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Newswise: Scientists identify top ways for NY farms to cut climate emissions
Released: 13-Aug-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Scientists identify top ways for NY farms to cut climate emissions
Cornell University

New York agriculture has the capacity to mitigate its own greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, two Cornell University researchers say in a state-funded report commissioned by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Newswise: ‘Madsen’ Wheat as Source of Disease Resistance
Released: 13-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
‘Madsen’ Wheat as Source of Disease Resistance
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Researchers show that ‘Madsen,’ a commonly used wheat variety, is resistant to more pests and diseases than recently thought, making it a good source of genes for breeding better wheat.

Newswise: Cornell Dean tours dairy farm with Rep. Brindisi, touts ag research
Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Cornell Dean tours dairy farm with Rep. Brindisi, touts ag research
Cornell University

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi met Aug. 10 with farmers and agricultural thought leaders – including Kathryn Boor, the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University – for a farm tour and roundtable discussion about the importance of agricultural research.

Newswise: Natural way to boost crop yield to be explored by Warwick Scientists
Released: 12-Aug-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Natural way to boost crop yield to be explored by Warwick Scientists
University of Warwick

Increases in plant yield could be naturally made thanks to research at the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick

Newswise: ‘Insect apocalypse’ may not be happening in U.S.
Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:30 PM EDT
‘Insect apocalypse’ may not be happening in U.S.
University of Georgia

Scientists have been warning about an “insect apocalypse” in recent years, noting sharp declines in specific areas — particularly in Europe. A new study shows these warnings may have been exaggerated and are not representative of what’s happening to insects on a larger scale.

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Released: 10-Aug-2020 4:15 PM EDT
How fish stocks will change in warming seas
University of Exeter

New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries.

Newswise: First Food-Grade Intermediate Wheatgrass Released
Released: 6-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
First Food-Grade Intermediate Wheatgrass Released
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

University of Minnesota researchers report the release of the first commercially available intermediate wheatgrass cultivar

Released: 4-Aug-2020 6:55 PM EDT
An easier way to go veggie: Vitamin B12 can be produced during dough fermentation
University of Helsinki

Vitamin B12 is an essential micronutrient that is needed for functions such as maintaining the nervous system and forming blood cells.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Report provides new framework for understanding climate risks, impacts to US agriculture
Colorado State University

Agricultural production is highly sensitive to weather and climate, which affect when farmers and land managers plant seeds or harvest crops. These conditions also factor into decision-making, when people decide to make capital investments or plant trees in an agroforestry system.

Newswise: New weapon to help fight wheat scab
Released: 29-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
New weapon to help fight wheat scab
South Dakota State University

A near-infrared seed sorter that can quickly identify and remove seeds damaged by Fusarium head blight will help wheat breeders improve scab resistance.

Newswise: Decline of Bees, Other Pollinators Threatens U.S. Crop Yields
Released: 28-Jul-2020 7:00 PM EDT
Decline of Bees, Other Pollinators Threatens U.S. Crop Yields
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Crop yields for apples, cherries and blueberries across the United States are being reduced by a lack of pollinators, according to Rutgers-led research, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date. Most of the world’s crops depend on honeybees and wild bees for pollination, so declines in both managed and wild bee populations raise concerns about food security, notes the study in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Newswise: Seafood Products Made From Cells Should be Labeled Cell-Based
Released: 28-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Seafood Products Made From Cells Should be Labeled Cell-Based
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Companies seeking to commercialize seafood products made from the cells of fish or shellfish should use the term “cell-based” on product labels, according to a Rutgers study – the first of its kind – in the Journal of Food Science. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture require food products to have a “common or usual name” on their labels so consumers can make informed choices about what they’re purchasing.

Newswise: Small-Farm Tech Reduces Deforestation, Climate Change
Released: 23-Jul-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Small-Farm Tech Reduces Deforestation, Climate Change
Cornell University

Small farms in Zambia that use the latest hybrid seed for maize, help reduce deforestation and tackle climate change in a new Cornell University study.

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Released: 23-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Meet Cosmo, a bull calf designed to produce 75% male offspring
University of California, Davis

Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have successfully produced a bull calf, named Cosmo, who was genome-edited as an embryo so that he'll produce more male offspring.

Newswise: NYS sanitizer, Cornell’s U-pick guide boost farm success
Released: 23-Jul-2020 3:30 PM EDT
NYS sanitizer, Cornell’s U-pick guide boost farm success
Cornell University

Even in the coronavirus era, New York’s pick-your-own farms are flourishing – thanks to a new Cornell University guide and New York state sanitizer.

Newswise: Big Wheel Ruts, Big Economic Losses
Released: 23-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Big Wheel Ruts, Big Economic Losses
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Research suggests the economic loss from wheel-traffic compaction for farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota could exceed 1 billion USD

Newswise: USDA funds study of dairy cattle’s environmental footprint
Released: 22-Jul-2020 5:15 PM EDT
USDA funds study of dairy cattle’s environmental footprint
Cornell University

A new open-source computer model being developed by a Cornell University-led interdisciplinary team will simulate production and quantify the environmental effects of management decisions made on dairy farms.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 1:00 PM EDT
AgTech NEXT Summit Goes Virtual
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Virtual AgTech NEXT conference sessions will be held from 12 – 1 PM CDT on Tuesdays, beginning September 22 with a keynote by Dr. Pat Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods through November 10.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Cornell project to investigate digital ag’s impacts on rural America
Cornell University

As technology begins to transform farming, a team of Cornell University researchers is exploring how digital agriculture could affect small and midsized farms, as well as its likely effect on the environment, to inform the design of these developing technologies.

Newswise: Cornell launches New York solar farm study
Released: 22-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Cornell launches New York solar farm study
Cornell University

New York state has set ambitious goals to wean its economy off fossil fuels by 2050 while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 85%. To help reach those goals, Cornell University researchers are studying ways the state’s mix of sun and farmland will factor into plans.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Recycling Japanese liquor leftovers as animal feed produces happier pigs and tastier pork
University of Tokyo

Tastier pork comes from pigs that eat the barley left over after making the Japanese liquor shochu.

Newswise: Grant to help scientists, industry and farmers harness biomass and manure to fuel farms
20-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Grant to help scientists, industry and farmers harness biomass and manure to fuel farms
Iowa State University

A $10 million federal grant will power a multi-institutional consortium aiming to create new value chains on U.S. farms. The consortium will innovate methods for farmers to make more efficient use of resources with an emphasis on the generation of renewable natural gas, improved rural economic outcomes and protection of the environment.

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Released: 20-Jul-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Native bushland's fertility secret
Flinders University

In hotter, dryer conditions with climate change, a secret agent for more sustainable agricultural production could lie in harvesting the diverse beneficial soil microbiome in native bushland settings, scientists say. New research from CSIRO, Flinders University and La Trobe University highlights the importance of soil biological health and further potential to use organic rather than chemical farm inputs for crop production. "We know antibiotics are very useful in pharmaceuticals, and actinobacteria found plentifully and in balance in various natural environments play a vital role in the plant world," says lead author Dr Ricardo Araujo, a visiting Flinders University researcher from the University of Porto in Portugal. "These actinobacterial communities contribute to global carbon cycling by helping to decompose soil nutrients, increase plant productivity, regulate climate support ecosystems - and are found in abundance in warm, dry soil conditions common in Australia." A n

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Released: 20-Jul-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Scientists look to space to track plant pathogens coasting through atmosphere
Cornell University

To better understand how plant pathogens that travel the globe with dust particles might put crops at risk, a Cornell University-led team of scientists will use data from NASA’s Earth Observing Satellites to identify areas of potential disease and track plumes of dust that traverse the globe.

Newswise: Argonne’s pivotal research discovers practices, technologies key to sustainable farming
Released: 20-Jul-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Argonne’s pivotal research discovers practices, technologies key to sustainable farming
Argonne National Laboratory

Scientists study how sustainable farming practices could reduce emissions.

17-Jul-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Free Trade Can Prevent Hunger Caused by Future Shifts in Climate Patterns
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

International trade can compensate for regional reductions in agricultural production and reduce hunger when protectionist measures and other barriers to trade are eliminated.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 10:35 AM EDT
New Research Reveals Antifungal Symbiotic Peptide In Legume
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Danforth Center scientists, Dilip Shah, PhD, Siva Velivelli, PhD, Kirk Czymmek, PhD, and their collaborators at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have identified a sub class of peptides in the nodules of the legume, Medicago truncatula that proved effective in inhibiting growth of the fungus causing gray mold.

14-Jul-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Call to action for stronger, better-funded federal nutrition research
Tufts University

A paper from research, policy, and government experts provides a compelling vision to strengthen existing federal nutrition research and improve cross-governmental coordination in order to accelerate discoveries and improve public health, food security, and population resilience. A coalition of organizations is standing in support of the paper and the need for greater investment and coordination in federal nutrition research.

Newswise: Danforth Center Scientist Receives $1.4M Grant To Develop Smart Farm Technology
Released: 15-Jul-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Danforth Center Scientist Receives $1.4M Grant To Develop Smart Farm Technology
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the National Science Foundation has awarded Nadia Shakoor, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a three-year, $1.4 million grant to develop FieldDock, an integrated smart farm system.

Newswise: Geoengineering’s Benefits Limited for Apple Crops in India
Released: 15-Jul-2020 6:00 AM EDT
Geoengineering’s Benefits Limited for Apple Crops in India
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Geoengineering – spraying sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere to combat global warming – would only temporarily and partially benefit apple production in northern India, according to a Rutgers co-authored study. But abruptly ending geoengineering might lead to total crop failure faster than if geoengineering were not done, according to the study – believed to be the first of its kind – in the journal Climatic Change.

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Released: 14-Jul-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Pesticide mixtures a bigger problem than previously thought
University of Queensland

New research led by The University of Queensland has provided the first comprehensive analysis of pesticide mixtures in creeks and rivers discharging to the Great Barrier Reef.

Newswise: Iowa State University joins the international APSIM Initiative
Released: 13-Jul-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Iowa State University joins the international APSIM Initiative
Iowa State University

The Iowa State University Department of Agronomy is the first North American entity to join the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) Initiative. The computer modeling tools predict crop production in light of climate, genotype, soil and management factors.

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Social media inspired models show winter warming hits fish stocks
University of Queensland

Mathematical modelling inspired by social media is identifying the significant impacts of warming seas on the world's fisheries.

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Parasite infestations revealed by tiny chicken backpacks
University of California, Riverside

Blood-feeding livestock mites can be detected with wearable sensor technology nicknamed "Fitbits for chickens."

Newswise: USDA grant to support Cornell indoor ag training programs
Released: 10-Jul-2020 2:40 PM EDT
USDA grant to support Cornell indoor ag training programs
Cornell University

Thanks to a grant from the USDA, horticulture experts at Cornell University will help design new training programs for workers in controlled environment agriculture.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 11:05 AM EDT
FSU workshop on maize genome profiling leads to new study on corn flowering
Florida State University

A genomic mapping technique developed in part at Florida State University has played a crucial role in a new study aimed at understanding growth in corn, a major U.S. crop.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Farmers’ climate change conundrum: Low yields or revenue instability
Cornell University

Climate change will leave some farmers with a difficult conundrum, according to a new study by researchers from Cornell University and Washington State University: either risk more revenue volatility or live with a more predictable decrease in crop yields.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Discovery reveals how plants make cellulose for strength and growth
University of Virginia Health System

The new discovery unveils the molecular machinery that plants use to weave cellulose chains into cable-like structures called "microfibrils."

Newswise: Food safety investments open new markets, boost revenue for small farmers
Released: 9-Jul-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Food safety investments open new markets, boost revenue for small farmers
Cornell University

A new Cornell University study finds that when small-scale farmers are trained in food safety protocols and develop a farm food safety plan, new markets open up to them, leading to an overall gain in revenue.


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