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August 24, 2016
Study reveals genetic history of the cultivated strawberry
Durham, N.H. (UPI) Aug 23, 2016
It took four years, but researchers at the University of New Hampshire have finally finished mapping the genetic history of the cultivated strawberry. Scientists focused on one of the closest wild relatives of the modern cultivated strawberry, Fragaria iinumae. Unlike other wild species and cultivated strawberries, which have as many as seven different chromosomes, Fragaria iinumae boasts diploid cells, with two homologous copies of each of its two chromosomes, one from each of its parents. ... read more

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China's COFCO buys rest of Dutch commodity trader
China's state-owned grain giant COFCO will buy out minority shareholders in Netherlands-based commodity trader Nidera and take full ownership of the company, it said, as it seeks to become an agribusiness powerhouse. ... more

The fuel for Hong Kong's engine: milk tea
Some cities are fuelled by coffee. In Hong Kong, it's milk tea that keeps things running - a potent nostalgia-infused caffeine hit, with fierce competition to brew the best in town. ... more

Researchers discover a special power in wheat
A new photosynthesis discovery at The University of Queensland may help breed faster-growing wheat crops that are better adapted to hotter, drier climates. A research team led by Queensland Al ... more


Flowering meadows benefit humankind
The more it swarms, crawls and flies the better it is for humans. This is the finding of a study published in "Nature". More than 60 researchers from a number of universities were involved, includin ... more


New method for quantifying methane emissions from manure management
It is currently not possible to quantify emissions of methane from livestock manure. This is a significant problem, in particular at a time where the EU Commision requires Denmark to reduce drastica ... more

Transition from Operations to Decommissioning by Preparing a Safe, Cost-Effective Shut Down and Waste Management Strategy

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Reduced ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations
So far, research on the environmental impact of oil palm cultivation has been scattered and patchy. Synthesizing about 1000 scientific studies and reports, the scientists were now able to give a bal ... more

Plant response to carbon dioxide emissions depends on their neighbors
Plant species that have evolved to withstand elevated levels of carbon dioxide grow poorly when moved to a plant community with a different make up, according to a new study in Nature Communications ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Economy of energy-hungry India may face headwinds

Scientists develop nanofur material to soak up oil

US watchdog clears ChemChina's Syngenta acquisition

China opens longest glass bottom bridge in world

Australia to study drift of MH370 debris

Iran interested in proposed Chinese-built canal in Nicaragua

Summer spells cold showers for Russians as hot water cut


'Neonic' insecticides bad news for bees: study
A widely-used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids has contributed to the large-scale and long-term decline of wild bees, according to research unveiled Tuesday. ... more

Pesticide-resistant whitefly could 'devastate' many US crops
A tiny, invasive whitefly that is resistant to pesticides and carries crop-devastating viruses has been found outdoors in the United States for the first time, raising concerns among fruit and vegetable growers. ... more

Pesticide-resistant whitefly could 'devastate' many US crops
A tiny, invasive whitefly that is resistant to pesticides and carries crop-devastating viruses has been found outdoors in the United States for the first time, raising concerns among fruit and vegetable growers. ... more
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Adding milk, meat to diet dramatically improves nutrition for poor in Zambia
Over the past several decades in Zambia, data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations show that there has been a decrease in the per capita consumption of milk, meat, and eg ... more

Drought ravages Lesotho as water is exported to S.Africa
For farmer Mohlakoane Molise, the view of the enormous Katse dam from his smallholding high in the mountains of Lesotho taunts him daily. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
North Korea test-fires sub-launched missile close to Japan

China 'opposes' N.Korea's nuclear and missile development: FM

UN Command condemns N. Korea mine-laying on border

Biden vows 'rock solid' NATO ties as allies slam Trump

Top diplomats kick off Japan, China, S.Korea meeting

N. Korea rolls out on-demand TV service

US confirms Gulen extradition request, but says no link with Turkey coup


Sudan floods kill 100, destroy villages: officials
Thousands of houses have been destroyed and several villages submerged after flooding triggered by torrential rainfall killed 100 people across Sudan, officials and an AFP photographer said on Sunday. ... more

Not all is green in Mexico City's Aztec garden district
Colorful gondolas lazily ferry tourists around the floating gardens of Mexico City's Xochimilco district, but not all is green in this idyllic vestige of the Aztec empire increasingly choked by urbanization. ... more

Sequencing of fungal disease genomes may help prevent banana arma
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in the Netherlands have discovered how a group of three closely related fungal pathogens have evolved into a lethal threat to the world's bana ... more

Archaeologists find Britain's last hunter-gatherers on small island
Human remains from the Late Mesolithic era - a period just prior to the introduction of farming - are nearly nonexistent in Britain. ... more

Saving bees: France's thriving city hives offer token help
Urban rooftops are buzzing across France, but the fad for beekeeping from Montpellier to Lille to Paris - including atop AFP's headquarters - will do little do reverse declining bee populations, experts say. ... more


Drought-hit Swaziland imposes four day water cuts
Drought-stricken Swaziland Thursday said it would begin sever water rationing in the capital Mbabane after levels in the main dam supplying the city fell to a critical low. ... more

California grapes threatened by giant fire
A massive wildfire has destroyed scores of buildings and threatens to raze several vineyards in California, where a prolonged drought has left vegetation tinder-dry, officials warned Tuesday. ... more
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Pesticides used to help bees may actually harm them


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Veolia net profit hit by restructuring charge

Brazilian restaurants turn waste back into food

Nottingham Dollies prove cloned sheep can live long and healthy lives

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Six more officials charged in Flint water scandal

Water resilience that flows

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World's deepest blue hole found in South China Sea

Exploring one of the largest salt flats in the world

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