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Breeding Soybeans That Can Tolerate Heat, Drought

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Hot, dry conditions can wreak havoc on a field of soybeans. Assistant professor Jai Rohila of the South Dakota State University Biology and Microbiology Department is uncovering the molecular mechanisms that lead to drought and heat tolerance. This will help breeders develop soybean varieties that can survive heat and drought. To do this, he is working with University of Minnesota soybean breeder Jim Orf, who provided Rohila with two varieties of soybeans, one that has greater tolerance to hot, dry conditions, and another that is susceptible.

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Reducing Water Scarcity Possible by 2050

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It is possible to significantly reduce water scarcity in just over 35 years, according to researchers from McGill University and Utrecht University. They outline strategies in six key areas that they believe can be combined in different ways in different parts of the world to effectively reduce water stress by 2050.

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Southwest May Face ‘Megadrought’ This Century

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Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a “megadrought” – one that lasts over 30 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century.

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Drought Contributed to Typhus Epidemics in Mexico from 1655 to 1918, Study Shows

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Epidemiological data integrated with climate data estimated from tree-ring measurements indicate that drought contributed to the spread of epidemic typhus in Mexico during the pre-modern era (1655 to 1918).

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California Drought Similar To Historic Drought In Texas, Says Texas A&M Expert

The worst drought ever to hit California could rival the historic 2011 drought that devastated Texas, says a Texas A&M University professor.

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Drought a Sign of the Future

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Calif. Drought: Options Available, but Financial Impact Looms

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Drought and Drowning Equal Vulture Supermarket

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Researchers have discovered that vultures, rather than aggregating where animals are most abundant as previously thought, instead focus on areas and conditions where animals are most likely to die.

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What's Behind Rising Food Prices, Beyond the U.S. Drought

Although many U.S. consumers were alarmed to see news reports this summer of droughts leaving shriveled crops dying in the fields, John Stanton, Ph.D., professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, warns other factors will have a greater effect on Americans’ wallets. “Price increases from the droughts are likely to have short-term effects, but global issues can have a longer and greater impact,” Stanton explains, citing increasing demand from the rest of the world for crops like corn.

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Test of Tolerance: Diversity Keeps Grasslands Resilient to Drought, Climate Change

Study finds grasslands should come out as the winner with increased periods and intensity of drought predicted in the future.

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