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The Real Price of Steak: New Research Reveals the Comparative Environmental Costs of Animal-Based Foods

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute and the U.S. created a tool to analyze the environmental costs of agriculture, with the goal of determining which types of animal-based food one should eat, environmentally speaking. In the most comprehensive study of its kind, they came up with answers both expected and surprising.

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Bumblebees in Trouble: Commercialization Has Sickened Bumblebees Around the World. Can We Save Them?

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Scientists Complete Chromosome-Based Draft of the Wheat Genome

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Scientists have completed a chromosome-based draft sequence of the bread wheat genome as well as the first reference sequence of chromosome 3B, the largest chromosome in wheat.

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Drying More Corn for Less Money

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Drying the maximum amount of corn with the least amount of energy—that’s what engineering manager Brent Bloemendaal of Brock Grain Systems in Frankfort, Indiana, needed to give his company a competitive edge in the marketplace. To do that, he partnered with thermodynamics experts at South Dakota State University. Using an experimental setup, assistant professor Stephen Gent of the mechanical engineering department has developed and validated a numerical model that the company calls “unique and cutting edge.”

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Rethinking Fish Farming to Offset Its Public Health and Environmental Risks

As government agencies recommend greater consumption of seafood for its health benefits, a new analysis led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future urges medical and public health professionals to consider the environmental and health impact of seafood sourcing, particularly aquaculture, or the farming of fish, shellfish and crustaceans. The paper appears in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Current Environmental Health Reports.

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Study Identifies Contributing Factors to Groundwater Table Declines

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It’s no secret groundwater levels have declined across the state over the past eight decades, and that the primary reason was the onset of irrigation in agriculture and population growth. But a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study has identified other factors having an impact.

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“Tailored” Water—the Latest in Lawn Care

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“Fertigation,” drip irrigation and decentralized water treatment are new keys to a lush, green, sustainable lawn.

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Potent Spider Toxin 'Electrocutes' German, Not American, Cockroaches

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Using spider toxins to study the proteins that let nerve cells send out electrical signals, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have stumbled upon a biological tactic that may offer a new way to protect crops from insect plagues in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

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Beloved Crape Myrtle in Nurseries Now Susceptible to Bacterial Leaf Spot

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Crape myrtle, an iconic tree in many yards around the country, has a new disease problem, researchers have found.

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Drought and Poor Wheat Harvest in Kansas Has Effects on National Economy, Says Climatologist

The anticipated record low wheat harvest in Kansas will affect food availability and the national economy, says a Kansas State University climatologist.

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