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University of Vienna, Nature Biotechnology, Cereal, heat and drought, Pearl millet, Genome Sequence, extreme environments, Wolfram Weckwerth, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), C4 plant, Africa, Asia, Harvest

A Cereal Survives Heat and Drought

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An international consortium under the lead of the non-profit organization "International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics" (ICRISAT) and participation of a research team around the system biologist Wolfram Weckwerth has published the genome sequence of Pearl millet, a drought resistant crop plant most important in aride regions in Africa and Asia. This so-called C4 plant is especially important to small and medium farmers who grow the plant without larger irrigation. Pearl millet delivers a good harvest index under drought and heat conditions when rice, maize or wheat already have no grains anymore.

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Kansas State University, K-State, KSU, Keith Gido, fish, Aquatic, Streams, Drought, Ecology, Groundwater

Fish Out of Water: Loss of 350 Miles of Great Plains Streams Causing Changes in Aquatic Food Web

A decrease in Great Plains streams, fed by decreasing ground water, is changing fish assembles according to research published Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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UF Experts Suggest Ways to Save Water During Drought

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Extension experts can provide an irrigation audit, which will help you troubleshoot spots where perhaps the sprinklers are not wetting the soil uniformly. It may be tempting to run the sprinklers more often when we see dry spots in the lawn, but the problem may be more related to how uniformly the sprinkler heads are covering the lawn than to the amount of time they run.

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Scientists Link Recent California Droughts and Floods to Distinctive Atmospheric Waves

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Upper atmosphere pattern may open window to long-term prediction

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MSU’s Vahedifard Examines ‘Lessons From the Oroville Dam’ in Science

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A letter in Science magazine from a Mississippi State faculty member is examining lessons gleaned from the recent Oroville dam incident in California.

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How Much Drought Can a Forest Take?

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Aerial tree mortality surveys show patterns of tree death during extreme drought.

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California No Longer in Drought, Says UC Davis Watershed Expert

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Game Theory, tragedy of the commons, Drought

Game Theory Shows How Tragedies of the Commons Might be Averted

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Lake Lanier in Georgia is the primary water reservoir serving suburban and metropolitan Atlanta. When the lake’s water level drops below a certain point, calls go out for water conservation and news reports show images of the red mud shoreline. In some affected counties, water restrictions are imposed. The combination of usage restrictions and changes in precipitation eventually averts the crisis. But, when the crisis ends, water usage rebounds – until the next shortage.

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Soil Moisture, Snowpack Data Could Help Predict 'Flash Droughts'

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Severe 2012 drought could have been predicted months in advance.

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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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