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Next best thing: wood chip bedding for cattle

...al Policy Framework, a recently adopted government agriculture program. In this study, project leader Xiying Hao and her colleagues Chi Chang and Frank Larney compared composted manure from cattle bedded with traditional straw or wood chips to determine the respective levels of greenhouse gas emissions...

Scientists raise awareness of need for sound science in age of fad diets

...ss the impact of fad diets on market stability and agriculture production. WHERE: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building WHEN: Thursday, June 17th at 12 noon Representing 130,000 individual scientists from 21 scientific organizations, CoFARM is a broadly based coalition united by a commitment to advance an...

Trapping carbon in soil key for protecting global food security, dealing with climate change

...ientists estimate that, since the mechanization of agriculture began a few hundred years ago, some 78 billion metric tons more than 171 trillion pounds of carbon once trapped in the soil have been lost to the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2). "Converting natural ecosystems to fields for crop prod...

Volcanic soils yield new clues about the emergence of powerful chiefdoms in Hawaii

... volcanoes played a crucial role in early Hawaiian agriculture should come as no surprise. After all, the Hawaiia...miles. One of the most puzzling aspects of Kohala agriculture is that, for almost 600 years, intensive sweet potato farming was confined to a narrow, diagonal str...

Hidden cost of Colorado River diversions is $2.4 billion annually

...ado River water is diverted for human uses such as agriculture or drinking water, there's a hidden cost to society, Flessa said. Flessa's calculation reflects the loss of benefits the river originally provided, including natural flood control, natural wastewater treatment and providing nursery areas for fish and...

Lowly weeds may hold promise for curing host of common health woes

...gs human beings especially after the invention of agriculture are good at is disturbing soil. So it all works out well to have right at hand the plants you need for treating common illnesses."...

Maxygen subsidiary Verdia announces discovery and improvement of glyphosate tolerance gene

...lecularBreeding TM directed evolution platform in agriculture through its strategic alliances with industry lead...rtners, Verdia has a pipeline of over 10 potential agriculture products in various stages of development. About Maxygen Maxygen, Inc., headquartered in Redwood...

Plant pathologists to meet 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 disease under the homeland security microscope

... these losses,"Rush said. Protecting the country's agriculture is vital to food safety, said Rush, who has joined...ding the USDA-APHIS and each state's department of agriculture is under way, Stack said. Recently the Amarillo lab hosted 20 diagnosticians and program coordinator...

Pearly mussels: One of North America's natural jewels is disappearing

...estigate how more subtle human activities, such as agriculture and suburbanization, impact freshwater systems."...

Biolubricants smooth way to a cleaner environment

...n litres of water. As an added benefit, Alberta's agriculture industry could supply source material to biolubricant manufacturers. The Chemical Market Reporter, an International newspaper for the chemical process industries, forecasts the biolubricant industry to grow at a healthy seven to ten per cent per year...

Archaeologists announce discoveries at the ancient Maya site of Waka' in northern Guatemala

... activities that frequently involve slash and burn agriculture and clearing for pastureland, threaten the park's future. Last year, 100,000 acres of the park burned, threatening both the wildlife and cultural history of the park area. The Waka' project, together with the Government of Guatemala through the Ge...

Plant biologists Delmer, Quail, Bennetzen elected to National Academy of Sciences

...advisor for research related to the advancement of agriculture in developing countries. Delmer was formerly Professor and Chair, Section of Plant Biology, University of California, Davis from 1997 to 2001. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Cellular Biology in 1968 from the University of California, San Diego. Her und...

Clemson dedicates biotech research complex

...to create new products and processes in medicine, agriculture and industry. Connect to www.clemson.edu/bio for more information about university biotechnology programs, researchers and resources. The keynote address will be given by Bruce W. Stillman, director and chief executive officer of Cold Spring Ha...

UC Riverside researchers improve drought tolerance in plants

...ance in crops is highly valuable to U.S. and world agriculture now and will be even more critical as our environment continues to change as a consequence of global warming," said Gallie....

More useful plants may sprout from gene role discovery

...tible animal feed. The new findings may solve some agriculture production problems, he said. "We appear to be reaching the limits of productivity in terms of bushels per acre," Chapple said. "You can only plant things so close together; plants can only grow so big. If a seed company were able to increase yield p...

Conservation International & SC Johnson invest in Ecuador's rainforest to offset climate impacts

...ts are often subject to destructive slash-and burn agriculture practices used to clear the unutilized fields for agriculture. Unfortunately, due to these poor farming practices may of these lands become unproductive in a few years and are then abandoned. The result is degraded soils, resulting in erosion and d...

American Society of Plant Biologists offers developing nations free access to science journals

...st access to over 400 major scientific journals in agriculture and related biological, environmental, and social sciences to public institutions in developing countries. AGORA is led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN). AGORA's goal is to increase the quality and effecti...

Pre-term labor drug sensitizes brain to pesticide injury

...ly used insecticides in the United States for both agriculture and household uses prior to the year 2000 when the EPA began restricting the chemical from home use in stages. However, chlorpyrifos is still widely used for agricultural purposes and residues of the insecticide can occur on produce. The highest expo...

Study shows benefits to newborns from federal ban on insecticides

...o the ban. Both compounds are still widely used in agriculture and continue to be found in the food supply. "This study is good news for our nation's children," said Dr. Frederica P. Perera, Director of the Center and the study team leader. "The evidence that birth weight increased following the Environmental...

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