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Unknown rice parasite threatens harvests in Africa

Few agronomists are familiar with Rhamphicarpa fistulosa, a fragile weed with white flowers, from the broomrape family. Yet this root parasite is increasingly affecting rice cultivation in Africa. This has ...

dateSep 25, 2014 in Ecology
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Earthworms as nature's free fertilizer

Earthworm presence in the soil increases crop yield, shows a new study that was published this week in Scientific Reports. "This is not unexpected," says Jan Willem van Groenigen, associate professor in the ...

dateSep 16, 2014 in Environment
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Plants can 'switch off' virus DNA

A team of virologists and plant geneticists at Wageningen UR has demonstrated that when tomato plants contain Ty-1 resistance to the important Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV), parts of the virus DNA ...

dateAug 22, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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Ecologists make first image of food niche

The ecological niche concept is very important in ecology. But what a niche looks like is fairly abstract. Now, for the first time, Wageningen and British researchers have concretely visualised this. The ...

dateJul 11, 2014 in Ecology
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Insect community driven by plant hormones

Plants are not solitary, defenceless organisms but rather the centre of a vibrant community consisting of tens or even hundreds of insect species. Plants possess a wide range of defence mechanisms that are ...

dateMay 13, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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