Science News26/08/2014

The University of Arizona helped unravel the genetic code of the canola plant

The findings will help breeders select for desirable traits such as richer oil content and faster seed production. Other potential applications include modifying the quality of canola oil, making it more nutritious and adapting the plants to grow in more arid regions

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Science News23/07/2014

New way to solve global ecological problems by using the technology gene drives

The idea is not new, but the Harvard-based researchers have now outlined a technically feasible way to build gene drives that potentially could spread almost any genomic change through populations of sexually reproducing species

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Science News30/06/2014

Land grabbing could help feed at least 300 million people

According Italian-American researchers the maximum amount of food that could be produced from crops grown on acquired lands and the number of people that this could feed. They also compared the use of traditional farming techniques to industrialised agricultural methods, to come up with the yield gap

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Science News27/06/2014

Organic agriculture boosts biodiversity on farmlands

The study shows that even organic farms have to actively support biodiversity by, for example, conserving different habitats on their holdings

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Science News11/06/2014

Flowers' polarization patterns help bees find food

Bees use their ability to 'see' polarized light when foraging for food, researchers based at the University of Bristol have discovered. This is the first time bees have been found to use this ability for something other than navigation

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Science News26/05/2014

New roses need less care

Raspberry Vigarosa is one of the newer varieties in the Earth-Kind dwarf rose study at the Hammond Research Station

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Science News23/05/2014

Plant researchers sow seeds of major disease breakthrough

Breakthrough research carried out by The University of Western Australia and scientists in India and China has established that oilseed varieties resistant to the devastating fungal disease Sclerotinia can be bred readily

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Science News16/05/2014

Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition

The results showed a significant decrease in the concentrations of zinc, iron, and protein in C3 grains

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Science News16/05/2014

New link between neonicotinoids and collapse of honey bee colonies

Researchers demonstrated again in this study that neonicotinoids are highly likely to be responsible for triggering CCD in honey bee hives that were healthy prior to the arrival of winter

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Science News14/05/2014

Paleontologists discover new fossil organism

Likely related to our ancestors, “Plexus ricei” was much like a tapeworm or modern flatworm, say UC Riverside researchers

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Science News09/05/2014

Water-saving innovations in Chinese agriculture

Scientists from China, Australia and Canada have published a critical review of China's freshwater shortage and associated agricultural production and environmental issues.

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Science News05/05/2014

Soils under Britain’s allotments are significantly healthier than intensively farmed soils

First study to show that growing at small-scale in urban areas produces food sustainably without damaging soils

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Science News05/05/2014

How to transform bauxite residue into healthy soils

The research found that adding a combination of green waste compost and fertiliser to the bauxite residue sand improves its rehabilitation potential and its capacity to support plants

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Science News17/04/2014

New ornamental Tung tree available

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Science News07/04/2014

A new approach to detecting unintended changes in GM foods

Does genetic manipulation cause unintended changes in food quality and composition? Are genetically modified (GM) foods less nutritious than their non-GM counterparts, for example, or different in unknown ways?

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Science News03/03/2014

Measures to prevent entry of citrus pests are appropriate

Existing measures are effective at protecting the EU from two serious diseases that attack citrus plants

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