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For people who have an interest in the latest agricultural practices, technology, techniques and related applications. 

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Bacterial organizational complexities revealed
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(Michigan State University) For the first time, scientists have visualized the fine details of bacterial microcompartment shells -- the organisms' submicroscopic nanoreactors, which are comprised completely of protein. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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The EPA Quietly Approved Monsanto's New Genetic-Engineering Technology
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It’s the first time RNA interference will be used to kill insect pests. www.theatlantic.com/science...
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Pollinator extinctions alter structure of ecological networks
The absence of a single dominant bumblebee species from an ecosystem disrupts foraging patterns among a broad range of remaining pollinators in the system -- from other bees to butterflies, beetles and more, field experiments show. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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INTERVIEW-Mexico's native crops hold key to food security - ecologist
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"Biodiversity is there - you have to just select and use it" news.trust.org/item/2017061...
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Plants sacrifice 'daughters' to survive chilly weather
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Plants adopt different strategies to survive the changing temperatures of their natural environments. This is most evident in temperate regions where forest trees shed their leaves to conserve energy during the cold season. In a new study, a team of plant biologists found that some plants may selectively kill part of their roots to survive under cold weather conditions. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Possible enhanced pesticide absorption from fresh food via nanoemulsions
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(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientist David Julian McClements will lead a team that has received a three-year, $444,550 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study the possibility that eating food nanoemulsions found in dressings, dips or sauces might increase the amount of pesticides absorbed from co-ingested fruits and vegetables, thus increasing risk of adverse health effects. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Latest advances in malaria research in free eBook by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
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(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHLP) today announced a grant from the J.C. Flowers Foundation (JCFF) to support the free eBook distribution of the research monograph, Malaria: Biology in the Era of Eradication.
JCFF funding enables this newly published title to reach scientists, clinicians and care-givers throughout malaria-endemic areas such as Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Spatial database of the world's rice production to address research and policy questions on food security
Rice is an important food source for a majority of the world population. Worldwide, on average around 60 kilograms of rice is consumed per year per person. Researchers from all over the world have developed the RiceAtlas: a spatial database that answers key questions like where, when and how much rice is grown globally. The database has just been made publicly available. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Optimizing feeding is necessary to maintain milk production in organic herds
Currently, agriculture accounts for approximately 9% of total US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By varying diet formulation and the associated crop production to supply the diet, farmers can affect the quantity of GHG emissions of various feeding systems. Therefore, researchers have created a study to compare the effects of feeding strategies and the associated crop hectares on GHG emissions of Wisconsin certified organic dairy farms. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Warming temperatures threaten sea turtles
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(Swansea University) This research suggests that that warmer temperatures associated with climate change may lead to higher numbers of female sea turtles and increased nest failure. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...