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Newswise: Researchers Use Satellite Imaging to Map Groundwater Use in California’s Central Valley
Released: 30-Sep-2020 6:05 PM EDT
Researchers Use Satellite Imaging to Map Groundwater Use in California’s Central Valley
University of California San Diego

Researchers at the University of California San Diego report in a new study a way to improve groundwater monitoring by using a remote sensing technology (known as InSAR), in conjunction with climate and land cover data, to bridge gaps in the understanding of sustainable groundwater in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

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Released: 30-Sep-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Scientists help reboot 50 years of plant advice to solve one of nature's biggest challenges
University of Portsmouth

Scientists from the University of Portsmouth and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have come up with a formula to help plant breeders and farmers around the world grow crops in a more sustainable way.

Newswise: New Way of Analyzing Soil Organic Matter Will Help Predict Climate Change, Baylor University Researcher Says
Released: 25-Sep-2020 3:55 AM EDT
New Way of Analyzing Soil Organic Matter Will Help Predict Climate Change, Baylor University Researcher Says
Baylor University

A new way of analyzing the chemical composition of soil organic matter will help scientists predict how soils store carbon — and how soil carbon may affect climate in the future, says a Baylor University researcher.

Released: 24-Sep-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Earth’s soil to soar to space for first time
Cornell University

Cornell University doctoral student Morgan Irons will see the soil she scooped from a Cornell farm organic plot launch into space on the evening of Sept. 29. It will hitch a ride aboard a resupply mission bound for the International Space Station (ISS) – orbiting about 254 miles above Earth.

Newswise: $2M USDA grant funds value-added grains project
Released: 21-Sep-2020 5:05 PM EDT
$2M USDA grant funds value-added grains project
Cornell University

A Cornell University scientist is leading a multi-institution team that’s helping turn diverse and ancient grains into staple foods throughout the Northeast and Midwest, thanks to a three-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:50 PM EDT
New research highlights impact of COVID-19 on food security in Kenya and Uganda
CABI Publishing

CABI scientists have conducted new research highlighting the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on food security in Kenya and Uganda with more than two-thirds of those surveyed having experienced economic hardship due to the pandemic.

Newswise: Improving bison health, production
Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Improving bison health, production
South Dakota State University

The Center of Excellence for Bison Studies seeks to improve bison herd health and production and the economic viability of both private and tribal bison producers.

Newswise: Heavy rainfall drives a third of nitrogen runoff, according to new study
Released: 18-Sep-2020 3:00 PM EDT
Heavy rainfall drives a third of nitrogen runoff, according to new study
Iowa State University

Extreme rain events that occur on nine days a year drive around a third of all nitrogen yields on farmland in the Mississippi River basin, according to a new study. The research could inform how and when farmers apply nitrogen fertilizer to their fields and has environmental implications for the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 2:00 PM EDT
New app a lifeline for eggplant farmers in Bangladesh
Cornell University

A new app co-developed by Cornell University researchers is expected to streamline information-sharing, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, for farmers growing one of the most important crops for food security in Bangladesh.

Released: 15-Sep-2020 5:20 PM EDT
Can Plant-Based Protein Replace Animal Protein in the Food System?
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Dr. Pat Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods will share his belief that plant-based protein will match the sensory, nutritional value and price requirements consumers desire, and replace meat protein sooner than people think at the opening keynote of AgTech NEXTTM on September, 22, 2020 at 12 PM CST.

Released: 15-Sep-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Study reveals impact of centuries of human activity in American tropics
University of East Anglia

The devastating effects of human activity on wildlife in the American tropics over the last 500 years are revealed in a new study published today.

Newswise: ChopChop Family partners with The Kids Cook Monday and UF/IFAS to offer webinar series
Released: 14-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
ChopChop Family partners with The Kids Cook Monday and UF/IFAS to offer webinar series
Monday Campaigns

ChopChop Family, The Kids Cook Monday, and University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are partnering to produce a series of free webinars, through the Community of Practice Healthy Food Choices in Schools eXtension, for educators to help support families in making healthful and cost-effective food choices.

Newswise: Some but not all U.S. metro areas could grow all needed food locally, estimates study
9-Sep-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Some but not all U.S. metro areas could grow all needed food locally, estimates study
Tufts University

How local could food be in the U.S.? A modeling study estimates the distance within which metro centers could meet food needs if they tried to feed themselves locally. Some—but not all—could rely on nearby agricultural land, and dietary changes would increase local potential, according to the study.

Newswise: Helping Future-Proof the Wine Sector
Released: 14-Sep-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Helping Future-Proof the Wine Sector
University of Adelaide

Winegrape growers around the world will be better able to navigate future global markets and the impacts of climate change with a new book available free online. Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where? A Global Empirical Picture provides snapshots from 1990 to 2016 of the world’s vineyard bearing areas of more than 1700 prime grape varieties in over 700 wine regions.

Newswise: In face of crisis, equitable farming systems grow in Nigeria
Released: 11-Sep-2020 1:55 PM EDT
In face of crisis, equitable farming systems grow in Nigeria
Cornell University

As millions of Nigerian farmers flee the militant group Boko Haram, a Cornell University-trained Nigerian scientist is providing support to create a more profitable, equitable future – especially for the many farmers who are women.

Newswise: Uncovering the science of Indigenous fermentation
Released: 10-Sep-2020 10:05 PM EDT
Uncovering the science of Indigenous fermentation
University of Adelaide

Australian wine scientists are shedding scientific light on the processes underlying traditional practices of Australian Aboriginal people to produce fermented beverages. The scientists from the University of Adelaide and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) have discovered the complex microbial communities associated with the natural fermentation of sap from the iconic Tasmanian cider gum, Eucalyptus gunnii. The work has been published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

Newswise: UAH gets $600,000 to create more accurate analysis of soil moisture
Released: 10-Sep-2020 12:05 PM EDT
UAH gets $600,000 to create more accurate analysis of soil moisture
University of Alabama Huntsville

A $600,000 grant to create a more accurate analysis of soil moisture for drought depiction, agricultural assessments and flood potential has been awarded to the interim dean of the College of Science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Newswise: Connecting farmers to share agronomic data
Released: 9-Sep-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Connecting farmers to share agronomic data
Iowa State University

A new project will help farmers use innovative technology to share data in an effort to improve production. The effort, recently funded by a federal grant, will start out as a small pilot project and gradually expand to hundreds of farmers.

Newswise: Wild cousins may help crops battle climate change
Released: 9-Sep-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Wild cousins may help crops battle climate change
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Wild relatives of our domestic crops already cope with harsh conditions and resist disease. Can we use them to help our preferred crops adapt?

Released: 8-Sep-2020 3:45 PM EDT
A new method may make tomatoes safer to eat
University of Georgia

When vegetable farmers harvest crops, they often rely on postharvest washing to reduce any foodborne pathogens, but a new University of Georgia study shows promise in reducing these pathogens – as well as lowering labor costs— by applying sanitizers to produce while it is still in the fields.

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Released: 8-Sep-2020 8:20 AM EDT
NUS engineers turn pineapple leaves into biodegradable aerogels for food preservation and wastewater treatment
National University of Singapore

Researchers from the National University of Singapore developed a technique of using pineapple leaf fibres to create ultra-light, biodegradable aerogels. These versatile aerogels can be used for food preservation, wastewater treatment, oil absorbing as well as heat and sound insulation.

1-Sep-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Changing What We Eat Could Offset Years of Climate-Warming Emissions, New Analysis Finds
New York University

Plant protein foods—like lentils, beans, and nuts—can provide vital nutrients using a small fraction of the land required to produce meat and dairy. By shifting to these foods, much of the remaining land could support ecosystems that absorb CO2, according to a new study.

Released: 3-Sep-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Crunchy, complex: Cornell releases three new apples
Cornell University

This fall, apple lovers can look forward to three new varieties from the oldest apple breeding program in the U.S. — located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

Released: 3-Sep-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Danforth Center Scientists Collaborate On A $20 Million Nationwide Artificial Intelligence Research Institute
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Todd Mockler, PhD, will co-lead a research team applying AI approaches to extract plant phenotypes, from sensor data sets in order to accelerate crop improvement, with a focus on enhancing nitrogen and water use efficiency in major row crops such as corn and soy.

Newswise: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Help Wheat Breeders
Released: 3-Sep-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Help Wheat Breeders
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Usually, breeders pick the best wheat lines by hand, but unmanned aerial vehicles that record certain measures of plant health can help breeders select wheat lines more efficiently.

Newswise: Increasing adoption of soil conservation practices
Released: 2-Sep-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Increasing adoption of soil conservation practices
South Dakota State University

Farmers who make soil health a priority are more likely to rotate three or more crops and to graze livestock on cropland, according to a survey of producers in South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska.

Newswise: New study on migration success reinforces need for monarch butterfly milkweed habitat
Released: 2-Sep-2020 11:05 AM EDT
New study on migration success reinforces need for monarch butterfly milkweed habitat
Iowa State University

A recently published study presents evidence that the migration success of monarchs hasn’t declined in recent years and thus cannot explain the steep decline in the monarch population over the last few decades. The study drew on data collected on 1.4 million monarch butterflies that were tagged in the United States Midwest from 1998 to 2015 and emphasizes the need for new monarch habitat.

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Released: 31-Aug-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Eating your vegetables is easier said than done
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

"Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability; however, they are currently threatening both."

Newswise: Mealworm shows promise as a good, sustainable food source, study finds
Released: 31-Aug-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Mealworm shows promise as a good, sustainable food source, study finds
Indiana University

With global food demands rising at an alarming rate, a study led by IUPUI scientists has found new evidence that the yellow mealworm shows promise as alternative source of nutritional protein.

Released: 31-Aug-2020 8:10 AM EDT
Searching for stress-resistant potatoes
University of Vienna

Plant Biologist Markus Teige at the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna has received a €5 million grant from the Horizon 2020 EU Program to study mechanisms how potato’s adapt to multiple environmental stresses. He coordinates a consortium of 17 European leading academic research institutions, potato breeders, a non-profit EU association, a government agency and a screening technology developer.

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Released: 28-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Growing demand for zero-deforestation cacao might not help Colombian forests
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

When Brazil refused soy grown on deforested land in the Amazon, the movement spread worldwide. Brazil's Soy Moratorium in 2006 became the first zero-deforestation agreement.

Newswise: Sulfur-scavenging bacteria could be key to making common component in plastic
23-Aug-2020 8:00 PM EDT
Sulfur-scavenging bacteria could be key to making common component in plastic
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Ohio State University discovered a new microbial pathway that produces ethylene, providing a potential avenue for biomanufacturing a common component of plastics, adhesives, coolants and other everyday products.

Newswise: Char Application Restores Soil Carbon and Productivity
Released: 27-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Char Application Restores Soil Carbon and Productivity
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

After two years of char application, researchers find increased soil Carbon, magnesium, and sodium concentrations.

Released: 26-Aug-2020 4:20 PM EDT
NAU researchers co-author study that finds water efficiency achievable throughout U.S. without decrease in economic activity
Northern Arizona University

Ben Ruddell and Richard Rushforth, with collaborators throughout the country, looked at how much water conservation can readily and affordably be achieved in each region and industry by looking at what conservation measures were already working and considering how much water is being used.

Released: 26-Aug-2020 4:10 PM EDT
New method to combat damage, help revive NY berry industry
Cornell University

Greg Loeb has been experimenting with a thin mesh covering, called exclusion netting, around berry crops as a means to prevent spotted wing drosophila (SWD) infestation. The efficacy of the netting is documented in a paper, “Factors Affecting the Implementation of Exclusion Netting to Control Drosophila Suzukii on Primocane Raspberry,” published in the journal Crop Protection.

Released: 26-Aug-2020 12:35 PM EDT
USDA Says Current Poultry Food Safety Guidelines Do Not Stop Salmonella Outbreaks
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Current poultry food safety guidelines for Salmonella, the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks, are inadequate. A new study conducted by Thomas Oscar, USDA Agricultural Research Service, “Salmonella prevalence alone is not a good indicator of poultry food safety,” published in Risk Analysis, explores additional factors that must be considered in order to identify poultry products that are truly safe for human consumption.

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Released: 26-Aug-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Plant scientists use robotics to study the interaction of heat stress responses in corn
Iowa State University

A new study shows how two responses in separate locations inside plant cells work in concert to help corn plants respond to heat stress. The research was made possible by the Enviratron, an innovative plant sciences facility at Iowa State University that utilizes a robotic rover and highly controlled growth chambers.

Released: 25-Aug-2020 8:05 PM EDT
Researchers help inform cassava breeding worldwide
Cornell University

Scientists in Cornell University’s NextGen Cassava project have uncovered new details regarding cassava’s genetic architecture that may help breeders more easily pinpoint traits for one of Africa’s most vital crops.


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