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Robotic weeders: to a farm near you?
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(American Society of Agronomy) The future of weeding is here, and it comes in the form of a robot. Specialty crops such as lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions may be the first to benefit. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
New tipping point prediction model offers insights to diminishing bee colonies
A new method to predict tipping points -- the moment at which sudden change occurs in complex networked systems -- may offer insights that prevent colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon in which the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear, threatening the agricultural economy at a global level. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Species identification in the water bottle
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(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect water organisms without having to capture them first. For the first time, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) systematically investigated the effect of various environmental factors on environmental DNA analyses. By doing so, the researchers have made an important step towards the standardized application of this method for the monitoring of water bodies. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Closed marriage: An orchid that never blooms
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(Kobe University) 'When plants give up photosynthesis, this changes their relationship with other organisms, such as the insects who may pollinate them', comments Professor Suetsugu. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Northern corn leaf blight genes identified in new study
Midwestern corn growers know the symptoms of northern corn leaf blight all too well: greenish-gray lesions on the leaves that can add up to major yield losses if not detected and treated early. Corn resistance genes have been identified, but the fungal disease has found ways to sneak around corn's defenses. Now, researchers have discovered how the fungus is outsmarting corn, and they may be able to use this information to help corn fight back. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Scouting the eagles: Proof that protecting nests aids reproduction
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(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Reproduction among bald eagles in a remote national park in Minnesota was aided when their nests were protected from human disturbance, according to a study published today (Jan. 9, 2018) in the Journal of Applied Ecology. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Benefit Of Snow Plow -Victory Tractor Implements
There are many snow plow available these days. What we are offering to you come along with several sharp blades. Just connect hydraulic controls and enjoy farming. etractorimplements.com/prod...
Pan-European sampling campaign sheds light on the massive diversity of freshwater plankton
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(Pensoft Publishers) In a major pan-European study, a research team from Germany have successfully extracted environmental DNA from as many as 218 lakes to refute a long-year belief that vital microorganisms do not differ significantly between freshwater bodies and geographic regions the way plants and animals do. Their new-age approach to biodiversity studies resulted in the largest freshwater dataset along with a study published in the open access journal Metabarcoding and Metagenomics. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Worldwide importance of honey bees for natural habitats captured in new report
An unprecedented study integrating data from around the globe has shown that honey bees are the world's most important single species of pollinator in natural ecosystems and a key contributor to natural ecosystem functions. The report weaves together information from 80 plant-pollinator interaction networks. The results clearly identify the honey bee (Apis mellifera) as the single most frequent visitor to flowers of naturally occurring (non-crop) plants worldwide. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Rising CO2 is causing trouble in freshwaters too, study suggests
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(Cell Press) As carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere rise, more CO2 gets absorbed into seawater. As a result, the world's oceans have grown more acidic over time, causing a wide range of well-documented problems for marine animals and ecosystems. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on Jan. 11 present some of the first evidence that similar things are happening in freshwaters too. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...