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Released: 26-Mar-2020 2:40 PM EDT
New framework will help decide which trees are best in the fight against air pollution
University of Surrey

A study from the University of Surrey has provided a comprehensive guide on which tree species are best for combatting air pollution that originates from our roads - along with suggestions for how to plant these green barriers to get the best results.

Newswise: With new barley variety, Cornell leads way for NYS brewers
Released: 26-Mar-2020 2:40 PM EDT
With new barley variety, Cornell leads way for NYS brewers
Cornell University

Cornell University researchers have just released a new variety of New York-adapted spring barley, to meet needs created by a 2012 Farm Brewery Bill that expects New York’s craft brewers to steadily increase the amount of state-sourced ingredients used in their beer.

Newswise: Weedy rice is unintended legacy of Green Revolution
Released: 26-Mar-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Weedy rice is unintended legacy of Green Revolution
Washington University in St. Louis

A new global study reveals the extent to which high-yielding rice varieties favored in the decades since the “Green Revolution” have a propensity to go feral, turning a staple food crop into a weedy scourge.Weedy rice is a de-domesticated form of rice that infests paddies worldwide and aggressively outcompetes cultivated varieties.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 10:40 AM EDT
NMU Launches Indoor Agriculture Program
Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University will begin offering an indoor agriculture associate degree program this fall. Through a hands-on, multidisciplinary approach, graduates learn equally about plant biology and the construction/maintenance of indoor growing systems, preparing them for a variety of career opportunities.

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Released: 20-Mar-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Research shows most bird feed contains troublesome weed seeds
Cambridge University Press

Many millions of homeowners use feeders to attract birds. But a two-year study featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management suggests there may be one unintended consequence to this popular hobby. Bird feed mixtures may be helping to spread troublesome weeds that threaten agricultural crops.

17-Mar-2020 4:00 PM EDT
Shedding light on how much carbon tropical forests can absorb
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

New research sheds light on how much tropical forests’ ability to take up and store carbon differ between forests with high versus low species richness, aiming to enhance our ability to predict tropical ecosystems’ strength as global carbon sinks.

13-Mar-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Ethylene sensor could help monitor plant health
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have developed an easy-to-use, robust sensor that can monitor a plant's development and health.

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Released: 17-Mar-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Natural solutions to the climate crisis? One-quarter is all down to Earth...
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Joint research conducted by The Nature Conservancy and the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences calculated the carbon-storing power of global soils and showcased approaches like agroforestry designed to capitalise on untapped potential.

Newswise: Long-term analysis shows GM cotton no match for insects in India
Released: 13-Mar-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Long-term analysis shows GM cotton no match for insects in India
Washington University in St. Louis

Genetically modified Bt cotton is the most widely planted cotton crop in India by acreage, and it is hugely controversial. Supporters long touted increased yields and reduced pesticides to justify its pickup. But that argument does not hold up under the first long-term study of Bt cotton impacts in India. The analysis is co-authored by a Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist in the journal Nature Plants.

Newswise: Hornwort Genomes Could Lead to Crop Improvement
13-Mar-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Hornwort Genomes Could Lead to Crop Improvement
Boyce Thompson Institute

Researchers illuminate the dawn of land plants and discover genes that could help crops grow more efficiently with less synthetic fertilizer.

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