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A new vaccine to fight poultry diseases

Vaccination is one method used to help prevent the spread of infectious poultry diseases, but current vaccines could be safer and more effective.

Mar 23, 2015
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Redundant egg layers can become food

Three million egg-laying hens are destroyed each year. Researchers believe that this practice is inadequately sustainable and want to see the hens exploited for food, oils and proteins.

Mar 20, 2015
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High-tech boost for beef producers

The farmers of the future will soon have a new tool at their disposal. Within two years, an artificial intelligence system trained to recognise indicators of animal condition will take its place in the yards ...

Mar 17, 2015
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Artificial control of starch synthesis in plants

A research group is the first in the world to identify the gene that controls starch synthesis in plants. Their study, entitled "CO2 Responsive CCT protein, CRCT Is a Positive Regulator of Starch Synthesis in Vegetative Organs of ...

Mar 17, 2015
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Five business models for urban farming

There is good money to be made in urban farming. Wageningen UR research into business models found five different options and showed how smart urban farmers can best choose for a combination.

Mar 05, 2015
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Vaccines from a reactor

In the event of an impending global flu pandemic, vaccine production could quickly reach its limits, as flu vaccines are still largely produced in embryonated chicken eggs. Udo Reichl, Director at the Max ...

Mar 02, 2015
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Even animals compose

An international research team lead by Marisa Hoeschele from the University of Vienna argue that only by combining examination of species' natural behaviour and artificially testing species for their potentials the animal ...

Feb 17, 2015
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Perfume could be the riskiest gift you'll ever buy

When it comes to making careful plans to impress that significant other, certain things can seem like musts. Classy restaurant – check. Romantic atmosphere – check. Best suit or little black dress – ...

Feb 16, 2015
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If you could clone yourself, would you still have sex?

Imagine how easy life would be if you could produce offspring without a mate. Sexual reproduction is the most common mating system in the animal kingdom. But in many species, females do not require males ...

Feb 13, 2015
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Researchers develop new high-yield pear cultivar

A new pear cultivar, 'Gem', has been released jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Oregon State University, Michigan State University and Clemson University. Gem is ideal for the fresh market, ...

How to raise tasty cannibal crabs

Do you like eating crabs? In Jakarta, enjoying the tasty crustaceans has become a hot trend, as more restaurants with names like The Holy Crab and Cut the Crab open up. Crabs are delicious delicacies, great ...

Sweet potato leaves a good source of vitamins

Sweetpotato is known to be a good source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and certain B vitamins that are considered essential to human health. Besides the commonly consumed root of the plant, certain tissues in sweetpotato are ...

Sun may determine lifespan at birth, study finds

Could the Sun be your lucky—or unlucky—star? In an unusual study published Wednesday, Norwegian scientists said people born during periods of solar calm may live longer, as much as five years on average, ...

Wearable device helps vision-impaired avoid collision

Carnival game mimics eye growth

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Current Biology reviews the biology of fun

Current Biology celebrates its 25th birthday with a special issue on January 5, 2015 on the biology of fun (and the fun of biology). In a collection of essays and review articles, the journal presents what w ...

The economics of newly graduated veterinarians

Animals can teach us more about the human body than we might realize. Crack open New York Times bestseller "Zoobiquity," and you'll learn about a human cardiologist's experiences at the Los Angeles Zoo that ...

Antarctic ice shelves rapidly thinning

Designer's toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines

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