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When residents take charge of their rainforests, fewer trees die
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(Ohio State University) When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don't disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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I 0 can combining agriculture with solar power help small farming businesses survive
Small farmers in Japan hope the tactic will help stabilize their incomes by letting them sell both energy and produce.
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Early trilobites had stomachs, new fossil study finds
Exceptionally preserved trilobite fossils from China, dating back to more than 500 million years ago, have revealed new insights into the extinct marine animal's digestive system. The new study shows that at least two trilobite species evolved a stomach structure 20 million years earlier than previously thought. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Agricultural machines with their names and uses - Meropaper
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Different farm tools and equipment and their functions – Agricultural Science Farm equipments and tool i) Tillage equipment ii) Seeding and planting equipment iii) Intercultural equipment iv) Irrigation equipment iv) Harvesting and threshing equipment i) Tillage equipment: Tillage is physical manipulation of soil in order to get desirable condition of the seed bed for seed sowing and have desirable growth of plant. There are two types of tillage:- a) Primary Tillage equipment: It is defined a... meropaper.com/agricultural-...
A Cereal survives heat and drought
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(University of Vienna) An international consortium around the biologist Wolfram Weckwerth has published the genome sequence of Pearl millet, a drought resistant crop plant most important in aride regions in Africa and Asia. This plant is important to small and medium farmers who grow the plant without larger irrigation. Pearl millet delivers a good harvest index under drought and heat conditions when rice, maize or wheat already have no grains anymore. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
How Agriculture Came to Be a Political Weapon—And What That Means for Farmers
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In his new book, Ted Genoways follows a family farm and the ways they’re impacted by geopolitics www.smithsonianmag.com/hist...
Deep roots in plants driven by soil hydrology
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(Rutgers University) Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between species and soil conditions, will play a key role in plants' adaptation to climate change, said Ying Fan Reinfelder, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Environmental Sciences. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Ozark grasslands experience major increase in trees and shrubs
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(University of California - Davis) Woody vegetation, such as trees and shrubs, has increased dramatically in Ozark grasslands over the past 75 years, according to a study published this week in the journal Landscape Ecology. If these ecosystems continue to favor woody vegetation, will it be possible to maintain open grasslands for the foreseeable future? www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Scientists show molecular basis for ants acting as 'bodyguards' for plants
Though you might not think of ants as formidable bodyguards, some do an impressive job protecting plants from enemies. Examing the relationship between the Amazon rainforest plant Cordia nodosa in Peru and the ant species Allomerus octoarticulatus, scientists found the degree to which the ants express two genes significantly impacts the amount of protection they provide to their hosts. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Breaking legume's crop wild relative barrier
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(American Society of Agronomy) In a new study, scientists report significant strides in transferring disease- and stress-resistance traits from wild relatives of several legumes to their domesticated varieties. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...