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Genomic study explores evolution of gentle 'killer bees' in Puerto Rico
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(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A
study of Puerto Rico's Africanized honey bees -- which are more docile than other so-called 'killer bees' -- shows they retain most of the genetic traits of their African honey bee ancestors, but that a few regions of their DNA have become more like those of European honey bees. These changes likely contributed to the bees' rapid evolution toward gentleness in Puerto Rico, a change that occurred within 30 years, and could spell hope for be... www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Gene drive technologies for ecosystem conservation: Use with care!
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(PLOS) Scientists working in the vanguard of new genetic technologies have issued a cautionary call to ensure that possible applications in conservation will only affect local populations. In an article publishing Nov. 16 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, Neil Gemmell from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and Kevin Esvelt of MIT examine the possible consequences of the accidental spread of existing self-propagating gene drive systems. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
As ethanol cropland grew, carbon releases undercut climate goal, study says
Government incentives were aimed at greenhouse gases, but corn sprawl set off major emissions, UW-Madison research suggests. host.madison.com/wsj/news/l...
Seals, birds and humans compete for fish in the Baltic Sea
In Sweden and in other parts of Europe there are concerns that seals and birds compete with humans for fish resources. For the Baltic Sea, an international study now shows that this competition is a reality. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
'Golden' potato delivers bounty of vitamins A and E
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(Ohio State University) An experimental 'golden' potato could hold the power to prevent disease and death in developing countries where residents rely heavily upon the starchy food for sustenance, new research suggests. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Pacific Island countries could lose 50 -- 80% of fish in local waters under climate change
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(Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program) Many Pacific Island nations will lose 50 to 80 percent of marine species in their waters by the end of the 21st century if climate change continues unchecked, finds a new Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program study published in Marine Policy. This area of the ocean is projected to be the most severely impacted by aspects of climate change. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
La Via Campesina responds to COP23 calls for Peasant Agroecology
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Our call for system change is urgent because the damage is growing. Commons, including land, forests and water, must be protected and restored to the people. viacampesina.org/en/via-cam...
New study 'sheds light' on sun's role in mitigating fungal disease of mango fruit
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(American Phytopathological Society) The occurrence of stem end rot (SER) during storage means major losses for mango fruit growers and suppliers. In a recent Phytobiomes journal article, Diskin and colleagues show promising new research that explores sunlight's role in cultivating a beneficial mix of microorganisms that help mitigate SER. The research, discussed through their article titled, 'Microbiome Alterations Are Correlated with Occurrence of Postharvest Stem-End Rot in Mango Fr... www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
MSU biologists have found out how long can microorganisms live on Mars
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(Lomonosov Moscow State University) Researchers from Lomonosov MSU, Faculty of Soil Science, have studied the resistance microorganisms have against gamma radiation in very low temperatures. The results have been published in the Extremophiles journal www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
Boost your plant nutrition and agricultural output with the best fertilizers
Providing proper nutrients to the plants is essential for their healthy growth. Usually, plants take nutrition from the soil. But if the soil has lost its fertility, then you have to add the essent… agromastercommy.wordpress.c...