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Transforming Biochar Into Activated Carbon

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It’s about transforming corn stover, dried distillers grain solids and even native grasses into a product more than 1,000 times more valuable—graphene. Assistant professor Zhengrong Gu of the South Dakota State University agricultural and biosystems engineering department is converting biochar into graphene which he hopes can one day be used in place of expensive, activated carbon to coat the electrodes of supercapacitors.

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MSU Sesame Test Plots Back Growing Interest

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Mississippi State University is collecting data to support the production of a crop that is new to the state -- sesame. Existing grower information is limited, but interest in the crop is growing.

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Pilotless Aircraft Will Play Critical Roles in Precision Agriculture

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Article outlines many of the potential roles drones can play in university research, and the advantages they can offer in speed, cost and data collection.

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Got Bees? Got Vitamin A? Got Malaria?

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A new study shows that more than half the people in some developing countries could become newly at risk for malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals — like bees — continue to decline.

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Environmental Scientists Find Antibiotics, Bacteria, Resistance Genes in Dust from Feedlots

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Researchers beginning to understand how antibiotic-resistant bacteria travel aerially.

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One Fish, Two Fish ─ Camera Counts Freshwater Fish, Which Could Help Combat Hydrilla

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A former UF/IFAS graduate student drains ponds to verify fish counted on video. This leads to findings that can help fisheries managers control the invasive hydrilla.

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Predators, Parasites, Pests and the Paradox of Biological Control

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When a bird swoops down and grabs a caterpillar devouring your backyard garden, you might view it as a clear victory for natural pest control.

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Humanity Has Exceeded 4 of 9 ‘Planetary Boundaries,’ According to Researchers

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An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a “safe operating space.” Civilization has crossed four of nine so-called planetary boundaries as the result of human activity, according to a report published today in Science by the 18-member research team.

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Wheat Yield to Decline as Temperatures Increase

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- For every degree Celsius that the temperature increases, the world stands to lose 6 percent of its wheat crop, according to a new global study led by a University of Florida scientist. That’s one fourth of the annual global wheat trade, which reached 147 million tons in 2013.

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UF/IFAS Study: Wheat Yield to Decline as Temperatures Increase

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Production of wheat, one of the world's most important food crops, will decline as temperatures increase, a finding made possible by pooling computer models worldwide, in a study led by a UF/IFAS researcher.