Science News03/03/2014

Organic farms protect and support environment and nature

On average, organic farms support 34% more plant, insect and animal species than conventional farms, say Oxford University scientists

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Science News03/03/2014

Characterization of stink bug saliva proteins opens door to controlling pests

Brown marmorated stink bugs cause millions of dollars in crop losses across the United States because of the damage their saliva does to plant tissues. Researchers at Penn State have developed methods to extract the insect saliva and identify the major protein components, which could lead to new pest control approaches

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Science News03/03/2014

New rapid and non-destructive ways to assess the quality of food

The research approach is similar to how infra-red thermometers are used to detect fever in humans or animals by converting information about the colour of the skin into a prediction of the internal body temperature

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Science News03/03/2014

Drifting herbicides produce uncertain effects

Farmers should take extra precautions so drifting herbicides do not create unintended consequences on neighboring fields and farms, according to agricultural researchers

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Science News14/02/2014

Botulism-causing toxins detected by ARS

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Science News03/02/2014

An electronic tongue can identify brands of beer

Spanish researchers have managed to distinguish between different varieties of beer. The discovery is accurate in almost 82% of cases

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Science News03/02/2014

Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive

Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers

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Science News28/01/2014

Reading the tea leaves: impact of climate change

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Science News06/01/2014

Research unveils clues about protein mechanism critical to plant growth and yield

Scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have made several scientific discoveries demonstrating the significant roles Heterotrimeric G proteins play in plant development and yield

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Science News04/11/2013

What makes a tasty tomato

The findings show that although thousands of compounds go into determining flavor and other characteristics, two components play a key role: the amounts of sugar and acid

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Science News07/10/2013

What people think about organic farming and foods?

Why do we buy organic? The first reason for which consumers choose to buy organic products is their concern about the environment, followed by the integrity of these products with regard to GMOs and non-authorised substances’ residues

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Science News07/10/2013

Cilandro, also known as coriander, is a “biosorbent”

The need for lower-cost, sustainable alternatives has fostered research on biosorbents. These natural materials, which range from microbes to plants, latch on to heavy metals in ways that include both absorption and adsorption

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Science News07/10/2013

Grapefruit may be heading for a new use in battling mosquitoe

Nootkatone is a component of the oil in grapefruit, and has been on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s list of substances generally recognized as safe for use in food

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Science News02/09/2013

China and United States continue di believe in GM crops?

Further research is needed to examine which glyphosate-resistant crops and weeds may have acquired enhanced levels of gene Epsps and, if so, the extent to which overproduction of this gene affects crop yields and weed fitness

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Science News05/08/2013

Organic milk less healthy than conventional one

Milk from organic farms has a lower concentration of elements like zinc, iodine and selenium than milk produced by conventional farming methods. The discrepancy is due to the absence of mineral substances in the diets of the cows reared

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