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Repellant Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away From Avocado Trees

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Florida avocados bring a $100 million-a-year impact to Florida’s economy, UF/IFAS economists say. They grow almost entirely in southern Miami-Dade County, but growers have battled the laurel wilt fungus, which can kill redbay and avocado trees, since it arrived in Georgia in 2003.

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NMSU Forest Researchers Evaluate Nursery Protocol to Improve Survival Rate of Seedlings

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Because of the increasing severity of forest fires in New Mexico and Arizona in recent years, there are approximately 118,000 acres of high severity devastation that need reforestation, according to a white paper by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Camelina, Canola, California crop, water use, Crops, Oilseed, oilseed crops, Biofuel

Cultivating Cool-for-Cash-Crop

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Canola and camelina are cool-season crops that produce oilseeds. Soon they may find a home in California fields as a rotational crop with smart water use and high demand.

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Forrest Chumley Receives International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium Award

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In January 2017, at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG) in San Diego, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) presented Forrest Chumley with a Certificate of Appreciation for his vision and 10 years of dedication to and support of the IWGSC.

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UF/IFAS Researchers Find Potential Bugs to Eat Invasive Cogongrass

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Cogongrass displaces pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems. UF/IFAS professor James Cuda and his team are focusing on the Orseolia javanica midge that causes cogongrass to produce linear galls at the expense of leaves.

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Soil Will Absorb Less Atmospheric Carbon Than Expected This Century

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Some global models underestimate the mean age of soil carbon. This underestimation results in an overestimation of soil’s carbon sequestration potential.

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Maize Study Finds Genes That Help Crops Adapt to Change

A new study analyzed close to 4,500 maize varieties to identify more than 1,000 genes driving large-scale adaptation to the environment.

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Thoroughbred Worker Health and Safety Study Results in Free Bilingual Safety Materials

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Researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health create bilingual safety guides for horse farm workers.

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Foot-and-Mouth Crises to Be Averted with Vaccination Strategy

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Future outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) can be controlled effectively and quickly with vaccinations – saving millions of pounds and hundreds of thousands of livestock – according to research by the University of Warwick.

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A Few Facts About Wheat

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This infographic presents key facts about wheat: production, cultivation, consumption, export value.

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Snow and Soil in Cooperation

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Snow is fun for sledding and skiing, but what is its role in soil protection? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) February 15 Soils Matter blog post explains the crucial role of snow for healthy soils.

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Popping Potential of Sorghum

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Eating popcorn has long been synonymous with watching movies. But soon you might find yourself reaching for another popped snack option—popped sorghum.

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Plants, Drought, drought resistance, abscisic acid, ABA hormone, Molecular, Protein, molecule interactions, Saurabh Shukla, Moeen Meigooni, Chuankai Zhao, Diwakar Shukla, University Of Illinois, Biophysical Society 61st Meeting, Biophysical Society

How a Plant Resists Drought

Climate change will bring worsening droughts that threaten crops. One potential way to protect crops is by spraying them with a compound that induces the plants to become more drought resistant. Now, by identifying the key molecular mechanism that enables a plant to minimize water loss, researchers may be one step closer to that goal.

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Perdue Must Be Voice of Reason in Trump Cabinet

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How About Another Sweet, Juicy Strawberry, Courtesy of UF/IFAS?

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When you bite into a Florida strawberry for Valentine’s Day or National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27, you savor sweetness and juice. That’s what you’ll find in all varieties bred by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

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Agriculture, population growth and food shortages, Population Growth, Drones, Plant Genetics, Food

UGA Scientists Use Robots and Drones to Accelerate Plant Genetic Research, Improve Crop Yield

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A team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and aerial drones that can quickly and accurately gather and analyze data on the characteristics of crops.

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Reuters Media Award to Boost Sustainable Ag Coverage

Through May 31, 2017, The Thomas Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition are calling all journalists, bloggers, freelancers, and individuals covering a variety of food issues to enter for a chance to win nearly US$11,000, an all-expenses paid media training program, and access to an audience one billion strong.

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Grow, Mow, Mulch: Finding Lawn’s Value

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Can grassy lawns affect carbon and nitrogen in the soil? Researchers found grass species and mowing habits can make a difference.







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