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Article ID: 713034

Organic animal farms benefit birds nesting in agricultural environments

University of Helsinki

The abundance of bird species living in agricultural environments has decreased both in Finland and elsewhere in Europe.

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16-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712955

Breakthrough Technique for Studying Gene Expression Takes Root in Plants

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time – an advance that could herald a new era of fundamental research and bolster efforts to engineer more efficient food and biofuel crop plants. The technology, called Drop-seq, is a method for measuring the RNA present in individual cells, allowing scientists to see what genes are being expressed and how this relates to the specific functions of different cell types.

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16-May-2019 11:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 710569

How does root depth affect the nearby soil?

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Plants are not passive actors in the soil environment

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15-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712848

A late-night disco in the forest reveals tree performance

University of Helsinki

In 2017, the group from the Optics of Photosynthesis Lab (OPL) developed a new method to measure a small but important signal produced by all plants

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14-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712754

Wells Fargo Funded Innovation Incubator Selects First Cohort of Agtech Startups Focused on Sustainable Solutions

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), today announced it has selected five early-stage companies for the program’s first agtech cohort.

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14-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712775

BTI pangenome may lead to tastier, heartier tomatoes

Cornell University

Tomato breeders have traditionally emphasized traits that improve production, like larger fruits and more fruits per plant. As a result, some traits that improved other important qualities, such as flavor and disease resistance, were lost.

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13-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712674

Superfacility Framework Advances Photosynthesis Research

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

For more than a decade, a team of international researchers led by Berkeley Lab bioscientists has been studying Photosystem II, a protein complex in green plants, algae, and cyanobacteria that plays a crucial role in photosynthesis. They’re now moving more quickly toward an understanding of this three-billion-year-old biological system, thanks to an integrated superfacility framework established between LCLS, ESnet, and NERSC.

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9-May-2019 4:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712550

The Secrets of Secretion: Isolating Eucalyptus Genes for Oils, Biofuel

Michigan Technological University

Close genetic analysis of 480 blue mallee eucalyptus plants provides clues to modify cultivars for greater yield, whether for essential oils or jet fuel.

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8-May-2019 10:35 AM EDT

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