

Why The World Needs to Rethink The Value of Water
November 23, 2017 03:19 PM - University of Oxford

Research led by Oxford University highlights the accelerating pressure on measuring, monitoring and managing water locally and globally. A new four-part framework is proposed to value water for sustainable development to guide better policy and practice.

Radiographs of Dolly's Skeleton Show No Signs of Abnormal Osteoarthritis
November 23, 2017 01:19 PM - University of Nottingham

Original concerns that cloning caused early-onset osteoarthritis (OA) in Dolly the sheep are unfounded, say experts at the University of Nottingham and the University of Glasgow.

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