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By Switching 'Bait,' IU Biologists Trick Plants' Bacterial Defense Into Attacking Virus

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Scientists at Indiana University have modified a plant gene that normally fights bacterial infection to confer resistance to a virus. The method, described in a paper to be published Feb. 12 in the journal Science, is the first time a plant’s innate defense system has been altered to deliver resistance to a new disease.

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Decade of Rising Seas Slowed by Land Soaking Up Extra Water, UCI and NASA Find

New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise.

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Tall Fescue and Fungal Endophyte Cooperation Varied

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Scientists hope to find “an ideal combination” of plant, endophyte, environment, and genetic interactions

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Safeguarding U.S. Wheat: Kansas State University Researchers Staying Ahead of Wheat Blast Disease

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Kansas State University researchers have received $6.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 2009 to keep a devastating wheat fungus out of the country's farm fields.

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Rutgers Microbiologist Helped Crack the Genetic Code That Revolutionized Medicine and Agriculture

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When Joachim Messing discovered a way to crack the genetic code of humans and plants like rice, corn and wheat, he did not patent his work. Instead, he gave away the tools he invented – for free – to his fellow scientists around the world because he believed it was vital for future research.

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UF/IFAS – Saving the World One Great Idea at a Time at ONE WORLD Summit

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Today’s students will be the world’s leaders in 2050, when the population is expected to reach 9 billion people; they will face issues like overcrowding, food security, energy and water management, and climate change. UF's ONE WORLD summit addresses these issues by bringing together a diverse group of educators and students, Extension professionals, community development personnel, corporate partners and policy makers.

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Healing the Soil

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Chicago’s history of industrialization and urbanization left its mark on the soil. Soil acts as a sponge, and can host contaminants for years. In Chicago, the waste from industrial manufacturing causes undesirable toxic organic chemicals, heavy metals, and other chemicals to linger in the soil. This can pose problems for the health of the humans and plants that inhabit the land years later. A non-profit youth development center hopes to repurpose lots into useful spaces for the community. However, the poor quality soils in the lots create challenges.

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UF Receives $6.7 Million in Federal Funds to Fight Citrus Greening

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“Citrus greening has affected more than 75 percent of Florida citrus crops and threatens production all across the United States,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The research and extension projects funded today bring us one step closer to providing growers real tools to fight this disease, from early detection to creating long-term solutions for the industry, producers and workers.”

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Cornell Food Safety Expert Available to Comment on Chipotle Closures

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Agricultural Policies in Africa Could Be Harming the Poorest

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Agricultural policies aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa could be making things worse, according to research by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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Ag and Food Research Funding Supported

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Innovation needed to meet 21st century challenges

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DHS S&T Announces Winners of National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Think-and-Do Challenge

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced the winners of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Think-and-Do Challenge.

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Researchers Create Synthetic Biopathway to Turn Agriculture Waste Into ‘Green’ Products

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.

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UF/IFAS Encourages Floridians to Take Up Beekeeping, Hosting Annual Bee College March 4-5

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Florida hives are on the rise. According to statistics with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as of Feb. 1, Florida has 3,957 registered beekeepers and more than 500,000 hives. That is a substantial increase from 10 years ago, when Florida reached an all-time low of only about 150,000 hives and just 650 registered beekeepers.

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Organic Agriculture Key to Feeding the World Sustainably

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Study analyzes 40 years of science against 4 areas of sustainability.

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Scientists Discover How Plants Tailor Growth to the Seasons

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Not Your Grandfather’s Cotton

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Cotton's genetic history is full of surprises. From transoceanic travels to inter-species cross-breedings, cotton’s story is one of plant and seed survival, adaptation, and human cultivation. What started as a naturally tough, unspinnable fiber has been transformed into something most folks adore for its soft, comforting feel.

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Risk of Lead Poisoning From Urban Gardening Is Low, New Study Finds

A new University of Washington study looked at potential risks associated with growing vegetables in urban gardens and determined that the benefits of locally produced vegetables in cities outweigh any risks from gardening in contaminated soils.

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Researchers Figure Out How Super-Hot Peppers Pack Their Punch

Researchers at NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute have discovered that super-hot chile peppers, those with more than one million Scoville Heat Units, are built differently than other peppers.

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How Plant Science Can Grow Small Business

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UA mushroom experts are teaching a workshop on how to raise mushrooms — a highly lucrative crop.