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Trauma in a Bee

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Entomologists of the universities of Jena and Kiel shed light on bizarre mating mechanisms of native twisted-winged parasites.

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Nanoparticles Present Sustainable Way to Grow Food Crops

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Scientists are working diligently to prepare for the expected increase in global population — and therefore an increased need for food production— in the coming decades. A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has found a sustainable way to boost the growth of a protein-rich bean by improving the way it absorbs much-needed nutrients.

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UF CALS Students Earn Top Honors at Annual Banquet

Students who earned honors from the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at its April 14 banquet show exemplary scholarship, leadership and commitment to the community.

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Crop Advances Grow with Protection

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A team of researchers examined the impact of intellectual property protection of seeds in a new study. They found intellectual property protection benefits both plant breeders and society.

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Agricultural Communications Project Aims to Develop Critical Thinkers

Professor Courtney Meyers is part of a USDA project with two other universities that will utilize case studies to increase students’ critical thinking skills.

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First Multi-Year Study of Honey Bee Parasites and Disease Reveals Troubling Trends

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Honey bee colonies in the United States are in decline, due in part to the ill effects of voracious mites, fungal gut parasites and a wide variety of debilitating viruses. Researchers from the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently completed the first comprehensive, multi-year study of honey bee parasites and disease as part of the National Honey Bee Disease Survey. The findings reveal some alarming patterns, but provide at least a few pieces of good news as well.

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Students Grow Tiger Gardens at Clemson in Quest to Fight Obesity

A group of Clemson University students believes everyone should have access to healthy foods. The students are developing Tiger Gardens to demonstrate how healthy vegetables can be grown anywhere, even on concrete.

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The Origin of Wheat

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This latest IWGSC infographic illustrates the origin of today's wheat used to make bread and pasta (and other delicious wheat-based foods).

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Conservation Alliance to Focus on Peruvian Amazon Deforestation

CINCIA will serve as an international hub for Peruvian and foreign scientists and affiliates to collaborate on critical priorities in Madre de Dios – restoration and reforestation, the reduction of human health threats from environmental mercury, detection of deforestation threats, and sustainability.

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21st Century Farming Technology Takes Top Prize at Entrepreneurship Competition

A futuristic farming model that uses 90 percent less water and 80 percent less fertilizer than traditional farms by HomeGrown Farms won first place at this year’s New Venture Competition sponsored by the George Washington University.

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UF/IFAS Research May Give New Hope to Expanding Avocado Production

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The contributions to avocado research are suggesting that some Hass-like avocado selections may be grown under Florida conditions and provide attractive options for growers, said Mark Ritenour, UF/IFAS associate professor of horticulture.

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Hamburg, Shalala, Glickman Headline Food Law Conference at Georgetown University

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Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Clinton Foundation President and former U.S. Secretary of Health Donna E. Shalala, and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman headline a unique conference focused on food issues, “Vote Food 2016: Better Food, Better Health,” on June 3 in Washington, DC. Registration is now open.

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Farming Amoebae Carry Around Detoxifying Food

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Humans aren’t the only farmers out there. Five years ago, the Queller-Strassmann lab at Rice University, now at Washington University in St. Louis, demonstrated that the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum — affectionately nicknamed “Dicty” — can maintain a crop of food bacteria from generation to generation, giving these farmers an advantage when food is scarce.

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How Science Informs Local and Global Health Policy

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The iCOMOS conference is a global forum to communicate the importance of science in solving pressing health issues at the interface of humans, animals and the environment.

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Engineers Collaborate on $4.75 Million Blueberry Harvesting Project

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The United States produced more than 500 million pounds of blueberries with a farm gate value of $860 million in 2011, making the it the largest blueberry-producing country, accounting for almost two-thirds of the world’s production.4/21/2016UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Industrial engineers from Penn State are part of a nine-university, four-year, $4.

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International Conference Spotlights Improving Global Human, Animal and Ecosystem Health

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Scientists, environmentalists, human and animal health professionals economists, ethics and public health specialists will gather to explore the science behind One Health-- and issues of importance to animal, human and environmental health throughout the world.

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Plant Signals Travel Different Routes to Turn on Defense

Faced with a pathogen, important signaling chemicals within plant cells travel different routes to inform the plant to turn on its defense mechanisms, according to a recent University of Kentucky study.

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UF/IFAS Researchers Try to Expand Muscadine Grape Market

Muscadine grapes are grown only in the South and are not very well known in other parts of the country, said UF/IFAS Professor Charles Sims said. Apparently, more consumers are apt to buy muscadine grapes if they know about them, at least according to a recent UF/IFAS experiment.

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Mystery Solved: Traits Identified for Why Certain Chemicals Reach Toxic Levels in Food Webs

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Researchers have figured out what makes certain chemicals accumulate to toxic levels in aquatic food webs. And, scientists have developed a screening technique to determine which chemicals pose the greatest risk to the environment.