SDSU scientists 're-discover' switchgrass moth
(PhysOrg.com) -- South Dakota State University scientists have “re-discovered” an insect that was first described by a scientist in the year 1910, but hasn’t been studied since.
Miscanthus, a biofuels crop, can host western corn rootworm
The western corn rootworm beetle, a pest that feasts on corn roots and corn silk and costs growers more than $1 billion annually in the U.S., also can survive on the perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus, a pote ...
Virus may chauffeur useful 'packages' into plants
This time of year, the word "virus" conjures up a bedridden stint with coughs and chills - something everyone goes to great lengths to avoid.
Exploring the Stone Age pantry
The consumption of wild cereals among prehistoric hunters and gatherers appears to be far more ancient than previously thought, according to a University of Calgary archaeologist who has found the oldest example ...
Fertilizer use not always helpful in revegetation efforts
Companies and communities trying to restore vegetation on damaged northern landscapes should think twice about using fertilizer to stimulate growth according to new research published in the November issue of Arctic, Antarctic an ...
Global barcode project to scan plants in the wild
(PhysOrg.com) -- A cheap and fast method of identifying the world's most important plants in the wild could soon be possible, thanks to a global project involving the University of Adelaide.
Ancient pygmy sea cow discovered
(PhysOrg.com) -- The discovery of a Middle Eocene (48.6-37.2 million years ago) sea cow fossil by McGill University professor Karen Samonds has culminated in the naming of a new species. This primitive "dugong" ...
New Switchgrass Germplasm Collected in Florida
(PhysOrg.com) -- Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators have collected 46 new populations of switchgrass in Florida, adding valuable new accessions to the germplasm collection of this ...
Time-Tunneling for Climate Change Clues
(PhysOrg.com) -- If you look closely at individual plant species' responses in the past, you may find that the largest effects of high carbon dioxide (CO2) levels occurred decades ago, according to Agricultural ...
Researchers Discover Use for Carbon Dioxide in Conversion of Biomass Into Biofuel
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at Columbia University have successfully discovered a beneficial use for carbon dioxide in the conversion of organic materials, such as grass and bark, into fuel. Their findings ...
Springtime Sheep Grazing Helps Control Leafy Spurge
(PhysOrg.com) -- Using sheep to control leafy spurge works best if it's done in the spring every year, according to an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) study.
Government to remap manatee habitat
It has been more than 30 years since federal wildlife managers formally mapped the places where endangered manatee live in Florida. On Tuesday, they acknowledged it's probably time for an update.
From grass to water, Chesapeake Bay experts differ on meaning of 'clean'
After a recent rain, Baltimore's Inner Harbor is clogged with an eclectic combination of garbage -- soda bottles and a large purple ball, sticks and dirt, candy wrappers and a hollowed-out television.
NASA Heads Out to Sea
NASA scientists Maury Estes and Mohammad Al-Hamdan have been seafaring in the Gulf of Mexico, and one of them grew a bit green around the gills. It's not surprising that a space agency scientist might have ...