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Article ID: 567829

On Organic Coffee Farm, Complex Interactions Keep Pests Under Control

University of Michigan

Proponents of organic farming often speak of nature's balance in ways that sound almost spiritual, prompting criticism that their views are unscientific and naïve. At the other end of the spectrum are those who see farms as battlefields where insect pests and plant diseases must be vanquished with the magic bullets of modern agriculture: pesticides, fungicides and the like.

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26-Aug-2010 11:45 AM EDT
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Article ID: 567378

Black Rice Rivals Pricey Blueberries as Source of Healthful Antioxidants

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Health conscious consumers who hesitate at the price of fresh blueberries and blackberries, fruits renowned for high levels of healthful antioxidants, now have an economical alternative. It is black rice, one variety of which got the moniker “Forbidden Rice” in ancient China because nobles commandeered every grain for themselves and forbade the common people from eating it. Scientists will present the study at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.

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19-Aug-2010 10:00 AM EDT

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Article ID: 567404

“Soyscreen:” Sunscreen for Fungus to Expand Biological Control of Crop Pests

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Scientists at the 240th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition today described development and successful initial tests on a substance that acts as a sunscreen for the microscopic spores of a fungus, brightening prospects for wider use of the fungus as a means of wiping out insect pests that attack food crops.

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19-Aug-2010 10:00 AM EDT

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Article ID: 567382

Biosensors-On-Four-Feet Detect Animals Infected with Bird Flu

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Blood hounds may soon have a new partner ― disease detector dogs ― thanks to an unusual experiment in which scientists trained mice to identify feces of ducks infected with bird flu. Reported at the American Chemical Society’s 240th National Meeting, the study may pave the way for development of biosensors-on-four-feet that warn of infection with influenza and other diseases.

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19-Aug-2010 10:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 567688

Pharmaceuticals and Herbicides: Close Cousins That Can Offer New Paths for Drugs

Allen Press Publishing

Many pharmaceuticals have a lot in common with herbicides. In fact, for years most pharmaceutical companies had accompanying agrochemical divisions. When particular biological functions are targeted by a chemical compound, it could apply both to humans and to plants, as in the case of a fungicide. A compound developed as a pharmaceutical has at times found a better use as an herbicide or pesticide, and vice versa.

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24-Aug-2010 11:30 AM EDT
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Article ID: 567642

Plants Give Up Some Deep Secrets of Drought Resistance

University of Wisconsin-Madison

In a study that promises to fill in the fine details of the plant world's blueprint for surviving drought, a team of Wisconsin researchers has identified in living plants the set of proteins that help them withstand water stress.

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19-Aug-2010 2:15 PM EDT

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Article ID: 567380

Eating Berries May Activate the Brain’s Natural Housekeeper for Healthy Aging

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Scientists today reported the first evidence that eating blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may help the aging brain stay healthy in a crucial but previously unrecognized way. Their study, presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), concluded that berries, and possibly walnuts, activate the brain’s natural “housekeeper” mechanism, which cleans up and recycles toxic proteins linked to age-related memory loss and other mental decline.

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19-Aug-2010 10:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 567606

Keeping Tabs on the Next Generation of Transgenic Crops

Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists develop framework to monitor second-generation transgenic crops.

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18-Aug-2010 4:40 PM EDT
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Article ID: 567375

Electrifying Findings: New Ways of Boosting Healthful Antioxidant Levels in Potatoes

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Scientists in Japan are busy zapping potatoes and, as a result, the fifth most popular food consumed around the world may one day become an even more healthful vegetable. The researchers reported their results at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) being held here this week.

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19-Aug-2010 10:00 AM EDT

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Article ID: 567564

Forecasting the Fate of Fertilizer in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

USDA, Office of Research, Education, and Economics

Reducing the runoff from plant nutrients that can eventually wash into the Chesapeake Bay could someday be as easy as checking the weather forecast, thanks in part to work by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.

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18-Aug-2010 8:00 AM EDT

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