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Released: 26-May-2022 3:00 PM EDT
Forecast of Food Cyber Attacks
Flinders University

Wide-ranging use of smart technologies is raising global agricultural production but international researchers warn this digital-age phenomenon could reap a crop of another kind – cybersecurity attacks.

Released: 25-May-2022 4:10 PM EDT
Fingerprinting Techniques to Identify Olive Oils
University of Barcelona

Olive oil is one of the most prestigious agri-foods in Spain and it is the base of the Mediterranean diet.

Newswise: Digging Into Soil Biology Recovery After Petroleum Contamination
Released: 25-May-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Digging Into Soil Biology Recovery After Petroleum Contamination
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Thermal desorption is a quick way to treat contaminated soils. But how does it affect the recovery of soil biology?

Released: 24-May-2022 6:50 PM EDT
Climate change on course to hit U.S. Corn Belt especially hard, study finds
Emory University

Climate change will make the U.S. Corn Belt unsuitable for cultivating corn by 2100 without major technological advances in agricultural practices, an Emory University study finds.

Newswise: California Shellfish Farmers Adapt to Climate Change
Released: 23-May-2022 12:35 PM EDT
California Shellfish Farmers Adapt to Climate Change
San Diego State University

Because of their proximity to the ocean, Californians get to enjoy locally-sourced oysters, mussels, abalone and clams.

Newswise: How do rootstocks help tomato growers under heat and drought?
Released: 23-May-2022 8:00 AM EDT
How do rootstocks help tomato growers under heat and drought?
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Certain rootstocks may improve plant performance by enhancing the amount of root biomass used to support shoot function

Released: 20-May-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has jeopardized food supplies, despite Russian Foreign Minister's claim
Newswise

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is disrupting food supply chains and causing food shortages worldwide, particularly in the Middle East.

Newswise: Researchers have developed a potential super wheat for salty soils
Released: 20-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Researchers have developed a potential super wheat for salty soils
University of Gothenburg

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have developed several new varieties of wheat that tolerate soils with higher salt concentrations.

Released: 19-May-2022 4:30 PM EDT
How fast-growing algae could enhance growth of food crops
Princeton University

A new study provides a framework to boost crop growth by incorporating a strategy adopted from a fast-growing species of green algae.

Released: 19-May-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Policy, Farm Management Help China Mitigate Climate Change
Cornell University

Production of animal protein in China has increased by 800% over the past 40 years, driven by population growth, urbanization and higher worker wages. However, the amount of climate-warming nitrous oxide released from animal farming in the country has not risen as quickly, thanks to science-led policy and farm management interventions in the way animals are fed and their manure recycled.

Newswise: New strategies to save the world’s most indispensable grain
Released: 19-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
New strategies to save the world’s most indispensable grain
University of California, Riverside

Plants — they’re just like us, with unique techniques for handling stress.

Newswise: Measuring diversity from farm to fork: A new report evaluates 10 Mediterranean countries
Released: 18-May-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Measuring diversity from farm to fork: A new report evaluates 10 Mediterranean countries
The Alliance of Biodiversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

What foods comes to your mind when you think about “The Mediterranean Diet”? For most people, the term evokes strong associations with fresh, minimally-processed ingredients – olive oil, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, followed by fish and animal products – together making up a form of local food production and consumption that holds societal, economic, and cultural benefits.

Newswise: No Small Potatoes: Understanding Risks and Impacts to Our Agricultural Supply
Released: 18-May-2022 1:05 PM EDT
No Small Potatoes: Understanding Risks and Impacts to Our Agricultural Supply
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

When most people hear about the state of Idaho, potatoes are probably the first thing they think of. Those famous potatoes are at the forefront of a new research project at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as well. This research began at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, when people all over the world were seeing disruptions to the production and distribution of many important goods. The pandemic inspired an interest in how resilient our nation’s production and distribution systems are, against similar large-scale social disruptions as well as climate-related impacts. An INL research team interested in addressing these challenges identified food and agriculture as one sector to better understand.

Newswise: Helping rain stay where it lands
Released: 18-May-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Helping rain stay where it lands
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Runoff during storms pollutes waterways and doesn’t recharge groundwater. Better materials could make delivering that water to the soil easier

Released: 17-May-2022 12:55 PM EDT
Vine Removal Technique Foils Devastating Grape Disease
Cornell University

Removing not only a diseased grapevine but the two vines on either side of it can reduce the incidence of leafroll disease, a long-standing bane of vineyards around the world, Cornell University researchers have found.

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16-May-2022 2:15 PM EDT
Scientists Nail Down 'Destination' for Protein That Delivers Zinc
Brookhaven National Laboratory

New research describes a “chaperone” protein that delivers zinc, a trace element essential for survival in all living things, to where it’s needed. The chaperone could be especially important when access to zinc is limited—for example in nutrient deficient diets and for growing crops on depleted soils.

Released: 13-May-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Fresh and fantastic fledgling foods get a UQ kickstart
University of Queensland

Better beer, exotic mushrooms and probiotic-fuelled lettuces are just some of the eclectic food research innovations supported through an exciting University of Queensland grant program.

Released: 11-May-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Banana spots can help tackle food waste – study finds
Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing

Banana peels hold the key to reducing tonnes of food waste. A new study released in Physical Biology reveals how the browning of this household staple can be explained and modelled.

Newswise: Higher wheat yields and protein content on the horizon
10-May-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Higher wheat yields and protein content on the horizon
University of Adelaide

A team of international researchers has discovered a way to produce higher quality wheat. The scientists from the University of Adelaide and the UK’s John Innes Centre have identified a genetic driver that improves yield traits in wheat, which unexpectedly can also lead to increasing protein content by up to 25 per cent.

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Released: 11-May-2022 1:30 PM EDT
Research with a peel: FSU study on banana browning could help tackle food waste
Florida State University

A team of FSU researchers investigated the formation and spread of brown spots on bananas, a striking case of biological pattern formation. In research published in Physical Biology, the team described how the spots appear during a two-day window, rapidly expand, but then mysteriously stall, leaving a sharp distinction between spots of brown and the still-yellow peel.

Newswise: Decreasing the Knowledge Gap for Finger Millet
Released: 11-May-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Decreasing the Knowledge Gap for Finger Millet
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Genetic mapping of the yield traits provides useful data for breeders about this east Africa grain crop

Released: 9-May-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Grant helps Clemson researchers fight peach bacterial diseases, support underserved producers
Clemson University

A Clemson University team, with the help of a grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, is conducting research to develop holistic strategies to improve disease management and peach tree health.

Released: 9-May-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Clemson web apps calculate soil pH to help growers increase profits, reduce costs
Clemson University

Lime is a very important soil amendment used to grow crops. To help ensure the correct amount is applied where it is needed most, the Clemson University Precision Agriculture Team has developed the Reverse Lime Rate Calculator.

Newswise: Argonne People of Climate Change
Released: 9-May-2022 3:40 PM EDT
Argonne People of Climate Change
Argonne National Laboratory

From simulating climate to creating more fuel-efficient vehicles, Argonne is home to many teams that tackle different aspects of climate change. Here are a few of those innovators.

Newswise: Harnessing the Power of Perennial Plants for Sustainable Agriculture
Released: 9-May-2022 10:25 AM EDT
Harnessing the Power of Perennial Plants for Sustainable Agriculture
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Matthew Rubin’s research is focused on perennial plants, or “long-lived” plants, seeking to increase our understanding of these plants across their lifetime. Perennial plants offer many benefits to agriculture and our environment. They develop deep root systems that fix carbon, reduce water needs, and help restore soil health. When used for agriculture, perennials can provide multiple harvests from the same plant, offering a more sustainable solution for future agricultural systems.

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Released: 9-May-2022 9:55 AM EDT
IN2 AgTech Startups Making an Impact
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

While our planet faces many grand challenges that are impacting global food security, the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) is helping to bring new AgTech innovations to the table.

Newswise: What are anti-nutrients and why are they important for researchers to consider?
Released: 9-May-2022 8:00 AM EDT
What are anti-nutrients and why are they important for researchers to consider?
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Substances that protect plants can interfere with human and animal nutrient absorption, a problem if your diet isn’t diverse

Newswise: Saving the Mekong delta from drowning
Released: 6-May-2022 4:40 PM EDT
Saving the Mekong delta from drowning
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Southeast Asia’s most productive agricultural region and home to 17 million people could be mostly underwater within a lifetime.

Released: 6-May-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Water scarcity predicted to worsen in more than 80% of croplands globally this century
American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Agricultural water scarcity is expected to increase in more than 80% of the world's croplands by 2050, according to a new study in the AGU journal Earth’s Future.

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Released: 6-May-2022 2:30 PM EDT
Emissions Tied to the International Trade of Agricultural Goods Are Rising
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., May 6, 2022 – Earth system scientists at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have drawn the clearest line yet connecting consumers of agricultural produce in wealthier countries in Asia, Europe and North America with a growth in greenhouse gas emissions in less-developed nations, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere.

Released: 6-May-2022 9:30 AM EDT
The effects on ecosystems of reduced pesticide use
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)

Pesticides affect the health of agricultural soils and waterways.

Released: 4-May-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Will climate change increase the risk of aflatoxin in U.S. corn?
Michigan State University

As climate change continues to alter weather patterns around the planet including the Midwest, researchers at Michigan State University are modeling the impact on crops such as corn.

Newswise: Finding the Best Lentil Varieties for Every Farm
Released: 4-May-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Finding the Best Lentil Varieties for Every Farm
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

A recent study measured how environmental factors and plant genetics come together to influence lentil yields and nutritional content

Released: 3-May-2022 3:20 PM EDT
Pandemic Worsened Inequality for Migrant Fishers
Cornell University

The pandemic has exacerbated inequalities in the international fishing industry, according to a new report from Cornell University researchers and the International Labour Organization (ILO), who presented their findings at a virtual webinar April 27.

Newswise: ‘Extreme’ plants grow faster in the face of stress
Released: 2-May-2022 4:35 PM EDT
‘Extreme’ plants grow faster in the face of stress
Stanford University

When faced with conditions that are too dry, salty, or cold, most plants try to conserve resources. They send out fewer leaves and roots and close up their pores to hold in water. If circumstances don’t improve, they eventually die.

Released: 2-May-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Local food suppliers proved their value during the pandemic, so how do we ensure they thrive? Reports and Proceedings
University of Sheffield

Local food suppliers saved the day during the Covid-19 pandemic food shortages, but new research from the University of Sheffield also finds lessons need to be learnt if national food systems are to survive future crises.

Newswise: New Study Could Help Reduce Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Released: 28-Apr-2022 7:00 AM EDT
New Study Could Help Reduce Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has significantly improved the performance of numerical predictions for agricultural nitrous oxide emissions. The first-of-its-kind knowledge-guided machine learning model is 1,000 times faster than current systems and could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Newswise: Virtual Reality Could be the Answer to Worker Shortages at Poultry Plants
Released: 27-Apr-2022 8:05 PM EDT
Virtual Reality Could be the Answer to Worker Shortages at Poultry Plants
Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Tech Research Institute's (GTRI) Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) is incorporating automation solutions, specifically virtual reality (VR), into poultry processing to boost efficiency and enhance worker safety.

Newswise: Bean cultivation in diverse agricultural landscapes promotes bees and increases yields
Released: 26-Apr-2022 4:05 AM EDT
Bean cultivation in diverse agricultural landscapes promotes bees and increases yields
University of Göttingen

Pollination by insects is essential for the production of many food crops.

Released: 21-Apr-2022 4:45 PM EDT
Waking up to an interactive coffee cup of data
GigaScience

When coffee is sold as single origin or as the more expensive Arabica beans— do you really know whether you are getting what you’re paying for?

Released: 21-Apr-2022 12:35 PM EDT
St. Louis Comes Together to Announce the Taylor Geospatial Institute
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Taylor Geospatial Institute is a first-of-its-kind institution that brings together eight leading research institutions to collaborate on research into geospatial technology.

Newswise: Press release by the Association for Vertical Farming, Munich Germany April 18th, 2022
Released: 21-Apr-2022 7:00 AM EDT
Press release by the Association for Vertical Farming, Munich Germany April 18th, 2022
Green Bronx Machine

The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) is pleased to announce our partnership with our new advisory board member, Stephen Ritz, and his non-profit, Green Bronx Machine.

Newswise: Warming climate and agriculture halve insect populations in some areas
Released: 20-Apr-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Warming climate and agriculture halve insect populations in some areas
University College London

Climate change and intensive agricultural land use have already been responsible for a 49% reduction in the number of insects in the most impacted parts of the world, finds a new study by UCL researchers.

Released: 20-Apr-2022 10:40 AM EDT
Rutgers Researchers Partner with Cultivated Meat Company to Create Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly, Low-Cost Meat
Rutgers University's Office for Research

A pair of Rutgers researchers are teaming up to combat climate change and worldwide hunger at the same time. Yong Mao, associate research professor and lead biologist in the Laboratory for Biomaterials Science at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, and Joseph Freeman, professor, director of the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Laboratory, and graduate program director of biomedical engineering in Rutgers School of Engineering, will collaborate with Atelier Meats, a biotechnology company, to develop and produce lab-grown, structured meats.

Released: 20-Apr-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Improving Georgia land conservation through algorithms
University of Georgia

A team of University of Georgia researchers has created a model to help land developers and public officials identify the land that is best suited for conservation. Led by Fabio Jose Benez-Secanho, a former UGA graduate student, and Puneet Dwivedi, associate professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, this first-of-its-kind algorithm considers a variety of factors not included in other models when calculating the value of land for conservation.


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