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Ranchers, Invasive Plant Species, department of agriculture, Research, weed management, bioeconomic model, economic consequences, field experiments, weed species, harmful chemicals

Wichita State University Invasive Species Research Will Aid Kansas Ranchers

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Two Wichita State University professors are conducting research on an invasive plant species to assist Kansas ranchers in their practices.

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Pulses, peas, winter hardiness, cover crop, International Year of Pulses

Winter Pulse, Spring Harvest

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Pulses, and in this case dry peas, are a flexible crop with many benefits. They work well for growers when rotated with other crops, delivering long-term benefits to the soil. They are wide adaptable for various rainfall zones. And, this new research shows they can even be planted in fall, a time when growers often have time for field work.

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‘Local Food Opinion Leaders’ Can Help Bridge Gap Between Farmers, Consumers

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As consumers increasingly desire local food, opinion leaders can encourage others to eat healthier food and, in doing so, improve the local economy, according to new University of Florida Food and Agricultural Sciences research.

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Plants, Food Security, CO2, Conservation

Molecular Signature Shows Plants Are Adapting to Increasing Atmospheric CO2

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Plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric CO2 according to a new study from the University of Southampton. The research provides insight into the long-term impacts of rising CO2 and the implications for global food security and nature conservation.

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Climate Change, Global Warming, Biofuels, Ethanol, Energy, FUEL, Agriculture, Enviroment

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Scientists to Study How Rice Adapts in Salty Soil Under $4 Million NSF Grant

A team of scientists will study the response of rice, a food staple for half the world’s population, in saline soil conditions under a four-year, $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research Program.

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Genome Sequencing May Help Avert Banana Armageddon

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in the Netherlands have discovered how three fungal diseases have evolved into a lethal threat to the world’s bananas.

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PIG, Swine, swine disease, HOG, hog management, pork, Vaccinate, Veterinary Medicine

Vaccine Developed for Devastating Pig Virus

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University of Saskatchewan scientists at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization International Vaccine Centre have developed and tested a prototype vaccine against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) which has so far killed more than eight million pigs and cost more than $400 million in lost income since 2013.

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Edible Food Packaging Made From Milk Proteins (Video)

At the grocery store, most foods — meats, breads, cheeses, snacks — come wrapped in plastic packaging. Not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, but thin plastic films are not great at preventing spoilage. And some plastics are suspected of leaching potentially harmful compounds into food. To address these issues, scientists are now developing a packaging film made of milk proteins — and it is even edible.

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From White House to Tacoma, WA, Urban Agriculture Is Growing

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University of Washington professor Sally Brown and collaborators have published the most extensive compilation to date explaining how to grow urban agriculture, and how doing so could save American cities.

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What’s Easier: Turning Off Water Indoors or Outside?

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Apparently, it’s more convenient to Florida residents to save water while brushing their teeth than to cut back on lawn irrigation, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences report.

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Tomato, Tomato Plant, Tomatoes, Food, Local Farmers

Texas Tomato Growers Slicing Into Vegetable Market with Fresh Fruit All Fall

Tomatoes are the Type B’s of the vegetable world: Laid-back, creative, collaborative.

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Avian, Agriculture (Food/Food Science), Agriculture, Farming, Chicken, chicken breast, Animal, Agricultural, Disease, Farm Animals, wooden floors

Axing Wooden Chicken Syndrome

Wooden breast syndrome can affect broiler chickens, making the meat hard and chewy, rendering the birds unmarketable. University of Delaware researchers are working to combat the disease that afflicts chicken bound for your dinner table.

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Soybean, Kudzu, Insect, pest, Gene, wild relative, Resistance, soy

Sayonara, Kudzu Bug?

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A few strains of wild soy are able to fight the kudzu bug by limiting the ability of its nymphs, or young, to survive. The next step is to identify which gene gives the soybeans this defense mechanism.

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Strawberries, Agriculture, methyl bromide, pest management

What Will California’s Strawberry Industry Do Without Methyl Bromide?

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2016 is the final year for the soil fumigant to be used in California crop fields.

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NewLeaf Symbiotics, Plant Science, Sustainable Agriculture

NewLeaf Symbiotics Secures Key Patents in Europe and Japan

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Both Markets Are Eager for Sustainable Agriculture Solutions

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Agriculture, Fertilizers/Pest Management, Food, Food Science, Nutrition, Nutrients

Sewage Sludge Could Make Great Sustainable Fertilizer

Ever thought of putting sewage on your plants? Scientists say thermally conditioned sewage sludge serves as an excellent fertilizer to improve soil properties. This was recently published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Nutrition. The major advantage over commercial fertilizers? Sustainable re-use of essential and finite phosphorus resources.

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Garden, soil, home garden, Gardener, Horticulture, cover crop, cover crops

What “Cover Crops” Could Home Gardeners Consider in the Fall?

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Cover crops offer many choices, many benefits

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UF/IFAS Scientists Zero in on Better Mandarin Traits

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In a newly published study, Fred Gmitter, a UF/IFAS horticultural sciences professor, and his colleagues found genetic markers for fruit quality traits that will be useful in future cultivar-breeding efforts.

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