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Released: 14-Jun-2021 3:00 PM EDT
New Hops Breeding Program Will Grow, Develop Signature NY Varieties
Cornell University

A $300,000 investment from New York state has paved the way for a new hops breeding program at Cornell AgriTech, which will grow and develop signature New York hops varieties – selected for high yield, preferred flavors and disease resistance – in support of the state’s $3.4 billion craft brewing industry.

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Released: 11-Jun-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Decoded genome of little-known disease offers hope for citrus
University of California, Riverside

Scientists are hoping the RNA of an obscure infection can one day be used like a Trojan horse to deliver life-saving treatments to citrus trees.

Newswise: The Inner Workings of the Root Microbiome
Released: 11-Jun-2021 12:10 PM EDT
The Inner Workings of the Root Microbiome
Department of Energy, Office of Science

: The soil surrounding and including the roots of plants is a hotspot for bacteria that help plants resist infections, survive drought, and take up nutrients. However, scientists did not fully understand how bacteria assist plants. A new study provides new insights into the spots on roots where bacteria attach. This could help scientists understand and control how plants and bacteria interact.

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Released: 10-Jun-2021 3:40 PM EDT
Regional Partnership Takes a Chance on New York Chickpeas
Cornell University

A Schuyler County-Cornell pilot project could help New York farmers diversify their crops and give regional food manufacturers a cost-effective source for the popular legume.

Newswise: Losing Nature Impacts Black, Hispanic, and Low-Income Americans Most
8-Jun-2021 5:10 PM EDT
Losing Nature Impacts Black, Hispanic, and Low-Income Americans Most
University of Vermont

When nature vanishes, people of color and low-income Americans disproportionally lose critical environmental and health benefits--including air quality, crop productivity and disease control--a new study in Nature Communications finds.

Newswise: Measuring Impact of Double- Cropping
Released: 9-Jun-2021 9:55 AM EDT
Measuring Impact of Double- Cropping
University of Delaware

A new study published in Nature Food quantifies for the first time the impact that double-cropping had on helping Brazil achieve its national grain boom. The University of Delaware's Jing Gao was a co-author on the study that included collaborators from institutions in China and Brazil.

Newswise: Maximizing returns from double-crop soybean
Released: 9-Jun-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Maximizing returns from double-crop soybean
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Updated research will help farmers choose maturity group and seeding rate for double-crop soybeans

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Released: 9-Jun-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Bronx Educator Named National Life Group "LifeChanger of the Year" Award Winner
Green Bronx Machine

Stephen Ritz, founder of Green Bronx Machine and the National Health, Wellness, and Learning Center at CS 55, has been selected as a 2020-21 national LifeChanger of the Year award winner.

Newswise: In quest to end hunger, Green Bronx Machine welcomes U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern to CS55
Released: 8-Jun-2021 6:00 AM EDT
In quest to end hunger, Green Bronx Machine welcomes U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern to CS55
Green Bronx Machine

United States Congressman James P. McGovern (MA-02), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, visited Green Bronx Machine and its founder Stephen Ritz at its headquarters yesterday at the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in the Bronx.

Released: 7-Jun-2021 2:25 PM EDT
From farm to plate: Where do global consumer dollars flow?
Cornell University

A team of researchers, led by Cornell University professors Chris Barrett and Miguel Gómez, has developed the “Global Food Dollar” method, which distributes the consumer’s net purchasing dollar across all farm and post-farmgate activities.

Newswise: Sensing what plants sense: Integrated framework helps scientists explain biology and predict crop performance
Released: 7-Jun-2021 12:35 PM EDT
Sensing what plants sense: Integrated framework helps scientists explain biology and predict crop performance
Iowa State University

Scientists have invested great time and effort into making connections between a crop’s genotype and its phenotype. But environmental conditions play a role as well. Iowa State University researchers untangle those complex interactions with the help of advanced data analytics in a newly published study.

Newswise: Single gene boosts climate resilience, yield and carbon capture in crops
Released: 3-Jun-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Single gene boosts climate resilience, yield and carbon capture in crops
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a single gene that simultaneously boosts plant growth and tolerance for stresses such as drought and salt, all while tackling the root cause of climate change by enabling plants to pull more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Released: 3-Jun-2021 9:55 AM EDT
Report: Analysis of Baltimore City’s Urban Farms and Gardens Finds Safe Levels of Metals at Vast Majority of Sites
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A new report that examined soil, water, and produce from urban farms and gardens in Baltimore City found low levels of lead and other metals that pose no reason for concern at the majority of growing sites.

Released: 2-Jun-2021 10:10 AM EDT
Analysis reveals global 'hot spots' where new coronaviruses may emerge
University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley -- Global land-use changes -- including forest fragmentation, agricultural expansion and concentrated livestock production -- are creating "hot spots" favorable for bats that carry coronaviruses and where conditions are ripe for the diseases to jump from bats to humans, finds an analysis published this week by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, the Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan) and Massey University of New Zealand.

Newswise: Future Pandemic? Consider Radically Altering Animal Agriculture Practices
Released: 2-Jun-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Future Pandemic? Consider Radically Altering Animal Agriculture Practices
Florida Atlantic University

Almost three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases are spread between animals and people. COVID-19 is the latest and most impactful zoonotic event of the modern era. Researchers offer three plausible solutions to mitigate zoonotic risk associated with intensive animal agriculture. They explore incentivizing plant-based and cell-based animal source food alternatives through government subsidies, disincentivizing intensive animal source food production through the adoption of a “zoonotic tax,” and eliminating intensive animal source food production through a total ban.

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Released: 1-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Beer byproduct mixed with manure proves an excellent pesticide
Frontiers

The use of many chemical fumigants in agriculture have been demonstrated to be harmful to human health and the environment and therefore banned from use.

Released: 1-Jun-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Texas A&M AgriLife Research develops bacteriophage treatment for Pierce’s disease
Texas A&M AgriLife

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study has led to the discovery of the first curative and preventive bacteriophage treatment against the pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, which causes the deadly Pierce’s disease in grapevines.

Released: 1-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Is carbon the ‘crop’ of the future?
Texas A&M AgriLife

An increasing awareness and concern about the environment, changes in government policy, America’s re-entry into the Paris Agreement and a robust demand for carbon offsets all point toward an appetite for a different type of agricultural crop – carbon.

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Released: 28-May-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Green Bronx Machine’s Let’s Learn with Mister Ritz to Premiere on Bronxnet on June 1
Green Bronx Machine

Green Bronx Machine announced today a new partnership with BronxNet, a public affairs television station addressing the concerns, interests and cultures of the people of the Bronx, to bring episodes of Let’s Learn with Mister Ritz to its viewers starting on Tuesday, June 1.

Released: 27-May-2021 8:05 PM EDT
$1.5M gift will support grapevine research at Cornell AgriTech
Cornell University

An anonymous gift will improve grapevine health, quality, yields and profitability in the New York state wine and grape industry through the creation of a graduate student research fellowship program.

Released: 27-May-2021 7:05 PM EDT
Grant expands Cornell efforts to reach New York farmworkers
Cornell University

As COVID-19 bore down on New York state, the Cornell Farmworker Program used mobile phone technology to provide rapid guidance and clear health information in multiple languages to the state’s farmworkers. Now, new federal funding will expand the program and further integrate the initiative with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE).

Newswise: Pollen-sized technology protects bees from deadly insecticides
Released: 27-May-2021 7:05 PM EDT
Pollen-sized technology protects bees from deadly insecticides
Cornell University

A Cornell University-developed technology provides beekeepers, consumers and farmers with an antidote for deadly pesticides, which kill wild bees and cause beekeepers to lose around a third of their hives every year on average.

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Released: 27-May-2021 3:35 PM EDT
Fungus fights mites that harm honey bees
Washington State University

A new fungus strain could provide a chemical-free method for eradicating mites that kill honey bees, according to a study published this month in Scientific Reports.

25-May-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Mitigating emissions in the livestock production sector
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study shows that emission intensity per unit of animal protein produced has decreased globally over the past two decades due to greater production efficiency, raising questions around the extent to which methane emissions will change in the future and how we can better manage their negative impacts.

Newswise: Pollinating insects can help soybean yields
Released: 25-May-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Pollinating insects can help soybean yields
Iowa State University

Insects can help soybean yields by carrying out more effective pollination, according to a recently published study conducted by an international team of scientists. The study suggests introducing pollinator habitat to soybean fields may lead to production benefits, in addition to environmental advantages.

Released: 24-May-2021 10:05 PM EDT
A seedy slice of history: Watermelons actually came from northeast Africa
Washington University in St. Louis

Just in time for picnic-table trivia, a new study published rewrites the origins of domesticated watermelons.Using DNA from greenhouse-grown plants representing all species and hundreds of varieties of watermelon, scientists discovered that watermelons most likely came from wild crop progenitors in northeast Africa.

Released: 20-May-2021 1:45 PM EDT
New smartphone app predicts vineyard yields earlier, more accurately
Cornell University

Cornell University engineers and plant scientists have teamed up to develop a low-cost system that allows grape growers to predict their yields much earlier in the season and more accurately than costly traditional methods.

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Released: 20-May-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Repairing the leaky pipeline in science communication
Texas A&M AgriLife

A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports a new initiative of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication in Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to help students communicate and influence factual public discourse around agricultural science.

Newswise: Plant Consumers Play Unexpectedly Large Role in the Evolution of Seedling Success
Released: 19-May-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Plant Consumers Play Unexpectedly Large Role in the Evolution of Seedling Success
University of California San Diego

Scientists have found that herbivores have a lot to say about plant evolution and determining the success of seedlings. The influence of birds, rabbits, mice and other herbivores likely counteracts early plant emergence due to climate change, the researchers found.

Released: 19-May-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Bees interrupted
Michigan State University

During a 15-year study of wild bees visiting blueberry fields during their blooming season, researchers caught an unexpected glimpse of how extreme weather events can impact bee populations highlighting the need for more long-term studies, says a Michigan State University researcher.

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Released: 19-May-2021 10:00 AM EDT
We’ve Got the Dirt on Soil Protists
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The diverse collection of microbes known as protists are understudied, but their impact on ecosystems and agriculture could be huge.

Newswise: Grape genetics research reveals what makes the perfect flower
Released: 18-May-2021 4:45 PM EDT
Grape genetics research reveals what makes the perfect flower
Cornell University

Cornell University scientists have worked with the University of California, Davis, to identify the DNA markers that determine grape flower sex. In the process, they also pinpointed the genetic origins of the perfect flower.

Newswise: New Peanut Has a Wild Past and Domesticated Present
Released: 18-May-2021 11:50 AM EDT
New Peanut Has a Wild Past and Domesticated Present
University of Georgia

The wild relatives of modern peanut plants have the ability to withstand disease in ways that peanut plants can’t. The genetic diversity of these wild relatives means that they can shrug off the diseases that kill farmers’ peanut crops, but they also produce tiny nuts that are difficult to harvest because they burrow deep in the soil.

Newswise: Mapping the Midwest’s Soil Topography
Released: 18-May-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Mapping the Midwest’s Soil Topography
Iowa State University

An Iowa State University agronomist is developing new computer models of soil erosion and topography changes, requiring both innovative big-data technology as well as painstaking validation of soil measurements in the real world. The National Science Foundation recently awarded Bradley Miller an early career development grant to support the research.

Newswise: Wake Steering Potentially Boosts Energy Production at US Wind Plants
14-May-2021 9:10 AM EDT
Wake Steering Potentially Boosts Energy Production at US Wind Plants
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Wake steering is a strategy employed at wind power plants involving misaligning upstream turbines with the wind direction to deflect wakes away from downstream turbines, which consequently increases the net production of wind power at a plant. In Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, researchers illustrate how wake steering can increase energy production for a large sampling of commercial land-based U.S. wind power plants. Several were ideal candidates.

Newswise: Cypriot grapes perform well in heat and on taste
Released: 17-May-2021 8:50 AM EDT
Cypriot grapes perform well in heat and on taste
University of Adelaide

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found several grape varieties native to Cyprus, which tolerate drought conditions better than some international varieties popular in Australia, contain chemical compounds responsible for flavours preferred by Australian consumers.

Newswise: Climate change threatens one-third of global food production
11-May-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Climate change threatens one-third of global food production
Aalto University

New research led by Aalto University assesses just how global food production will be affected if greenhouse gas emissions are left uncut. The study is published in the prestigious journal One Earth on Friday 14 May.

Newswise: Protecting Food from the Farm to Our Plates
Released: 13-May-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Protecting Food from the Farm to Our Plates
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T collaborates with DHS experts to ensure that the food we eat and our agricultural supply are safe.


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