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Pilotless Aircraft Will Play Critical Roles in Precision Agriculture

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Article outlines many of the potential roles drones can play in university research, and the advantages they can offer in speed, cost and data collection.

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Got Bees? Got Vitamin A? Got Malaria?

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A new study shows that more than half the people in some developing countries could become newly at risk for malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals — like bees — continue to decline.

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Environmental Scientists Find Antibiotics, Bacteria, Resistance Genes in Dust from Feedlots

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Researchers beginning to understand how antibiotic-resistant bacteria travel aerially.

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One Fish, Two Fish ─ Camera Counts Freshwater Fish, Which Could Help Combat Hydrilla

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A former UF/IFAS graduate student drains ponds to verify fish counted on video. This leads to findings that can help fisheries managers control the invasive hydrilla.

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Predators, Parasites, Pests and the Paradox of Biological Control

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When a bird swoops down and grabs a caterpillar devouring your backyard garden, you might view it as a clear victory for natural pest control.

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Humanity Has Exceeded 4 of 9 ‘Planetary Boundaries,’ According to Researchers

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An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a “safe operating space.” Civilization has crossed four of nine so-called planetary boundaries as the result of human activity, according to a report published today in Science by the 18-member research team.

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Wheat Yield to Decline as Temperatures Increase

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- For every degree Celsius that the temperature increases, the world stands to lose 6 percent of its wheat crop, according to a new global study led by a University of Florida scientist. That’s one fourth of the annual global wheat trade, which reached 147 million tons in 2013.

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UF/IFAS Study: Wheat Yield to Decline as Temperatures Increase

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Production of wheat, one of the world's most important food crops, will decline as temperatures increase, a finding made possible by pooling computer models worldwide, in a study led by a UF/IFAS researcher.

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Research Finds Salt Tolerance Gene in Soybean

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A collaborative research project between Australian and Chinese scientists has shown how soybean can be bred to better tolerate soil salinity.

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Hello People, Goodbye Soil

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In North America, European colonization and agriculture led to as much soil loss in just decades as would have occurred naturally in thousands of years, new research shows. Scientists from the University of Vermont and London have, for the first time, precisely quantified natural rates of erosion in ten US river basins to compare with modern ones.