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Article ID: 702459

Genetic behavior reveals cause of death in poplars essential to ecosystems, industry

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists studying a valuable, but vulnerable, species of poplar have identified the genetic mechanism responsible for the species’ inability to resist a pervasive and deadly disease. Their finding could lead to more successful hybrid poplar varieties for increased biofuels and forestry production and protect native trees against infection.

18-Oct-2018 5:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 702283

Penetrating the soil’s surface with radar

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

Ground penetrating radar measures the amount of moisture in soil quickly and easily. Researchers' calculations from the data informs agricultural water use and climate models.

17-Oct-2018 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 702329

UF/IFAS-led Study May Lead to More Heat-Tolerant Rice

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Rice, the most widely consumed food crop in the world, takes a beating in hot weather. To combat the high temperatures, a global group of scientists, led by a University of Florida researcher, has found the genetic basis to breed a more heat-tolerant rice cultivar.

17-Oct-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 702264

New UF/IFAS Entomologist: From a Kid’s ‘Lab’ to Helping Citrus Growers

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Lauren Diepenbrock works as the lead citrus extension entomologist focused on integrated pest management (IPM) programs at the Citrus Research and Education Center.

16-Oct-2018 8:05 AM EDT


Agriculture, Plants

Article ID: 702220

Study Reveals Best Use of Wildflowers to Benefit Crops on Farms

Cornell University

For the first time, a Cornell study of strawberry crops on New York farms tested this theory and found that wildflower strips on farms added pollinators when the farm lay within a “Goldilocks zone,” where 25 to 55 percent of the surrounding area contained natural lands. Outside this zone, flower plantings also drew more strawberry pests, while having no effect on wasps that kill those pests.

15-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 702182

Global Warming Will Have Us Crying in What’s Left of Our Beer

University of California, Irvine

On top of rising sea levels, stronger hurricanes and worsening wildfires, scientists project that human-caused climate change will result in one of the most dire consequences imaginable: a disruption in the global beer supply.

15-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 702106

Applying Auto Industry’s Fuel-Efficiency Standards to Agriculture Could Net Billions in Corn Sector, Researchers Conclude

New York University

Adopting benchmarks similar to the fuel-efficiency standards used by the auto industry in the production of fertilizer could yield $5-8 billion in economic benefits for the U.S. corn sector alone, researchers have concluded in a new analysis.

12-Oct-2018 7:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 702150

What Are Those Wavy Bands in the Soil?

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Have you noticed wavy bands of soil along roads or paths? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Oct. 15 Soils Matter blog explains these horizontal soil waves and the unusual way they form.

15-Oct-2018 9:00 AM EDT

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