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

Geological records reveal sea-level rise threatens UK salt marshes, study says
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(Rutgers University) Sea-level rise will endanger valuable salt marshes across the United Kingdom by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, according to an international study co-authored by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, salt marshes in southern and eastern England face a high risk of loss by 2040, according to the study, to be published in Nature Communications. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Research shows pesticides influence bee learning and memory
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(British Ecological Society) A large-scale study published by researchers from Royal Holloway University of London has drawn together the findings of a decade of agrochemical research to confirm that pesticides used in crop protection have a significant negative impact on the learning and memory abilities of bees. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Expansion of agricultural land reduces carbon dioxide absorption
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Plants absorb some of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. But increasing deforestation and other changes in land use will reduce the carbon dioxide absorption capacity of these areas in the future, researchers have found. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Small bee 'pollen thieves' are not effective bumblebee substitutes
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As bumblebees decline, what other busy bees could step in? A new study shows that other bees might do more harm than good. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Is a product's label the last castle of protectionism? Should it be? - Data analysis in agriculture|agristats
Means of protectionism in the past have been applied in order to enhance or retain the national or regional competitive advantage. www.agristats.eu/en/is-a-pr...
Reining in soil's nitrogen chemistry
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The compound urea is currently the most popular nitrogen soil fertilizer. It's a way to get plants the nitrogen they need to grow. There's just one problem with urease: it works too well! New research suggests farmers may have a choice in how they slow the release of nitrogen, depending on their soil's acidity. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Discovering 'virtual' resources in the national food system
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(University of Pittsburgh) To better integrate sustainability across multiple production systems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded two professors from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering a $305,764 grant for their research into the interconnectivity of US food, energy, and water resources. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Researchers discover natural product that could lead to new class of commercial herbicide
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(UCLA Samueli School of Engineering) A team of UCLA engineers and scientists discovered a new and potentially highly effective type of weed killer. This finding could lead to the first new class of commercial herbicides in more than 30 years, an important outcome as weeds continue to develop resistance to current herbicide regimens. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Success of conservation efforts for important Caribbean Reef fish hinges on climate change
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(University of Texas at Austin) Marine scientists predict climate change might severely hinder efforts to protect populations of the endangered and iconic Nassau grouper by the end of this century. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Climate change linked to potential population decline in bees
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(Northwestern University) A new study from Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden has found that climate change may drive local extinction of mason bees in Arizona and other naturally warm climates. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...