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Tulane Researcher Finds Profound Improvements in Soil Lead Levels Following Katrina

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 11 years ago, but the storm’s legacy may have a silver lining: reduced levels of lead in soil across the city.

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Louisiana Tech University Uses Underground Radar to Locate Post-Katrina Damage

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RUSTON, La. - An innovative underground radar technology developed at Louisiana Tech University is helping the City of Slidell in south Louisiana to identify and document underground infrastructure damage that had gone undetected in the months and years following Hurricane Katrina.

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Drought, wastewater recycling, wastewater treatment, Agriculture, irrigated agriculture

Blending Wastewater May Help California Cope with Drought

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Researchers at UC Riverside have developed an economic model that demonstrates how flexible wastewater treatment processes which blend varying levels of treated effluent can create a water supply that benefits crops and is affordable.

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Biofuels Are Not Carbon Neutral, Predicting Jellyfish, Health Issues From Fracking, and More in the Environment News Source

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Climate Change, Global Warming, Biofuels, Ethanol, Energy, FUEL, Agriculture, Enviroment

Study: Biofuels Increase, Rather Than Decrease, Heat-Trapping Carbon Dioxide Emissions

A new study from University of Michigan researchers challenges the widely held assumption that biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are inherently carbon neutral.

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Ranchers, Invasive Plant Species, department of agriculture, Research, weed management, bioeconomic model, economic consequences, field experiments, weed species, harmful chemicals

Wichita State University Invasive Species Research Will Aid Kansas Ranchers

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Two Wichita State University professors are conducting research on an invasive plant species to assist Kansas ranchers in their practices.

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Pulses, peas, winter hardiness, cover crop, International Year of Pulses

Winter Pulse, Spring Harvest

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Pulses, and in this case dry peas, are a flexible crop with many benefits. They work well for growers when rotated with other crops, delivering long-term benefits to the soil. They are wide adaptable for various rainfall zones. And, this new research shows they can even be planted in fall, a time when growers often have time for field work.

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‘Local Food Opinion Leaders’ Can Help Bridge Gap Between Farmers, Consumers

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As consumers increasingly desire local food, opinion leaders can encourage others to eat healthier food and, in doing so, improve the local economy, according to new University of Florida Food and Agricultural Sciences research.

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Molecular Signature Shows Plants Are Adapting to Increasing Atmospheric CO2

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Plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric CO2 according to a new study from the University of Southampton. The research provides insight into the long-term impacts of rising CO2 and the implications for global food security and nature conservation.

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Scientists to Study How Rice Adapts in Salty Soil Under $4 Million NSF Grant

A team of scientists will study the response of rice, a food staple for half the world’s population, in saline soil conditions under a four-year, $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research Program.

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Genome Sequencing May Help Avert Banana Armageddon

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in the Netherlands have discovered how three fungal diseases have evolved into a lethal threat to the world’s bananas.

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PIG, Swine, swine disease, HOG, hog management, pork, Vaccinate, Veterinary Medicine

Vaccine Developed for Devastating Pig Virus

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University of Saskatchewan scientists at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization International Vaccine Centre have developed and tested a prototype vaccine against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) which has so far killed more than eight million pigs and cost more than $400 million in lost income since 2013.

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Edible Food Packaging Made From Milk Proteins (Video)

At the grocery store, most foods — meats, breads, cheeses, snacks — come wrapped in plastic packaging. Not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, but thin plastic films are not great at preventing spoilage. And some plastics are suspected of leaching potentially harmful compounds into food. To address these issues, scientists are now developing a packaging film made of milk proteins — and it is even edible.

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From White House to Tacoma, WA, Urban Agriculture Is Growing

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University of Washington professor Sally Brown and collaborators have published the most extensive compilation to date explaining how to grow urban agriculture, and how doing so could save American cities.

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What’s Easier: Turning Off Water Indoors or Outside?

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Apparently, it’s more convenient to Florida residents to save water while brushing their teeth than to cut back on lawn irrigation, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences report.

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Tomato, Tomato Plant, Tomatoes, Food, Local Farmers

Texas Tomato Growers Slicing Into Vegetable Market with Fresh Fruit All Fall

Tomatoes are the Type B’s of the vegetable world: Laid-back, creative, collaborative.

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Avian, Agriculture (Food/Food Science), Agriculture, Farming, Chicken, chicken breast, Animal, Agricultural, Disease, Farm Animals, wooden floors

Axing Wooden Chicken Syndrome

Wooden breast syndrome can affect broiler chickens, making the meat hard and chewy, rendering the birds unmarketable. University of Delaware researchers are working to combat the disease that afflicts chicken bound for your dinner table.

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Soybean, Kudzu, Insect, pest, Gene, wild relative, Resistance, soy

Sayonara, Kudzu Bug?

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A few strains of wild soy are able to fight the kudzu bug by limiting the ability of its nymphs, or young, to survive. The next step is to identify which gene gives the soybeans this defense mechanism.

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Strawberries, Agriculture, methyl bromide, pest management

What Will California’s Strawberry Industry Do Without Methyl Bromide?

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2016 is the final year for the soil fumigant to be used in California crop fields.

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NewLeaf Symbiotics, Plant Science, Sustainable Agriculture

NewLeaf Symbiotics Secures Key Patents in Europe and Japan

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Both Markets Are Eager for Sustainable Agriculture Solutions







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