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U.S. Land Capacity for Feeding People Could Expand with Dietary Changes

A new “food-print” model that measures the per-person land requirements of different diets suggests that, with dietary changes, the U.S. could feed significantly more people from existing agricultural land.

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New Method Could Quash Squash Pests

Florida grows more zucchini squash than anywhere else in America – to the tune of $70 million a year. To help improve production, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are developing a method to keep squash pests at bay.

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Can Palm Oil Be Sustainable?

A new study shows to where and to what extent palm oil plantations could be expanded, while avoiding further deforestation in pristine and carbon-rich tropical forests.

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More for Less in Pastures

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Research comparing pastures with multiple types of plants to those with less variety shows surprising results in land productivity and soil health.

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After the Age of Dinosaurs Came the Age of Ant Farmers

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A group of South American ants has farmed fungi since shortly after the dinosaurs died out, according to an international research team including Smithsonian scientists. The genes of the ant farmers and their fungal crops reveal a surprisingly ancient history of mutual adaptations. This evolutionary give-and-take has led to some species--the leafcutter ants--developing industrial-scale farming that surpasses human agriculture in its efficiency.

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Energy Department Grants $2.5M for Biorefinery Waste Use, Renewable Bioproduct Study

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The US DOE grants $2.5 million to Texas A&M AgriLife Research to turn biorefinery waste into new products. "It's said anything but money can be made of lignin. Yet, that is the majority of what's left in the biorefinery plants," said Dr. Joshua Yuan, project leader. "Until we resolve this problem, biorefinery is not going to become economically viable."

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UF/IFAS-Developed Web Tool Saves Money for Strawberry Growers in Several States

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The Strawberry Advisory System, which tells growers when to spray fungicide, has been shown to save Florida strawberry growers $1.7 million a year. It is now being used in several other states, including Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina and California.

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UF/IFAS Scientist Digging Into Artichokes as Alternative Crop

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Shinsuke Agehara, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of horticultural sciences, thinks he can overcome the chill requirements of growing artichokes. Based at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida, Agehara recently received a nearly $90,000 federal grant to study how to establish an artichoke system for Florida growers.

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The Power of Scientific Meetings

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Researchers begin collaboration on research as a result of 2013 Fukushima symposium

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How Are Beaches Restored? The Benefits of Calcification; Aggressive Behavior in City Birds, and More in the Environment News Source

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Cornell Experts Applaud House Passing GMO Labeling Bill Which President Is Expected to Sign

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US Holds Potential to Produce Billion Tons of Biomass, Support Bioeconomy

The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, concludes that the United States has the potential to sustainably produce at least 1 billion dry tons of nonfood biomass resources annually by 2040.

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Mantis Shrimp Roll Their Eyes to Improve Their Vision

Imagine rolling your eyes to help you see more clearly. Although it wouldn't work for humans, new research published today in Nature Communications has shown mantis shrimp use eye rotations to enhance their polarization vision.

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Danforth Plant Science Center and Valent BioSciences Will Collaborate in Unique Root Science Initiative

Master Agreement will focus on improving agriculture with non-destructive imaging technology for root growth dynamics.

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New Hybrid Sweetgum Trees Could Boost Paper, Bioenergy Production

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Researchers at UGA have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round.

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Subtropical Cornwall Climate Could Mean Exotic New Crops

The subtropical weather in Cornwall means new exotic crops such as quinoa and Japanese persimmon are now more likely to succeed, according to a new technique developed by University of Exeter experts to monitor the climate.

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Q-Biotype Whitefly Expands to 8 Florida Counties

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Crops that could eventually be affected include tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals, said Lance Osborne, an entomology professor at UF/IFAS.

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Kansas State University Researchers Study Immigration From Central America to Rural Kansas

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Alisa Garni, associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University, and her student team are conducting long-term, in-depth ethnographic research on Central American immigrants in Kansas.

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Urgent Action Needed to Protect Dwindling Fish Populations in Eastern Pacific

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Members of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) must do more to follow through on critical commitments to protect tuna and shark populations in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The IATTC, the world’s oldest regional fishery management organization (RFMO) for tuna, meets June 27 to July 1 in La Jolla, California.