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HEMP, cropping systems, Agriculture, agricultural innovation, Fiber, crop productivity

Multi-Disciplinary Innovation for Fiber Topic of Symposium

High value cropping systems to be discussed

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Plant Biology, Plant Development, Plant hormones, Crop engineering, Yeast, Plant Genetics

Researchers Modify Yeast to Show How Plants Respond to a Key Hormone

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Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a novel toolkit based on modified yeast cells to tease out how plant genes and proteins respond to auxin, the most ubiquitous plant hormone. Their system allowed them to decode auxin's basic effects on a diverse family of plant genes.

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winter wheat breeding, yield gains, Disease Resistance, Oahe winter wheat, South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota Wheat Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Wheat Barley Scab Initiative, South Dakota State University

New Winter Wheat Variety Offers High Yields, Disease Resistance

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High yields and an excellent disease resistance package—these are qualities producers can expect from Oahe, the new winter wheat cultivar released by the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. From 2013 to 2015, Oahe ranked No. 1 in mean grain yield among hard red winter wheat trials in the North Regional Performance Nurseries, which has test plots from northern Kansas through Montana and into Canada.

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Agriculture, Farmers, Fungal Infections, millet, Africa, South Asia, Plant Science

U of G Discovery May Benefit Farmers Worldwide

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University of Guelph plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of subsistence farmers and livestock in developing countries.

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Agriculture, Climate Change, carbon, Carbon Sequestration, Greenhouse Gas, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Counting Carbon on the Farm Topic of Symposium

Several solutions adaptable by agricultural systems to be discussed

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How a Native Plant Ended Up on Reality TV, and Why It’s at Risk

In one of television’s more bizarre recent offerings, the History Channel show “Appalachian Outlaws” follows a band of West Virginians as they hunt rugged forests for American ginseng, a medicinal root worth hundreds of dollars per pound. The show has high stakes: These men poach on federal lands, risking fines and jail time, and guard private patches with shotguns and homemade land mines. Most of them are out of work, out of savings and worried about paying for food and heat. Ginseng gives them a way to get by.

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Fralin Life Science Institute, CRISPR-Cas9, PLoS ONE

New Study of CRISPR-Cas9 Technology Shows Potential to Improve Crop Efficiency

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A team's finding that CRISPR-Cas9 is a reliable method for multi-gene editing of this particular plant species was published in PLOS ONE on Sept. 13.

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UF/IFAS Report: Florida Agriculture, Natural Resources Employment Up 29 Percent in 13 Years

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About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in Florida's agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers from 2013, and nearly 29 percent from 2001.

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MARS, Space, space habitation, mars habitation, pedology, astropedology, Extraterrestrial Life, Extraterrestrial, effects of gravity on plants, Gravity, Space Travel, Agriculture, Crop Science, Soil Science

Space Agriculture Topic of Symposium

New frontiers of soil and plant sciences may grow crops in space

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intercropping, Legume, Grass, Forage, crop failure

Intercropping: Intersection of Soil Health, Production

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Plant diversity in intercropping leads to more diversity below ground too. Researchers work to find the right combination for optimal crop and soil performance.

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Long-term data, vegetation change, landscape change

3-D Animated Video Simulates Landscape Changes Over 150 Years

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A college student designed a 3-D animated video that simulates landscape and vegetation changes on New Mexico’s Jornada Basin from the 1850s to the present.

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Climate Change, Crops, Wheat, Maize, rice, University of Birmingham, UK, Dr Tom Pugh

Climate Change Means Land Use Will Need to Change to Keep Up with Global Food Demand, Say Scientists

A team of researchers led by the University of Birmingham warns that without significant improvements in technology, global crop yields are likely to fall in the areas currently used for production of the world’s three major cereal crops, forcing production to move to new areas.

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salt tolerance, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, salt transport, sodium transport, Agriculture, Crops

Breakthrough in Salt-Tolerance in Plants Research

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University of Adelaide researchers have made a breakthrough in investigating salt tolerance in plants which could lead to new salt tolerant varieties of crops, and also answer unresolved questions in plant biology.

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Crops, Nutrition, Environment, novel crops, smallholder farms, biotic stress, abiotic stress, ancient crops, heirloom plants

Novel Crops Topic of Symposium

Although small in acreage planted, they have high nutritional and environmental value

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natural resource management, NASA satellite-based Earth imaging data, SERVIR, South Dakota State University, Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, West Africa, forest ecology, grasslands vegetation

New SERVIR Hub to Help Manage Natural Resources in West Africa

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The applied science team for the recently established SERVIR West Africa will develop tools to use NASA satellite-based Earth imaging data to monitor natural resources. The first priorities are critical regional issues, such as food security, water resources and land use change, in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Senegal. Professor Michael Wimberly will utilize Landsat images to track the changes in forest reserves, while professor Niall Hanan will use Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, images to evaluate grazing lands.

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Microbes Help Plants Survive in Severe Drought

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Plants can better tolerate drought and other stressors with the help of natural microbes, University of Washington research has found. Specifically, plants that are given a dose of microbes stay green longer and are able to withstand drought conditions by growing more leaves and roots and using less water.

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CORN, Maize, Genetics

Iowa State University Scientist Helps to Reach Back Through Centuries of Cultivation to Track How Corn Adapted to Different Elevations and Environments

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An Iowa State University scientist is exploring the adaptations that have allowed corn to be cultivated in a wide range of elevations and environments across the Americas. Comparing corn varieties adapted to low elevations with those adapted to high elevations reveals some striking differences and could help plant breeders develop varieties more resistant to environmental stresses.

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Gardening as a Child May Lead College Students to Eat More Veggies

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As researchers nationwide try to get college students to eat healthier foods, they’re finding that gardening may lead to a lasting habit of eating more fruits and vegetables.

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Drought, arid, arid climates, Arid Lands, arid southwest, Agriculture, Sustainability, Resilience, Resilience Policy, greywater, Water Resources, brackish water, Rainwater, Climate Change, Water Scarcity, Agroecology, agroecosystems

Lecture to Discuss Ag Innovations in Arid Regions

Unleashing the creativity of farmers and agroecologists

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Agri Business, Agriculture, Agriculture (Food/Food Science), Watermelon, Produce, Marketing, Preservation, Farming

'Preserved Farmland': The New Buzzword in Produce Marketing

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Researchers at the University of Delaware studied the behavior of watermelon consumers and found that participants were more willing to pay a premium for watermelons labeled as grown on preserved farmland — as opposed to fruit bearing no label.







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