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One crop, two ways, multiple benefits

Nitrogen fixation is one of the best examples of cooperation in nature. Soil microbes - naturally occurring bacteria in the soil - work with plants to pull nitrogen from the air. They turn the nitrogen into a form the plant ...

dateJan 06, 2016 in Environment
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Kaolin effectively controls whitefly in beans

In Colombia, bean crops contribute significantly to the region's agriculture. Because these important crops are vulnerable to pests and diseases, growers often need to rely on chemicals to protect valuable crops. New research ...

dateJan 05, 2016 in Ecology
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Wild bee decline threatens US crop production

The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they're disappearing in many of the country's most important farmlands—including California's Central Valley, the Midwest's corn belt, and the Mississippi River valley.

dateDec 21, 2015 in Ecology
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Climate-smart agriculture still lags after Paris

Environmental problems are usually multifaceted and complex. This is especially true for climate change. As a result, over time researchers and policymakers have learned the importance of a comprehensive and multi-pollutant ...

dateDec 21, 2015 in Environment
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GM crops can benefit organic farmers too

Have you eaten organic food today? If you have eaten anything, then technically you've eaten organic. By definition, all food is organic, it just may not have been grown under industry standards, such as Australian Certified ...

dateDec 09, 2015 in Biotechnology
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