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Pangolins in Trouble, Cash for Carbon, Flood Forecasting, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

The latest research on the environment in the Environmental Science News Source

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Biological and Environmental Research, biological and environmental sciences, Biofuel, Biofuels, Biodiesel, biodiesel fuel, Diesel, diesel fuel, MIT, Nature Biotechnology, Lipid, Lipid Biology, Yarrowia lipolytica, Yeast, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Yeasts, Yeast Cells, FUEL, Microbial, Microbes, Microorganism, Microorganisms, Lipids, Biology (Biochem

Scientists Program Yeast to Turn Plant Sugars into Biodiesel

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Redox metabolism was engineered in Yarrowia lipolytica to increase the availability of reducing molecules needed for lipid production.

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Pulses, root rot, crop breeding, dried bean, Disease Resistance, Food Security

Kidney Beans with Better Roots, Better Yield

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Two new varieties of kidney beans – Talon and Rosie – have recently been released. Both show improved resistance to root diseases that commonly cause crop loss.

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Japanese beetles, Entomology, Invasive Species, invasive animals

Beetle Mania: Japanese Beetles Feasting on Trees, Plants Around Midwest

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Swarms of the insect have descended broadly across the region and that delicate leaf-cutting they practice is making some trees and other plants in the area look as if it’s November rather than mid-July.

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Bioenergy, Biology, Biofuel, Bioproduct, Bioeconomy, Biobased, Feedstock, Biomass, Lignin, Encironment, Plants, Cellulosic biofuel

DOE Funds Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL to Accelerate Biofuels, Bioproducts Research

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The DOE has announced funding for new research centers to accelerate the development of specialty plants and processes for a new generation of biofuels and bioproducts.

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Biomass, Biomass Conversion, Biological and Environmental Research, biological and environmental sciences, BioEnergy Science Center, Bioenergy Research Center, Grass, Bioenergy, Switchgrass, Plants, Biotechnology for Biofuels , Lignocellulose, Lignocellulose Degradation, recalcitrance, Biofuel, Biofuel Production, Biofuels, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energ

Loosening of Lignocellulose: Switchgrass and Success in Sugar Release

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Using a genetically modified line of switchgrass, scientists reduced plant cell wall recalcitrance while increasing sugar release over three generations.

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drought resistance, drought tolerance, Drought, Plant Science, Arabidopsis, Iowa State University

Plant Scientists Explore the Balance Between Growth and Drought Response in Latest Publication

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Iowa State University scientists are untangling the complex genetic mechanisms that control growth and stress response in plants. A recently published paper from the researchers identifies a group of proteins that may be of interest to plant breeders eager for crop varieties that will withstand dry conditions.

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Bioenergy, Plant Biology

Danforth Center Study Lays Foundation of Multi-Environment Quantitative Studies

In a paper published today in PLOS Genetics researchers conducted a high-throughput phenotyping experiment to map genes that regulate plant height in the model bioenergy grass Setaria.

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Caterpillars, Insects, Cannibalism, Plants, Food

Plants Under Attack Can Turn Hungry Caterpillars Into Cannibals

When does a (typically) vegetarian caterpillar become a cannibalistic caterpillar, even when there is still plenty of plant left to eat? When the tomato plant it’s feeding on makes cannibalism the best option. “It often starts with one caterpillar biting another one in the rear, which then oozes. And it goes downhill from there,” says University of Wisconsin–Madison integrated biology Professor John Orrock.

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Wheat, mold, Spores, Agriculture, Plant Sciences, Crops

UK’s Farman Is Co-Author of Important Wheat Disease Study

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A University of Kentucky plant pathologist is part of an international team of researchers who have uncovered an important link to a disease which left unchecked could prove devastating to wheat.







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