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Bodyguards for precious seeds—without chemical mace

Naturally occurring, plant-associated bacteria as a crop protection agent are now avail-able for use in crop protection to alleviate the contamination of soil with pesticides—arguably the most environmentally ...

Salt-tolerant herb rich in antioxidant compounds

Epidemiological studies have emphasised the importance of eating foods high in antioxidants to reduce the risk of developing cancer and cardiovascular disease, two leading causes of death worldwide. Inside ...

Study questions existence of housekeeping genes

In a study to better understand the role of the body's "housekeeping" genes, scientists in the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University scoured every existing ...

Using ozone to protect papaya exports

Postharvest diseases reduce the value and quality of agricultural products, leading to economic losses for growers and producers. This is a major issue for agricultural countries like Malaysia, which exports ...

16 new lettuce breeding lines from ARS

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in California have developed 16 new lettuce breeding lines. Lettuce production in the United States is concentrated mostly in California and Arizona, where ...

New begonia germplasm lines both beautiful and sturdy

Two new begonia germplasm lines developed by Agricultural Research Service and collaborating scientists are now available for use in breeding elite varieties of the ornamental crop that can tolerate the heat ...

New light on bacterial microcompartments

Bacteria contain "microcompartments," which are poorly understood organelles that play critical roles in metabolism. Understanding how they work may ultimately enable engineering them for useful applications. In salmonella, ...

Altering genes with the aid of light

Scientists have been manipulating genes for a while. The University of Pittsburgh's Alexander Deiters just found a way to control the process with higher precision.

Satellites catch the birth of two volcanic islands
Uncovering diversity in an invisible ocean world
Making an impact on concussions
A new era for genetic interpretation
Study reports rise in psychotic symptoms in Kenya
Recharging in private
Mobilising against hypertension in South Africa
Understanding cancer onset
Linking superconductivity and structure
Scientist provides new fluid dynamics insights
Image: XMM-Newton self-portraits with planet Earth
Nanosilver and the future of antibiotics

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