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Agronomy, crop, and soil science societies to meet Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in Seattle

...s plant genomics, turfgrass science, international agriculture development, soil nutrient management, and sustainable agriculture are scheduled through noon on Thursday, Nov. 4. The event also features exhibits, guided tours, and ...

Grant advances biochemical engineering laboratory

... that prepares students for careers in value-added agriculture and other industries. Renovations to the existing biochemical engineering laboratory will include modern biology benches and cabinetry, new flooring and a new biological hood. The renovations will provide a clean, low-contaminant environment for the ...

K-State's National Agricultural Biosecurity Center receives $1.3 Million from Department of Defense

...notic and/or ones particularly threatening to U.S. agriculture and its infrastructure. "Those include foot and mouth disease, avian influenza and exotic Newcastle disease," she said. Federal, state, non-profit and private industry groups will be contacted, in search of response lessons. An initial list of agenc...

Sandia experiments may reduce possibility of future water wars

...re underground water supplies used intensively for agriculture are dipping lower, says Pate. "In all these places, the majority of water use is for irrigated agriculture rather than direct human consumption and other productive uses." Preliminary indications are tha...

Men from early middle ages were nearly as tall as modern people

...y have to do with climate. Steckel points out that agriculture from 900 to 1300 benefited from a warm period tem...ses that climate change as well as improvements in agriculture helped. "Increased height may have been due partly to the retreat of the Little Ice Age, which would...

Imported fitness

...he mlo-resistant cultivars have proved valuable in agriculture for over thirty years, reducing the need for agro-chemical fungicide treatment. The mystery underlying this mildew resistance strategy was disclosed when the research groups of Ralph Panstruga and Paul Schulze-Lefert discovered a mlo gene fragment w...

Increasing international insect threat to stored food

...n a wide range of storage systems from subsistence agriculture to the most modern bulk handling facilities. He is the author of a new illustrated guide to the world of these pests, Insects of Stored Products, which has been released through CSIRO Publishing. The book enables specialists and non-specialist...

Oldest evidence for processing of wild cereals: starch grains from barley, wheat, on grinding stone

... starch grain analysis to study the development of agriculture in the tropics, where plant materials are poorly preserved, "explained Piperno. Significant and consistent differences in shape, size, and other features make it possible to distinguish starch grains from different plant species. Evidence asso...

Plant pathologists meeting in Anaheim, CA to discuss agricultural security, food safety, and more

...its large population centers and highly productive agriculture industry, experiences many such challenges. To ser...billion in 2002. This session will examine organic agriculture from a plant pathology perspective and address questions regarding funding sources for organic agric...

Plant gene discovery could enhance plant growth, reduce fertilizer needs and phosphate pollution

... improve phosphate uptake in crop plants will make agriculture more sustainable and less harmful to the environme... important goal in plant biology with relevance to agriculture and ecology. Dr. Maria Harrison?s identification of the phosphorous uptake protein in the plasma mem...

Report outlines vision and recommendations for microbiology in the 21st Century

...me microbes cause disease; others are essential in agriculture for food production or in industry for carrying out chemical transformation. Life without higher organisms is possible, but life without microbes is not. It's no wonder that ours has been called the planet of the microbes! Consequently, "the futur...

From orchards and fields to townhouses and offices

...w to peacefully co-exist. Problems new to American agriculture also arise when plant diseases or insects are transported through California's high-trafficked airports and harbors. The Mexican fruit fly, glassy-winged sharpshooter, Mediterranean fruit fly, and Newscastle's disease are a few examples of pests that...

UGA named recipient of $5.6 million grant from NSF for corn improvement

...biology and Jeff Bennetzen in genetics. Those from agriculture include Andrew Paterson, Jeff Dean and Peggy Ozias-Akins. The grant is part of the National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program, which began in 1998. In 2003, the NSF awarded a team led by UGA a grant of $3.9 million for a proj...

Experiment station researcher looking for missing links in corn

...orlaug, a distinguished professor of international agriculture at Texas A&M University, has said new technologica...vastly improve feeding costs in segments of animal agriculture by reducing the need of better protein supplements, Betran said. "Corn is mainly used for animal fe...

'Trap' crop saves Texas cross timbers melon production

...ality out in the field particularly in commercial agriculture can be something quite different, Mitchell noted. So when the Extension agent contacted him, Mitchell couldn't have been happier. He now had the opportunity to test the theory in large scale commercial fields. "Without Whitney, we would have been...

Survival strategies in nature

... that occur in nature is essential for sustainable agriculture and that the plant traits that are important for resistance to herbivore attack in nature are complex and operate on many spatial scales. They involve both direct defenses (toxins, digestibility reducers etc), that themselves protect plants as well a...

As humans alter land, infectious diseases follow

...m seemingly innocuous pursuits like ecotourism and agriculture to war and civil unrest. Even climate change or extremes, the report notes, can trigger a chain of events that manifests itself in the emergence of new diseases. An example cited in the report is the emergence of nipah virus in Malaysia and Singapor...

Satellites map volcanic home of Africas endangered gorillas

...to the areas around the parks. Clearing forest for agriculture or fuel, as well as illegal poaching for food, has impacted the parks and reduced the living space left for the gorillas. Protecting the parks is difficult because they have long boundaries that run across extremely inaccessible and hardly mapped ...

'Plants for the future': A European vision for plant biotechnology towards 2025

... tailored to the needs of European society and the agriculture and the food industries. The expertise and capabilities of European plant scientists also need to be effectively harnessed to generate a more profound understanding of plant biology. Together this new set of capabilities and priorities will enable ke...

Plant pathologists to discuss the future of organic farming

...he Anaheim Convention Center, will examine organic agriculture from a plant pathology perspective and address que... the discussion of new developments in sustainable agriculture and will bring into focus the roles and accomplishments of APS members in this area. This event is o...

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