Study shows that getting pesticide reduction policies right is crucial for food security

The term peri-urban agriculture is generally used to describe the cultivation of plants and livestock on the fringes of large population centres. However, factors such as urban expansion, rising labour costs and limited…

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New CRISPR-combo boosts genome editing power in plants

Ten years ago, a new technology called CRISPR-CAS9, made it possible for scientists to change the genetic code of living organisms. As revolutionary as it was, the tool had its…

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Function follows form in plant immunity

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) and the University of Cologne, Germany, have discovered a novel biochemical mechanism explaining how immune proteins defend plants against…

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Deforestation and climate change threaten Brazil’s new agricultural frontier

Deforestation for agribusiness expansion in Brazil, in conjunction with climate change, has worsened the already severe drought suffered in the last decade by the transition zone between the eastern Amazon…

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A critical assessment of the 2006 Abuja Declaration for nitrogen use in Sub-Saharan Africa

In 2006, the Abuja declaration brought together states of the African Union to collectively recommend an increase in fertilizer nitrogen (N) use from 8 kg ha−1 to 50 kg ha−1 by 2015…

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Soil pH drives the distribution of soil bacterial communities along a short elevational gradient

Soil microbes are highly diverse and play a key role in the regulation of biogeochemical cycling processes and the maintenance of ecosystem functions. Knowledge of the elevational distribution patterns of…

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Northrop Grumman’s 17th resupply mission carries science experiments, technology demonstrations to space station

Scientific investigations on skin aging and tumor cells, along with tests of technology for oxygen production, batteries, and growing plants, all travel on the 17th Northrop Grumman commercial resupply services mission to…

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Exploring fish flow from fisheries to supper

Recent breakthroughs in multiple fields of study now allow researchers to follow the entire life cycle of ocean fishes—from when and where they are spawned, to where they disperse and…

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$10M project aims for more pest-resilient food options in Asia

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new Cornell University-led project will accelerate the application of a proven biotechnology to enhance food and nutritional security in Bangladesh and the Philippines while protecting the…

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How plants respond to heat stress

It may be hard to remember in winter, but July 2021 was the hottest month ever documented. In the USA, the mean temperature was higher than the average for July…

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