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Article ID: 703675

Plant Detective: Missouri S&T Professor Studies Plants as “Bio-Sentinels” of Indoor Pollution

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Behold the common house plant, the front-yard shrub, the rhododendron around back that’s seen better days since the next-door neighbors put their home on the market.They brighten our lawns, increase our property values, even boost our mental and physical health by reducing carbon dioxide levels.For Dr. Joel Burken at Missouri University of Science and Technology, such plants are far more valuable than as mere window dressing.

8-Nov-2018 4:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 703301

Waking Sleeping Plants with Plasmas

American Physical Society (APS)

A critical concern for commercial farmers is to have good and synchronized tree growth. The problem in mild winter climates is that plants do not receive enough chilling, and growth resumption becomes spread out with some buds even failing to grow. Now scientists from Jazan University have discovered an effective new way to control the dormancy of grapes and other fruiting plants, by using high-tech plasmas to wake them from their winter's slumber. They will present the work next week at the APS 71st Annual Gaseous Electronics Conference and 60th Annual meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, Nov. 5-9.

2-Nov-2018 1:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 703653

Study: Tall Plants More Likely to become Invasive

University of Vermont

New research from the University of Vermont provides insight to help predict which plants are likely to become invasive in a particular community. The results showed that non-native plants are more likely to become invasive when they possess biological traits that are different from the native community and that plant height can be a competitive advantage.

8-Nov-2018 1:05 PM EST

Article ID: 703659

Scientists find great diversity, novel molecules in microbiome of tree roots

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered that communities of microbes living near tree roots are ten times more diverse than the human microbiome and produce a cornucopia of novel molecules that could be useful as antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs.

8-Nov-2018 12:05 PM EST

Article ID: 703581

Interdisciplinary Team Wins NSF Grant to Tackle “Potentially Transformative” FEW Project

New York Institute of Technology

Faculty members from New York Institute of Technology are poised to leverage technology to transform agriculture by developing an in-ground, real-time soil nutrient sensing system, with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

7-Nov-2018 4:05 PM EST

Article ID: 703519

Citrus Advisory System May Help Prevent Losses From Postbloom Fruit Drop

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

A new University of Florida-developed forecasting system could help citrus growers control postbloom fruit drop this winter, despite the predicted El Niño weather pattern that’s expected to bring more rain and moderate temperatures.

7-Nov-2018 9:05 AM EST

Article ID: 703408

What Are Some Fun Facts About Cranberries for Thanksgiving?

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without cranberries. But how much do you know about these tart berries? The Nov. 7 Sustainable, Secure Food blog has loads of cranberry facts, ripe for your feasting table!

7-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST

Article ID: 703410

From Lotion to Ocean Liner

University of Delaware

An eco-friendly technology for greener cosmetics and cleaner engine lubricants, made from approximately 50 percent biomass (grasses, corn husks, wood chips, etc.) and 50 percent common cooking oil.

6-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST

Article ID: 703391

Plant breeders tap robots, drones and AI to feed the world

Cornell University

Digital innovations in agriculture, including robots, drones and artificial intelligence (AI), are part of a new arsenal of tools plant breeders are using to feed the world’s population. The Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) leverages digital innovations in agriculture to improve the sustainability, profitability, resiliency and efficiency of the world’s food systems.

5-Nov-2018 12:05 PM EST

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