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Forbidden Fruit a Fatal Temptation for Grizzly Bears in Southeastern British Columbia: Human Settlement and Abundant Fruit Create Ecological Trap for the Apex Omnivore

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With its rustic small mountain towns, postcard-perfect vistas, and abundance of “pow” days, British Columbia’s East Kootenay region has an undeniable lure for outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties—and the appeal extends beyond ski bums and hikers. The resource-rich Elk Valley (including the towns of Jaffray, Fernie, Elkford, and Sparwood) is also a highly desirable home for wildlife like grizzly bears which are drawn to the area’s bountiful fruit supply.

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HEMP, cropping systems, Agriculture, agricultural innovation, Fiber, crop productivity

Multi-Disciplinary Innovation for Fiber Topic of Symposium

High value cropping systems to be discussed

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Plant Biology, Plant Development, Plant hormones, Crop engineering, Yeast, Plant Genetics

Researchers Modify Yeast to Show How Plants Respond to a Key Hormone

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Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a novel toolkit based on modified yeast cells to tease out how plant genes and proteins respond to auxin, the most ubiquitous plant hormone. Their system allowed them to decode auxin's basic effects on a diverse family of plant genes.

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Conservation, conservation corridor, Biodiversity

Optimization Technique Identifies Cost-Effective Biodiversity Corridors

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A new optimization technique could help conservation biologists choose the most cost-effective ways of connecting isolated populations of rare, threatened and endangered species living in protected areas.

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Missing Fish Catch Data? Not Necessarily a Problem, New Study Says

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A new study by University of Washington scientists finds that in many cases, misreporting caught fish doesn’t always translate to overfishing. The study was published online this month in the journal Fish and Fisheries.

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Texas Tech University, Climate Science, President Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, White House, Climate Change, Politico, Sierra Club, Public Broadcasting System

Katharine Hayhoe Talks Climate Change with President Obama and Leonardo DiCaprio, Accepts Awards, Kicks Off New PBS Series

One of the world’s leading climate scientists talks about her passion with the President of the United States and one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in front of millions of people on the heels of yet another major honor and the premiere of her new PBS Digital Series.

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Climate, Carbon Cycle, Carbon flux

Longest Record of Continuous Carbon Flux Data is Now Publicly Available

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The FLUXNET collaboration's most recent data release includes some of the longest continuous records of ecosystem data ever taken. The information has undergone extensive quality checks and is now publicly available for download, thanks partly to tools developed by Berkeley Lab scientists.

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Consistency Builds Cohesion in the Animal Kingdom

Oscar Wilde may have considered consistency “the last refuge of the unimaginative” in human behaviour, but when it comes to fish, the element of predictability is critical. Such are the findings of new research led by the University of Bristol, which reveals that fish with consistent personalities are more successful in social groups and better at helping to build tighter shoals.

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EU, LNG, Sustainable Energy, liquefied natural gas, shale gas, European parliament, EU parliament, Cop21, Greenhouse Gas, methane emissions, Energy, European Commission, Climate Change

EU Should Skip LNG’s ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ and Leap to Sustainable Energy

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Self-Charging Fish Tags, A Promising Alternative to Silicon, Hints About Color of Extinct Animals, and More in the DOE Science News Source

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World's Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector, What to Expect From the Coming Quantum Era and More in the Physics News Source Sponsored by AIP

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Life in Ancient Oceans Enabled by Erosion From Land

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As scientists continue finding evidence for life in the ocean more than 3 billion years ago, those ancient fossils pose a paradox that raises questions about whether there was more land mass than previously thought.

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Powered for Life: Self-Charging Tag Tracks Fish as Long as They Swim

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A self-powered fish-tracking tag uses a flexible strip containing piezoelectric materials to emit tiny beeps that are recorded by underwater microphones. The device is designed for longer-living fish such as sturgeon, eels and lamprey.

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winter wheat breeding, yield gains, Disease Resistance, Oahe winter wheat, South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota Wheat Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Wheat Barley Scab Initiative, South Dakota State University

New Winter Wheat Variety Offers High Yields, Disease Resistance

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High yields and an excellent disease resistance package—these are qualities producers can expect from Oahe, the new winter wheat cultivar released by the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. From 2013 to 2015, Oahe ranked No. 1 in mean grain yield among hard red winter wheat trials in the North Regional Performance Nurseries, which has test plots from northern Kansas through Montana and into Canada.

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Rising Ocean Temperatures Threaten Baby Lobsters

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If water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine rise a few degrees by end of the century, it could mean trouble for lobsters and the industry they support. That’s according to newly published research conducted at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

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Agriculture, Farmers, Fungal Infections, millet, Africa, South Asia, Plant Science

U of G Discovery May Benefit Farmers Worldwide

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University of Guelph plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of subsistence farmers and livestock in developing countries.

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Agriculture, Climate Change, carbon, Carbon Sequestration, Greenhouse Gas, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Counting Carbon on the Farm Topic of Symposium

Several solutions adaptable by agricultural systems to be discussed

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Penguins, evolution, Birds, Natural Selection

How Natural Selection Acted on One Penguin Species Over the Past Quarter Century

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University of Washington biologist Dee Boersma and her colleagues combed through 28 years' worth of data on Magellanic penguins to search for signs that natural selection — one of the main drivers of evolution — may be acting on certain penguin traits.

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Rowan Engineering CREATEs Solutions to Roadway Problems

Rowan University's new CREATEs facility will address transportation issues regionally and nationally.

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UF/IFAS Uses Wasps to Monitor Exotic Joro Spider

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University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are reaching out to citizen scientists to find nests of the black and yellow mud dauber wasp in northeastern Georgia.







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