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Soils Support Health

Healthy soils mean healthy food, protects human health

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Citrus Greening Bacterium Changes the Behavior of Bugs to Promote Its Own Spread

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The disease that threatens to destroy Florida’s $10.7 billion citrus industry appears to have its own mechanism to promote its spread, making it harder to control.

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Tiny Grains of Rice Hold Big Promise for Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Bioenergy

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Rice is the staple food for more than half of the world’s population, but the paddies it’s grown in contributes up to 17 percent of global methane emissions -- about 100 million tons a year. Now, with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane, more starch for a richer food source and biomass for energy production, as announced in the July 30 edition of Nature and online.

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World’s Largest Climate Research Site Pilots Integrated Modeling

The next generation of equipment is coming to the world’s largest climate research facility, the Southern Great Plains (SGP) field measurement site near Lamont, Oklahoma, which is managed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

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UF/IFAS Researcher Finds Way to Cut Cost, Save Water and Help the Environment by Changing One Simple Thing

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Not only did the tall narrow rows grow the same amount of vegetables, they retained more fertilizers – reducing what would have leached into groundwater – and they would need half the amount of water. In addition, he cut fumigation rates for pests by as much as 50 percent.

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Improving Cold-Hardy Grape Varieties

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The French have spent centuries developing grapes with the unique flavor and character of Burgundy region wines. Cold-climate grape producers are counting on science to help shorten that process. Plant scientists Anne Fennell and Rhoda Burrows from South Dakota State University are part of the research team helping cold-climate grape growers carve a niche in the American wine industry through two U.S Department of Agriculture projects.

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UF/IFAS Study: Few Science Museums Use the Word “Agriculture” to Teach

Walk into a science museum, and you may read the words “paleontology” or “astronomy.” But you’re not likely to find the word “agriculture” in any science museum, even though many exhibits relate to agricultural content or practices. Katie Stofer found this gap when she surveyed 29 science museums in cities of all sizes across the U.S. Stofer hopes to help bridge that gap.

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New Study: Consumers Don't View GMO Labels as Negative 'Warnings'

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A new study released just days after the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredients.

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UF/IFAS Researchers Use Pigs to Root Out Problem Weeds

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Back before chemical pesticides and herbicides, farmers had to come up with ways to kill the weeds that took over their fields. One method used “back in the day” was letting pigs loose in fields that were not being used for crops for a season and allowing the pigs to do what they do naturally: dig up the roots of weeds and fertilize the land.

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Researchers Discover Simple Solution to Worrying Levels of Arsenic in Our Rice

New research from Queen's University Belfast, UK, shows that cooking rice with a percolation-based system removes up to 85% of inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen