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Experiments provide proof of how traveling in groups protects insects

... United States nowadays, Mormon crickets just cost farmers and others a lot of money, but in parts of Africa and elsewhere, locusts can cause widespread famine because they consume crops, and the people there sometimes have nothing else to eat." ...

Experiments provide proof of how traveling in groups protects insects

... United States nowadays, Mormon crickets just cost farmers and others a lot of money, but in parts of Africa and elsewhere, locusts can cause widespread famine because they consume crops, and the people there sometimes have nothing else to eat." ...

UCSD discovery may help extend life of natural pesticide

...de produced by bacteria and widely used by organic farmers and in genetically engineered crops to ward off insect pests. Their findings should facilitate the design and use of Bt toxins to prevent insects, which the researchers believe also possess the molecule, from developing resistance to Bt, extending t...

South America's vast pantanal wetland may become next everglades, UNU experts warn

... says UNU-PREP Director Dr. Teixeira. "Traditional farmers are selling their land to outsiders and large scale agriculture is taking place in the high-lands surrounding the Pantanal. In most cases, these newcomers do not know how to manage the land in a sustainable way." Several major development projects h...

World's largest rainforest drying experiment completes first phase

...fire, which is a tool of choice among the Amazon's farmers and ranchers, pose a serious threat to a forest that is home to more plant and animal species, and more indigenous cultures, than any other forest in the world. According to Nepstad, with the completion of this first phase of the experiment, attenti...

Genetically modified rice in China benefits farmers' health, study finds

...mine whether genetically modified rice was helping farmers reduce pesticide use in the fields, increasing yie... and having any identifiable health effects on the farmers growing the genetically modified rice strains. They examined data from field trials involving two g...

Use of Insecticides Linked to Lasting Neurological Problems for Farmers

New research shows that farmers who used agricultural insecticides experienced inc...products. Data from 18,782 North Carolina and Iowa farmers linked use of insecticides, including organophosphates and organochlorines, to reports of reoccurrin...

Transgenic plants remove more selenium from polluted soil than wild plants, new tests show

...ere are many areas where selenium is deficient, so farmers actually pay for animal feed that is supplemented with selenium," said Terry. "Farmers would love to have this source of selenium." Other co-authors of the study include Danika L. LeDuc, a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley's Department of Plan...

Scientists journey to southern Africa to unravel the secret world of elephant communication

...ism," she recalls. "I was looking for ways to help farmers keep elephants away from their crops. I wanted to see if there was something about elephant behavior, particularly their vocalizations, that we could use as a deterrent." Having just earned a graduate degree in entomology at the University of Hawaii...

Six million Africans face famine because of locusts, drought

...d for six million people across West Africa, small farmers have started selling livestock cheaply and eating the seed corn they should plant during next month's expected rains, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. "The combined effect of drought and locus...

Nature provides inspiration for important new adhesive

...so provide another market for the nation's soybean farmers - the new adhesives use a tremendous amount of soy flour. ...

Researchers find gene that may be at root of potato blight

...o manage late blight reduces the profit margins of farmers and is not always successful. "In developing countries, late blight also affects subsistence potato production," he continued. For example, a late blight breakout in 2003 brought potato production to a halt in Papua New Guinea , one of the few count...

Grass makes environmentally friendly biofuel

...tive fuel easily could be produced and pelleted by farmers and burned in modified stoves built to burn wood pellets or corn, says Jerry Cherney, the E.V. Baker Professor of Agriculture. Burning grass pellets hasn't caught on in the United States, however, Cherney says, primarily because Washington has made n...

Key to elephant conservation is 'in the sauce'

...ephant conflicts in Africa while raising money for farmers and conservation. Supported by the Wildlife Conse... unpalatable to crop-raiding mammals, so they give farmers an economically feasible means of minimizing damage to their investments," said Loki Osborn, project...

It's electric: Cows show promise as powerplants

...w dung as an energy source isn't a new idea : some farmers already use the methane released by livestock wast...Christy said. "The hope is that one day livestock farmers could use their farm's livestock waste lagoon as a huge fuel cell and generate enough power for thei...

The genetic origins of corn on the cob

...n of corn from its wild ancestor (teosinte), early farmers selected plants with special versions of the ramos...er experiments." "As corn was being domesticated, farmers selected a larger and larger ear with more and more rows of kernels, based on the activity of genes ...

$6.5 Million Grant for Microarray Center at Yale School of Medicine

...n of corn from its wild ancestor (teosinte), early farmers selected plants with special versions of the ramos...er experiments." "As corn was being domesticated, farmers selected a larger and larger ear with more and more rows of kernels, based on the activity of genes ...

Insects develop resistance to engineered crops

... toxins in the field. The resistance resulted from farmers and gardeners spraying Bt toxin on plants for inse...le-gene Bt cotton was discontinued two years after farmers began planting dual-gene cotton in 2002. In the United States, companies introduced dual-gene cotton...

Crisis in African fish supplies looms, experts warn Africa leaders

...t emerging in Africa, offers new opportunities for farmers and small-scale enterprises, WorldFish says. Africa has massive untapped aquaculture potential that can yield affordable protein and nutrient-rich food together with jobs and economic opportunities. The NEPAD-Fish for All Summit, organized in cooper...

Leptin-signaling Protein Maintains Normal Body Weight And Energy Balance In Mice

...t emerging in Africa, offers new opportunities for farmers and small-scale enterprises, WorldFish says. Africa has massive untapped aquaculture potential that can yield affordable protein and nutrient-rich food together with jobs and economic opportunities. The NEPAD-Fish for All Summit, organized in cooper...

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