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Biocomposites put the plant into the auto plant - and more

...riendly processes and products," Drzal said. "But consumers aren't going to accept products based only on environmental considerations; these products must perform and be cost-effective to be competitive." Two of MSU's papers deal with composite materials made with reinforcing fibers derived from plants and c...

Integrated pest management promises crop yields with fewer chemicals, but will it prove effective in the long run

...improvement if growers are to stay in business and consumers are to continue to get reasonably priced foods grown under IPM-intensive programs."...

Monsanto and researchers celebrate first anniversary of sharing rice genome sequence data

...ils and protein for U.S. producers, and to provide consumers with healthier soy products in the future. Last year Monsanto also donated a Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR) genetic marker to the Better Bean Initiative to help further the Better Bean Initiatives goal of developing soybean lower in saturated fats....

Earlier weaning, high-energy diet produce higher quality beef

...y shows that we can produce high-quality beef that consumers desire, while at the same time reducing the amount of waste fat that must be discarded," said Larry L. Berger, a professor of animal sciences. "Our approach gives farmers an alternative production system in which they can improve the quality of the ...

Global consortium announces plans to sequence banana genome

...enome sequence will also benefit U.S. and European consumers of the popular dessert banana, one of the world's most chemically dependent crops. "Ancient farmers selected banana strains that were seedless and thus sterile, and grew the fruit through vegetative sprouting," said Emile Frison, PhD, director of ...

World land database charts a troubling course

...rbanization promises to "become one of the biggest consumers of land," predicts Ramankutty. "Historically, we lost forest to crop land. Now we are losing crop land to urban areas." To take stock of how the Earth's land resources have been influenced by people over the past 300 years, Ramankutty and Wisconsin ...

"Smart" fertilizer improves plant growth, prevents pollution from run off

...y a role in improving the environment, growers and consumers can also benefit from improved plant quality. In experiments with marigold and impatiens grown in the greenhouse, plants that received the new "smart" fertilizer developed better root systems. High phosphorus levels created by traditional fertilize...

University of Georgia unveils technique to improve success rate of cattle cloning

... benefit for producers. That has ramifications for consumers and the public in general." Established breeding programs lead to the genetic traits farmers want, such as consistent meat and better breeding and nurturing characteristics, Stice said. Cloning allows a way to more easily duplicate those traits. But ...

University of Georgia unveils technique to improve success rate of cattle cloning

... benefit for producers. That has ramifications for consumers and the public in general." Established breeding programs lead to the genetic traits farmers want, such as consistent meat and better breeding and nurturing characteristics, Stice said. Cloning allows a way to more easily duplicate those traits. But ...

Officials delay trade restrictions on Caspian Sea caviar

...iar. In addition, the three groups are calling on consumers worldwide to avoid beluga caviar and to reduce the...f other Caspian Sea caviars during this crisis. If consumers do buy caviar, better choices include environmentally sound farmed varieties. "It is more important ...

Wildlife officials to consider ban on caviar exports from major Caspian Sea nations

...ect and restore Caspian Sea sturgeon; and to point consumers to preferred environmentally friendly caviar alter...y in protecting sturgeon, but it is also vital for consumers to make wiser seafood choices," said Vikki Spruill, executive director of SeaWeb. "We want consumers...

New peach variety has strange shape and sweet taste

...s of cantaloupes, and even in firm tomatoes, which consumers think of as vegetables but actually are fruits," Sherman said. With the addition of the firm-flesh trait and a bright red color, Sherman said, the saucer-shaped UFO peach could see use as a high-priced novelty fruit in grocery stores. The UFO...

Deregulation will cause significant fluctuations in electricity prices, new study reveals

...mand to wholesale prices is low because California consumers pay a retail price that is not linked to increases in the wholesale cost of power.`` The May EMF study does not seek to explain the factors contributing to the recent electricity crisis in California and other Western states. Instead, participants in...

More study recommended on long-term reproductive effects of traces of both natural and man-made hormone-like chemicals

... days of comment by other scientists, industry and consumers before sending the advice to the Environmental Protection Agency, which had requested the panel review. The comments will not change the report but will be attached to it, Ronald Melnick, Ph.D., of NIEHS said. Dr. Melnick chaired the peer review o...

Mandatory nutrition labeling reduces high-fat purchases

...er more than six years of mandatory food labeling, consumers are becoming savvier about high-fat foods on grocery shelves, says a Cornell University economist. In a study, he found that sales of high-fat dressings significantly declined after mandatory labeling was instituted, providing evidence that the labe...

National survey reveals profound lack of scientific knowledge

...own curiosity (83%) Make more informed choices as consumers (83%) Make more informed choices for their children (78%) Make more informed voting decisions (62%) The public strongly recognizes the ability of science to improve and enrich their lives, and demonstrates the belief that greater knowledge of scien...

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute develop a new 'kit' to screen mercury in fish

...emical Biology, the strategy could be used both by consumers and environmental professionals. The article, "Practical Screening of Mercury Contamination in Fish Tissue," by Oliver Brummer, James J. La Clair, and Kim D. Janda, is published in the April 2001 issue of Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. "It's fast...

Research on bioengineered crops, global warming and a new flu vaccine will be featured at gathering of world's largest scientific society in San Diego

...,500 volunteers and is expected to be available to consumers in Europe as early as next year. (BIOT 42, Monday, April 2, 9:00 a.m.) Risks and benefits of biotech crops - Plant biotechnology is lauded for its potential to reduce pesticide use and produce healthier foods, but is also accused of threatening ...

New egg-free flu vaccine called promising for those with egg allergy

...istner. The vaccine is expected to be available to consumers in Europe as early as next year, he adds. The new technique developed by Kistner and his associates uses a cell line originally derived from kidney cells of the African green monkey. The cell line has a demonstrated safety record in medical ap...

NHLBI unveils new resources to help consumers control their blood pressure

...PEP) has several new and updated resources to help consumers and their clinicians better control their blood pressure. The print and online resources integrate the most current research findings, such as recently announced evidence of the effect of salt and sodium on blood pressure. NHBPEP is coordinated by t...

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