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Plans finalised for satellites to help safeguard gorilla habitats

... these sites, with people clearing forest-land for agriculture or fuel. A joint ESA/UNESCO project called BeGO for Build Environment for Gorilla commenced last April with the intention of providing satellite imagery and products of these sprawling and often inaccessible habitats to conservation groups and lo...

Agronomy, Crop, and Soil Science Societies to meet Nov. 2-6 in Denver

... Forage and Grazinglands Organic and sustainable agriculture New crops for a global economy Lawncare/turfgrass, including irrigation, pesticides Conservation, including water quality Technology and agriculture, including GIS, GPS, remote sensing Science Education how schools promote science in the class...

Why genetic diversity matters

...s plant genomics, turfgrass science, international agriculture development, soil nutrient management, and sustainable agriculture will be presented. Over 4,000 delegates from more than 100 countries are anticipated. A detailed pro...

AgriTalk travels to the ASA-CSSA-SSSA meetings for the latest in agricultural research

...s plant genomics, turfgrass science, international agriculture development, soil nutrient management, and sustainable agriculture will be presented. Over 4,000 delegates from more than 100 countries are anticipated. A detailed pro...

University of Minnesota receives NSF grant to sequence legume genome

... of commercial fertilizer production was invented, agriculture worldwide depended on legumes to supply the nitrogen needed to make protein. Legumes perform this feat with the help of bacteria that infect their roots and form specialized structures called nodules. Within nodules, nitrogen gas from the air is conv...

What can the genomics revolution teach us about global change?

...global warming and increased carbon dioxide affect agriculture production. "There remains great uncertainty over...ay shed new light on how global change will affect agriculture and just as importantly, how to adapt agriculture to the expected changes. The symposium, "Opportun...

UCR geneticist spells out consequences of genetically engineered genes escaping into wild species

...eading for those concerned with the development of agriculture in the future, and the standards that ought to be applied when new strains of crops are developed. Norman Ellstrand has provided us with the best account of this important field." - Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden. "Buckle up for...

National Science Foundation announces $14M planetary biodiversity inventory awards

...Miridae, a worldwide group of insects important in agriculture and as indicators of biodiversity. The scientists will study approximately 5,300 species represented by 550,000 specimens housed in the world's natural history museums, and they will collect an additional 100,000 specimens, primarily in the Southern...

Salmon farms pose significant threat to salmon fisheries in the Pacific Northwest, researchers find

...g - similar to the transformation that occurred in agriculture and rural communities in the lower 48 states. In Alaska, plans are currently on the table for new cooperative fishing programs and a restructuring of producer-processor relationships. "The good news is that the aquaculture revolution is forcing more ...

Ancient Inca road in desperate need of protection

...eady streams throughout the year, supporting local agriculture and helping control landslides, which can be devastating along the steep flanks of the Andes. "Creating a series of protected areas that recognize the Gran Ruta's historical importance and help reestablish the traditional ties that existed between co...

New study begins to unravel fate of toxic pollutants harbored in Arctic waters

...as a sink of sorts chemicals used in industry and agriculture worldwide slowly migrate to and settle there in sizeable quantities in water, snow, ice, soil and vegetation. In a new study, researchers found that the pollutant breakdown process depends largely on the type of dissolved organic matter residing in...

Poll: NY residents split on biotechnology in food and agriculture

... residents on the use of biotechnology in food and agriculture finds the public almost evenly split between those...edge, interest and opinions about biotechnology in agriculture and food production, as well as news coverage of the topic in local media. According to Steve Kresov...

New fish species discovered in Venezuela

...and it is facing increasing threats from expanding agriculture frontiers, plans for a hydroelectric dam and commercial logging, conservationists are urging the Venezuelan government to create a new protected area in this region. Since its inception 13 years ago, RAP findings have boosted efforts to create new pa...

Washington University in St. Louis, Monsanto Co., awarded crop protection patent

...d have the impact that it has had and will have on agriculture throughout the world," said Beachy. "The technology already has reached many people and has been proven effective for many different crops. What's truly exciting is its potential to increase food production in developing countries." Beachy, a membe...

UC Riverside geneticist awarded $2.4 million grant by the National Science Foundation

...r understanding of cereal plant traits relevant to agriculture and biology. (A genome is all the DNA in an organism, including its genes.) The title of the research project is "Coupling Expressed Sequences and Bacterial Artificial Chromosome Resources to Access the Barley Genome." While Close is the Principal I...

UC Berkeley museum biologists to repeat 85-year-old Yosemite National Park wildlife survey

...nd preserving the park, among them, elimination of agriculture and removal of a small zoo from the valley. Yosemite's Thompson said he keeps a copy of Grinnell's published study near his desk and refers to it frequently. "Grinnell had a very prominent place in the development of science in the park service," h...

Down on the farm

Human populations depend upon agriculture for food, fiber and forage to feed livestock. And although scientists now better understand the relationships between biological diversity and ecological processes, considerable debate still exists about biodiversity's role in how ecosystems actuall...

On tap: Genomic sequence of an enemy of beer and bread

...mple, head blight outbreaks in the 1990s cost U.S. agriculture $3 billion. F. graminearum begins its blighting ways as pinprick-sized pods that spit spores into the air. The spores float over grain fields, landing on flowering wheat and barley. The spores grow into the wheat flowers. The often cool, wet weather...

Dr. Gonsalves will receive ASPB Leadership in Science Public Service Award

...m making the most significant contribution to U.S. agriculture during the previous five years. Dr. Gonsalves is a scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (ARS). He is director of the U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, headquartered in Hilo, Hawaii. Dr. Gon...

Rutgers geneticists redefine the nature of hybrid corn

...would produce themselves. Maize (corn) dominates agriculture in the United States, where, according to the National Corn Growers Association, 9 billion bushels are produced annually at a value of more than $21 billion. No crop rivals its total grain yield or the diversity of its uses. Virtually all corn vari...

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