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Newswise: Green Bronx Machine Founder Stephen Ritz Wins 2021 CEA Disruptor Award
Released: 6-May-2021 6:00 AM EDT
Green Bronx Machine Founder Stephen Ritz Wins 2021 CEA Disruptor Award
Green Bronx Machine

Green Bronx Machine congratulates its founder Stephen Ritz who has received the 2021 Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Disruptor Award for the organization’s work during the pandemic.

Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 PM EDT
Machine Vision System for Almond Grading and Safety
University of South Australia

Researchers at UniSA have developed a world-first automated technique for simultaneously grading almond quality and detecting potentially serious mycotoxin contamination in kernels.

Newswise: The surprising power of chicken manure
Released: 5-May-2021 8:00 AM EDT
The surprising power of chicken manure
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Chicken manure, known as poultry litter, is an age-old fertilizer. New research shows it can improve soils and increase crop yield, a boon for farmers.

Newswise: Great Plains grasslands, beef cattle production, rural economies challenged by climate variability
Released: 29-Apr-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Great Plains grasslands, beef cattle production, rural economies challenged by climate variability
Texas A&M AgriLife

Mother Nature provided increasingly inconsistent precipitation for the Great Plains over the past decade, impacting grasslands, forage systems and beef production in the region—and scientists expect that trend to intensify.

Newswise: Vision for ultra-precision agriculture includes machine-learning enabled plant sensing, modeling and robots tending crops
Released: 29-Apr-2021 3:40 PM EDT
Vision for ultra-precision agriculture includes machine-learning enabled plant sensing, modeling and robots tending crops
Iowa State University

Rather than tending fields by the hundreds of acres, farmers could one day tend each plant with the help of machine learning, robots and other technologies. A $7 million grant from the NSF and the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help researchers develop such a cyber-physical system.

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Released: 29-Apr-2021 6:00 AM EDT
Where in the World Are Green Bronx Machine and Stephen Ritz? April and May 2021 Sightings
Green Bronx Machine

From creating and starring in segments for public television’s Let’s Learn children’s series to celebrating National Nutrition Month and Earth Day to preparing for outdoor growing season at its various urban farms, one thing is for sure: Green Bronx Machine (GBM) and its founder Stephen Ritz have been and will be extra busy tending to their communities, people and gardens.

Newswise: Iowa State, city of Ames partner to reduce nutrient runoff, improve recreation
Released: 28-Apr-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Iowa State, city of Ames partner to reduce nutrient runoff, improve recreation
Iowa State University

A partnership with the city of Ames is giving Iowa State University students an opportunity to propose the redesign of an area of the city with the goals of reducing nutrient runoff and improving recreation.

Newswise: Tracking Nitrate in Farm Fields
Released: 28-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Tracking Nitrate in Farm Fields
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Nitrogen is essential for crops, but when it gets into the water supply, it spells big trouble. Scientists are trying to help farmers strike the right balance by measuring their fields.

Newswise: Rutgers Researcher Receives Grant to Build Toolbox to Assess Food Environments
Released: 26-Apr-2021 10:35 AM EDT
Rutgers Researcher Receives Grant to Build Toolbox to Assess Food Environments
Rutgers School of Public Health

Shauna Downs, assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health, has been awarded a grant from the Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions program to develop tools that will allow researchers to measure natural and built food environments in low- and middle- income countries.

Newswise: The fight against Palmer amaranth
Released: 21-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
The fight against Palmer amaranth
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Nebraska research team helps identify the best weed control program to help farmers control Palmer amaranth in soybean fields

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Released: 20-Apr-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Reliably detecting cocoa off-flavors
Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich (LSB)

Musty, moldy, smoky or horse dung-like smelling cocoa is not suitable for chocolate production.

Newswise: Free K-12 resources developed for teaching soil science
Released: 20-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Free K-12 resources developed for teaching soil science
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Through a contribution agreement with USDA-NRCS, the Soil Science Society of America has developed materials to enhance the teaching of soils in both formal and informal classrooms.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 5:05 PM EDT
Table-to-farm approach will create healthier U.S. melon supply chain
Texas A&M AgriLife

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in College Station are using a “table-to-farm” approach to create a safer, healthier and more sustainable melon supply chain in the U.S. by considering consumer preference at the dinner table.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Meatpacking plants increased COVID-19 cases in US counties
University of California, Davis

An estimated 334,000 COVID-19 cases are attributable to meatpacking plants, resulting in $11.2 billion in economic damage, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of California, Davis.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Partial shade from solar panels increase abundance of flowers in late summer
Oregon State University

A new study by Oregon State University researchers found that shade provided by solar panels increased the abundance of flowers under the panels and delayed the timing of their bloom, both findings that could aid the agricultural community.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Climate change is making Indian monsoon seasons more chaotic
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

If global warming continues unchecked, summer monsoon rainfall in India will become stronger and more erratic.

Newswise: NUS researchers create SmartFarm device to harvest air moisture for autonomous, self-sustaining urban farming
Released: 13-Apr-2021 9:05 PM EDT
NUS researchers create SmartFarm device to harvest air moisture for autonomous, self-sustaining urban farming
National University of Singapore

Researchers from the NUS Department of Materials Science and Engineering have created a solar-powered, fully automated device called ‘SmartFarm’ that is equipped with a moisture-attracting material to absorb air moisture at night when the relative humidity is higher, and releases water when exposed to sunlight in the day for irrigation.

Released: 13-Apr-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Study: Ag policy in India needs to account for domestic workload
Cornell University

Women’s increased agricultural labor during harvest season, in addition to domestic house care, often comes at the cost of their health, according to new research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
illumina joins the international wheat genome sequencing consortium
International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

Illumina, a global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies is joining the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) as a sponsoring partner.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Not All Good Bacteria Get Along
University of Delaware

Just as the beneficial bacteria living in yogurt and sauerkraut are good for your gut, tiny organisms living in the soil help plants and intense research is underway on natural “probiotic” soil treatments containing living microorganisms. Developers of these products have been including multiple species of beneficial bacteria in their formulations, aiming to boost crop growth and yield. But new research from the University of Delaware suggests these selections must be made very carefully, because not all good bacteria get along.

30-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Separating beer waste into proteins for foods, and fiber for biofuels
American Chemical Society (ACS)

The beer-making process yields a large amount of spent grain as a waste product. Today, scientists report a new way to extract the protein and fiber from brewer’s spent grain and use it to create new types of protein sources, biofuels and more. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2021.

Released: 5-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Beef industry can cut emissions with land management, production efficiency
Colorado State University

A comprehensive assessment of 12 different strategies for reducing beef production emissions worldwide found that industry can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by as much as 50% in certain regions, with the most potential in the United States and Brazil.

Released: 5-Apr-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Ozone pollution harms maize crops, study finds
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Although stratospheric ozone protects us by filtering out the sun's ultraviolet radiation, tropospheric ozone is a harmful pollutant.

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Released: 5-Apr-2021 6:00 AM EDT
Stephen Ritz Brings His Award-Winning Green Bronx Machine Classroom to Public Television’s “Let’s Learn”
Green Bronx Machine

This spring, Stephen Ritz, award-winning educator and founder of Green Bronx Machine, will delight children in 3-K through second grade when he brings his acclaimed classroom – and a cast of newly-created characters – to public television’s “Let’s Learn” series.

Released: 2-Apr-2021 4:00 PM EDT
Childhood Brain Tumors Linked to Mother’s Exposure to Pesticides
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A UCLA-led study published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research suggests that exposure during pregnancy to a wide variety of pesticides may lead to the development of central nervous system tumors during childhood.

Released: 2-Apr-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Adjusting interactions help some California's wild bee populations survive
University of Oregon

Across California's Central Valley, under stress from large-scale agriculture and climate change, native bee species that are flexible in their pollination behavior when around other wild bee populations appear best suited for survival in shrinking habitats.

Released: 1-Apr-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Climate change cut farming productivity growth 21% since 1960s
Cornell University

Despite important agricultural advancements to feed the world in the last 60 years, a Cornell University-led study shows that global farming productivity is 21% lower than it could have been without climate change. This is the equivalent of losing about seven years of farm productivity increases since the 1960s.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 5:35 PM EDT
International study shows alternative seafood networks provided resiliency during pandemic
University of Maine

Local alternative seafood networks (ASNs) in the United States and Canada, often considered niche segments, experienced unprecedented growth in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic while the broader seafood system faltered, highlighting the need for greater functional diversity in supply chains, according to a new international study led by the University of Maine.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Floating gardens as a way to keep farming despite climate change
Ohio State University

Bangladesh’s floating gardens, built to grow food during flood seasons, could offer a sustainable solution for parts of the world prone to flooding because of climate change, a new study has found.

Newswise: Shrub willow as a bioenergy crop
Released: 31-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Shrub willow as a bioenergy crop
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Research highlights shrub willow’s ability to store carbon, provide ecosystem services, and adapt to different geographical regions.

26-Mar-2021 10:00 AM EDT
Tree fungus reduces fertilizer requirement for ketchup tomatoes
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry they have recruited a fungus to bolster fertilizer efficiency, meaning tastier tomatoes can be grown with less fertilizer.

Released: 29-Mar-2021 1:40 PM EDT
Forests on caffeine: coffee waste can boost forest recovery
British Ecological Society

A new study finds that coffee pulp, a waste product of coffee production, can be used to speed up tropical forest recovery on post agricultural land.

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Released: 25-Mar-2021 4:20 PM EDT
NY maple producers tap Cornell experts to diversify
Cornell University

The Cornell Maple Program works to develop new maple products to grow the $30 million maple industry in New York state and boost rural economies.

Released: 24-Mar-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Clarity needed in classification systems for processed foods
University of Surrey

During this unique study researchers from the University of Surrey and European Food Information Council (EUFIC) reviewed over 100 scientific papers to examine if different criteria exist in developing classification systems for processed foods and, if so, what distinguishes them.

Released: 24-Mar-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Plastomics Enters Agreement with Amfora for Soybean Protein Enhancement
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Plastomics will use its proprietary transformation technologies to introduce Amfora gene-editing constructs into high performance soybean germplasm.

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Released: 23-Mar-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Scientists created edible food films for food packaging
Ural Federal University

An international group of scientists from India and Russia has created edible food films for packaging fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat, and seafood.


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