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Article ID: 712783

UV light could cut costs, control crop diseases in fungus fight

Cornell University

Thanks to the work of an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Cornell AgriTech’s David Gadoury, farmers may no longer have to rely exclusively on fungicides to suppress destructive plant pathogens like powdery mildew. Over the last five years, researchers have refined the science and applied technology behind using ultraviolet (UV) light to kill the fungi that causes powdery mildew (PM), opening the door for the technology’s use to control other plant pathogens.

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13-May-2019 1:05 PM 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: 712562

Medicinal mushroom newly reported from Thailand helps reveal optimum growth conditions

Pensoft Publishers

A species of globally recognised medicinal mushroom was recorded for the first time in Thailand. Commonly referred to as lingzhi, the fungus (Ganoderma tropicum)

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8-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712496

Neutrons Investigate Tomatoes for Insights Into Interplant Chatter

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers from Xavier University used neutrons at ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor to observe how plants communicate via underground networks of fungal hyphae. Insights gained could lead to improved agricultural applications that enable farmers to tactically introduce pesticides into an environment so that unwanted weeds are destroyed while valuable crops remain unharmed.

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7-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712456

Growing Ag and Food Tech Company Establishes St. Louis Headquarters with Expanded Footprint

Benson Hill Biosystems

“We chose to expand our presence in St. Louis because of its leadership in plant science and commitment to innovation,” said Matthew Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill.

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7-May-2019 11:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712407

Banana disease boosted by climate change

University of Exeter

Climate change has raised the risk of a fungal disease that ravages banana crops, new research shows.

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6-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 712403

IPBES: Nature's dangerous decline 'unprecedented,' species extinction rates 'accelerating'

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history -- and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating

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6-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712352

Climate extremes explain 18%-43% of global crop yield variations

University of New South Wales

Researchers from Australia, Germany and the US have quantified the effect of climate extremes

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3-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 712326

Study to Help Heat-Stressed Dairy Cows Weather Increasing Temperatures

Cornell University

A warming world represents a growing threat to the dairy industry. With climate change pushing global temperatures higher, finding scientific solutions that protect the well-being and productivity of dairy cows is critical. A Cornell researcher has won a grant to do just that.

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2-May-2019 4:30 PM EDT

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