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Aggressive plant fungus threatens wheat production
Norwich, UK (SPX) Feb 27, 2015
The spread of exotic and aggressive strains of a plant fungus is presenting a serious threat to wheat production in the UK, according to research published in Genome Biology. The research uses a new surveillance technique that could be applied internationally to respond to the spread of a wide variety of plant diseases. Wheat is a critical staple and provides 20% of the calories and over 25% of the protein consumed by humans. 'Yellow rust' caused by the fungus Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici ( ... read more
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Heavy toll as Australian farmers struggle through drought
On the road to Walgett a sign welcomes visitors: "Farming is not a way of life, it keeps everyone alive." But with drought taking a heavy toll on the region, farming has become a battle for survival. ... more

Greenpeace rebukes paper giant over farmer's death
Environmental group Greenpeace said Monday it had suspended cooperation with paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper after an Indonesian farmer was allegedly beaten to death by guards linked to the company. ... more

China media pooh-pooh Japan's luxury lavatories
The built-in bottom washers and pre-warmed seats of Japan's luxury toilets faced a storm in a U-bend on Thursday as Chinese state-run media launched a thunderous tirade against them. ... more


Climate-warmed leaves change lake ecosystems
Rising soil temperatures significantly affect autumn leaves and consequently the food web, appearance and biochemical makeup of the lakes and ponds those leaves fall into, a Dartmouth College-led st ... more


New, useful feature of Moringa seeds revealed
Previous studies have shown that the extracts from seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree can be used for water purification. In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University show that the Moringa se ... more
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Australia to tighten food labelling laws after China scare
Australia is set to strengthen food labelling laws after a series of hepatitis A infections were linked to frozen berries from China, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday. ... more

Isolated wetlands have significant impact on water quality
Geographically isolated wetlands play an outsized role in providing clean water and other environmental benefits even though they may lack the regulatory protections of other wetlands, according to ... more
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South Korea, Saudi Arabia to Pen Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

Testing at NREL aids solar power in Hawaii

NREL takes first in-depth look at solar project completion timelines

Study Involving UT Nuclear Engineer Could Change Nuclear Fuel

New material to produce clean energy

The taming of magnetic vortices

NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor


Regulating genome-edited crops that aren't GMOs
A survey of rice, wheat, barley, fruit, and vegetable crops found that most mutants created by advanced genetic engineering techniques may be out of the scope of current genetically modified organis ... more

Paleoclimate, proxies, paleosols, and precipitation: A look to the future
Precipitation reconstructions are essential for predicting impacts of future climate change and preparing for potential changes in terrestrial environmental conditions, such as shifting amounts of r ... more

A Pacific locked in La Nina killed coral reef growth for 2500 years
A new study has found that La Nina-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Panama were closely associated with an abrupt shutdown in coral reef growth that lasted 2,500 years. The stud ... more
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Global water solution critical to preempt looming conflicts
A new UN report warns that without large new water-related investments many societies worldwide will soon confront rising desperation and conflicts over life's most essential resource. Present ... more

High seas fishing ban could boost global catches, equality
Closing the high seas to commercial fishing could be catch-neutral and distribute fisheries income more equitably among the world's maritime nations, according to research from the University of Bri ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Top US military officer backs arming Ukraine

N.Korea warns can conduct 'strike' on US, denies rights violations

Iran's role in Iraq could be positive: US general

U.S. weather satellite explodes into 43 pieces

Boeing: First All-Electric Propulsion Satellites Send First On-Orbit Signals

China raps Obama over spying after anti-terror law row

Predator B drone being offered to Spain


Farmers can better prevent nutrient runoff based on land characteristics
Farmers on a quest to keep more fertilizer on their fields--and out of Iowa's waterways--may have an easier time finding a solution, thanks to new research from the University of Iowa. Researc ... more

Gene may help reduce GM contamination
Genetically modified crops have long drawn fire from opponents worried about potential contamination of conventional crops and other plants. Now a plant gene discovered by University of Guelph scien ... more

Cattle damage to riverbanks can be undone
Simply removing cattle may be all that is required to restore many degraded riverside areas in the American West, although this can vary and is dependent on local conditions. These are the findings ... more

Toxic 'Tet' kumquats highlight Vietnam's pesticide problem
At Lunar New Year, most Vietnamese families buy a kumquat tree - a symbol of prosperity - but where once its fruits were candied and enjoyed as a delicacy, now they are left uneaten as food safety scandals batter consumer confidence in local produce. ... more

Australia mulls tougher food screening after China hepatitis scare
Tougher food screening measures could be introduced in Australia with frozen berries from China linked to a growing number of hepatitis A infections, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said Wednesday. ... more

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Thames study: Rivers can be a source antibiotic resistance
Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment. The discovery comes following a study on the Thames river by scientists at the University of Warwick's School ... more

Large scale study warns of unsustainable ecological decline in rural China
The agricultural development of a region of eastern China is ecologically unsustainable and actions are needed soon to reverse its decline, according to a new study by geographers at the University ... more
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Climate change hampering world food production: scientists


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Australians get hepatitis A from Chinese berries


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Warming pushes Western US toward driest period in 1,000 years


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Predicting plant responses to drought

Reduced rainfall in the northern tropics linked to industrial emissions

What's next in diets: Chili peppers?

Chinese investors ravenous for Europe food sector

Aerial monitors shed light on reed die-back around Central Europe's largest lake

Zara owner drops angora over China rabbit cruelty

Japan-inspired 'water-house' slashes energy needs

Growing support for rationing in drought-hit Brazil

Fighting animal cruelty in LatAm, one tweet at a time

Heavy rainfall events becoming more frequent on Big Island

New catalyst uses light to convert nitrogen to ammonia

Conservation looks good too

New tools to breed cereal crops that survive flooding

'Stressed' young bees could be the cause of colony collapse

Rivers may constitute 20 percent of continental water flows into oceans

International partnership will develop first market ready sweet pepper harvesting robot

Scientists reprogram plants for drought tolerance

In Rio favela, hungry caimans complicate water hunt

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