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Widespread amphibian deformities caused by parasite

... be rising due to the creation of small, permanent farm ponds, the loss of wetlands, and heavy grazing by cattle. The Planorbella snails appear to thrive in some of these situations....

UCR scientists developing process to convert wet bio-waste into energy

...ge) treatment. Currently, that waste is spread on farm fields, trucked to landfills, or mixed with green waste to produce a soil amendment. The biosolids would quickly and simply be converted into useful forms of energy by the CE-CERT process. What is left over from the process is expected to be a fine...

Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, May 2002

... on foreign oil could be cut significantly and net farm income could increase an estimated $6 billion annually by 2020. Advances in the understanding of gene function in plants could lead to a two-fold increase in crop yield, the researchers claim. That and a shift from traditional crops to switchgrass, h...

Food & Agriculture Biosecurity Initiative announced by incoming executive dean at Rutgers

...rning surveillance points for the food supply from farm to table. It would create a warehouse of current science and gaps in knowledge on plant and animal disease agents, potential foodborne pathogens, recombinant infectious agents and vaccines. It would work with government and industry to establish st...

Soil's love affair with carbon viewed with millimeter resolution

...U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that U.S. farm and grazing land soils are storing 20 million metric tons of carbon a year and could store an additional 180 million metric tons annually. And talk of trading carbon stored in land in exchange for emission "credits" occurs with increasing frequency ...

Limited federal allergy research funds spent on food biotechnology

...buybacks from farmers and a disruption to American farm export markets that continues today, we still lack answers to the basic science questions posed by government regulators whether StarLink was or was not an allergen," he said. "Was the Starlink recall even necessary for allergy reasons? We just don...

Researchers arming farms to halt increases in greenhouse gases

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. New farm practices and new breeds of crops might someday ad...gases, carbon dioxide, by corralling carbon on the farm in a process known as carbon sequestration. The research is being supported with a grant of nearly $...

Deer flies a biting problem? Oddly, 'trolling' may be just the ticket

...002) --- The deer flies are so bad at Dick Coski's farm near Lake Erie in northeast Ohio that he used to get covered in bites mowing his small field. Hunting for a solution, the retired Social Security claims representative found a Web site about a curious deer fly-control device invented by a University ...

Razing old dams solves some problems, creates new ones

...ervoirs means that topsoil and nutrients lost from farm fields are now stored behind dams." On the other hand, dam removal enables sediments, along with the nutrients, to flow freely downstream. At one site, Stanley and Doyle found that the reservoir along the Koshkonong Creek retained 15 to 20 percent o...

Nationwide organic standards to be launched Monday

...as been long known for its own top-quality organic farm products the Green Mountain State counts more than 250 certified organic farms and processors on some 2,300 acres, according to Vern Grubinger, director the University of Vermont's Center for Sustainable Agriculture. That's more than triple the numb...

Testing method improves management of Johne's disease in cows

...ntagious and, as a result, could devastate a dairy farm by diminishing the herd's productivity. While two accurate methods for detecting Johne's disease infection exist, both have drawbacks. The fecal culture, which is the most accurate, can take three to four months to complete. This method, as well as ...

From designer milk to 'green' cows: predictions for milk and dairy products in the next 50 years

...t with government regulatory programs and rigorous farm management, as well as advances in biotechnology....

IFDC innovative technology increases farmers' agricultural productivity, maintains resource base

...wpeas or groundnut) and other fertilizers. On her farm of less than 1 ha, she applied 300 kg of phosphate rock and harvested 4,175 kilograms per hectare of maize. During the second season, she harvested 120 kilograms of cowpeas on two-tenths hectare of land. She prefers to grow cowpeas rather than mucu...

Agricultural science helping farmers reduce greenhouse gas

...ich accounts for most of the rest, is emitted from farm soils, especially those that have received manures...reathe." AAFC researchers have developed a virtual farm application to help farmers reduce these emissions.This computer based-application will allow farmer...

Wetlands clean selenium from agricultural runoff

... a natural detox program for selenium-contaminated farm runoff in the form of wetland vegetation and micro...e headlines in 1983 when high levels from polluted farm water were found at the Kesterson national wildlife refuge in the San Joaquin Valley, part of the Ce...

Scientists hone in on cause of amphibian deformities

...ected by this parasitic trematode were reservoirs, farm ponds or other artificial bodies of water. And water pollutants or UVB radiation, while not directly causing the majority of deformities, may set the stage by weakening an amphibian's immune system and making it more vulnerable to a parasitic infecti...

UC Riverside receives $1.25 million from W. M. Keck Foundation

...ncipal investigators for the project, "rather than farm them out to industry or technical units at other universities. The instruments will help synergize our efforts, speeding up research and lowering costs. They will make it easier to identify proteins and their encoding genes and to study how these p...

Virginia Tech professor Marjorie Grene is the first woman in The Library of Living Philosophers

...to Ireland with her then husband, where she helped farm and raised a family. She taught for five years at Queen's University, Belfast, then returned to the United States, to the University of California at Davis. Richard Burian, a professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech who describes Grene's career as "...

Certified professionals to serve as technical service providers under Farm Bill 2002

...igible to serve as Technical Service Providers for farm conservation programs under a Memorandum of Understanding signed today in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). Technical Service Provid...

Genetically modified crops in India produced greater yields, reduced pesticide use, new study finds

...n-bioengineered crops, according to the results of farm trials reported by researchers at the University o...been studying Bt hybrids in India since 1997. The farm sites contained three adjacent plots that measured 646 square meters each. One plot was planted with...

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