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Stink Bugs Will Be Knocking on Your Door Once the Cooler Fall Weather Arrives. Expert Bill Cissel Can Help Plan for Their Arrival

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Diverse Insect Population Means Fewer Pests in Cornfields

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Cornfields with a more diverse insect population have fewer problems with pests, according to a study done by U.S. Department of Agriculture agroecologist Jonathan Lundgren and South Dakota State University economics professor Scott Fausti. The two-year USDA project is the first to use social network analysis to study insect communities in the corn production system to understand how large groups of organisms interact from an applied angle.

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Study Provides Insights Into the Mechanisms of Fine-Tuning of Wheat to Diverse Environments

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A Kansas State University researcher has helped identify the last major vernalization gene in wheat. Vernalization genes define when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments. The finding will help wheat breeders design wheat varieties that can adapt and thrive in changing environments around the world.

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Blueberry Extract Could Help Fight Gum Disease and Reduce Antibiotic Use

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Scientists have discovered that wild blueberry extract could help prevent dental plaque formation.

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UF/IFAS Entomologist to Be Inducted Into Pest Management Hall of Fame

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Phil Koehler sees his students as the reason he’s being inducted into the Pest Management Professional Hall of Fame. Koehler has provided opportunities for students, many of whom have stayed in entomology, and specifically pest management. Some will attend his hall of fame induction in Nashville, Tennessee, in October, an honor Koehler appreciates.

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UF/IFAS Scientists: Sterilize Tools Before Pruning Canary Island Date Palms to Prevent Lethal Fungal Disease

While this pathogen is not new to Florida, this is the first report of it infecting the wild date palm. The good news is that you can prevent the spread of F. oxysporum f. sp. canariensis most of the time by sterilizing pruning tools prior to pruning or by using a new pruning tool.

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UF/IFAS Scientist to Spread Knowledge at World Avocado Congress

With the laurel wilt pathogen threatening the Florida avocado industry, a UF/IFAS tropical fruit scientist will lend his expertise at the September meeting in Lima, Peru. The avocado industry, which is estimated to have a $100 million dollar a year impact on Florida's economy, is in real danger, the scientist says.

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Family Farm Managers Earn Less, but Gain ‘Emotional’ Wealth

After hours harvesting forage, managing livestock and milking cows, new Cornell University agricultural economic research shows family members who work on the family dairy farm make $22,000 less annually than comparable hired managers, but are handsomely compensated with “socioemotional” wealth.

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UD Researchers Examine Sweet Corn Damage Caused by Stink Bugs

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Researchers are taking a closer look at how brown marmorated stink bugs are causing damage to developing ears of sweet corn, the results of which could lead to better pest management strategies for growers.

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Company Developed Through University Technology Incubator Helps Ranchers Reduce Water-Related Costs, Addresses Global Water Insecurity

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Remote Well Solutions, which produces fully automated, off-grid water pumping systems that allow ranchers to reduce costs related to time, fuel, water and maintenance, is one of 12 companies from around the United States – including three from New Mexico – to be selected for the Village Capital Water US 2015 program. The six-month program aims to support entrepreneurs in addressing global water insecurity issues through technology.

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Entomologists Sniff Out New Stink Bug to Help Soybean Farmers Control Damage

Entomologists in Texas got a whiff of a new stink bug doing economic damage to soybeans in Texas and are developing ways to help farmers combat it, according to a report in the journal Environmental Entomology.

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Being a Graduate Student Away From a University Can Stink but in a Good Way

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Each year, graduate students may be stationed at remote Texas A&M AgriLife Research locations around the state to help with various studies. Researchers agree that having graduate students is a boon for science.

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Drought, Labor Issues Continue to Impact Chile Harvests in New Mexico. Experts Available to Talk About Crop Expectations, Research and Future

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UF/IFAS Program Highly Successful in Keeping Phosphorus Out of the Everglades

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A 20-year plan to dramatically reduce phosphorus levels of agricultural water entering the Florida Everglades is working.

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Stony Brook University Helps Prepare Next Generation of Farmers by Introducing a Hydroponic ‘Freight Farm’ On Campus

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This fall, Stony Brook University is introducing a fresh new technology – a hydroponic Freight Farm – where student farmers can grow crops year-round in an indoor environment. Created in a discarded shipping container converted into a fully operational hydroponic farm known as the Leafy Green Machine, the Freight Farm will be primarily managed by Stony Brook students. Using the latest in farm-management technologies such as cloud-synced growth data, live camera feeds and a smartphone app that monitors and controls light levels inside the container anytime, anywhere, the students will get hands-on experience planting and harvesting lettuce, and Campus Dining will use the fresh produce to feed the student body. Stony Brook University is the first higher education campus to offer students a hydroponic Freight Farm.

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Rural Mainstreet Index Falls to Growth Neutral for August

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A monthly survey of independent bankers in a 10-state region indicates slower economic growth in the months ahead.

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Pliable Plant Virus, a Major Cause of Crop Damage, Yields Its Secrets After 75+ Years

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Edward H. Egelman, PhD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, has used the Titan Krios microscope to determine the structure of the bamboo mosaic virus, a flexible filamentous virus that has eluded researchers for decades.

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Grape Waste Could Make Competitive Biofuel

The solid waste left over from wine-making could make a competitive biofuel, University of Adelaide researchers have found.

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UF/IFAS Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide Now Online

Visitors to the site can find 104 publications supporting the ratings in the guide and can conduct queries of the rootstock information. The information and tools let you make informed citrus rootstock selections for your groves.