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A Tale of Two (Soil) Cities

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Recent work showed that long-term differences in soil use and management influence not only the sizes and numbers of soil aggregates, but also what the pores inside them will look like.

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The Importance of Soil-Dwelling Animals

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Soil animals degrade organic matter, maintain soil structure

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Marijuana Weight Gain, Climate Change and Floods, Alcoholism Predictors, and More Top Stories 1 July 2015

Other topics include; do x-rays really cause cancer? And more.

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Caribbean Spiny Lobsters Create Safe Havens to Avoid Disease

The lobsters create "behavioral immunity" that prevents them from contracting a deadly disease, a key finding for the $50 million a year Florida business, according to a new study co-authored by a UF/IFAS scientist.

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Recycled Water, Salt-Tolerant Grass a Water-Saving Pair

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Plants need water. People need water. Unfortunately, there’s only so much clean water to go around — and so the effort begins to find a solution. One strategy is to use treated wastewater, containing salt leftover from the cleaning process, to water large areas of turf grass. Researchers have found ways to breed salt-tolerant turf that can withstand this irrigation.

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NM Small Acreage Farmers Finding New Ways to Meet Demand for Fresh Produce

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New Mexico is following the nation in the demand for locally-grown fruits and vegetables. New Mexico State University is working with small-acreage farmers around the state to meet the demand. At a recent vegetable-farming workshop in Albuquerque, 90 percent of attendees farmed 10 acres or less and 75 percent had farmed for less than 10 years.

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How Much Water Does It Take to Grow Castor? UF/IFAS Scientists Now Know

University of Florida scientists have discovered how much water castor needs in order to grow in North Florida, a key finding in their efforts to determine the feasibility of producing castor in Florida for the first time since 1972.

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Barn Owls Threatened by Africanized Bees in South Florida

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University of Florida IFAS researchers are building new homes for the feral bees to save the birds.

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Trending Stories Report for 19 June 2015

Topics include: treating advanced skin cancer, big data and bioenergy, cancer research, 10 reasons to eat quinoa, sleep issues in the nursing field, advances in cancer surgery, genes for sleep, brain receptor for cocaine addiction, and nano imaging on insect adaptations.

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Mississippi Farmers, Beekeepers Work Together to Protect Bees

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This article is the second installment in a three-part series on the relationships between pesticides and row crops, farmers and beekeepers, and factors influencing honeybee health. This story focuses on the Mississippi Honey Bee Stewardship Program.