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How do we combat strawberry crop pathogens?

A microscopic fungus that kills up to one million strawberry plants each year in WA strawberry farms is the focus of research which aims to eliminate the need for chemical fungicides in crops.

Jul 04, 2014 not rated yet 0

Anti-depressants disrupt fish's brains

Drugs designed to ease the symptoms of mental health problems such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress can have major disruptive effects on aquatic animals' brains, say ...

Jul 04, 2014 4.8 / 5 (10) 5

The power of the power nap

For hibernating mammals, the pre-winter months are a race against time to accumulate enough energy reserves to last until spring. Offspring born late in the year have much less time to achieve this. Austrian scientists have ...

Jul 03, 2014 4.7 / 5 (3) 0

Old ways help modern maize to defend itself

Many modern crops have high productivity, but have lost their ability to produce certain defence chemicals, making them vulnerable to attack by insects and pathogens. Swiss scientists are exploring ways to help protect 21st ...

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