No-win situation for agricultural expansion in the Amazon, research says
The large-scale expansion of agriculture in the Amazon through deforestation will be a no-win scenario, according to a new study. Published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, it shows that d ...
British group outlines plan for open-access publishing for publicly funded research papers
Scientists identify critical 'quality control' for cell growth
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have identified a series of intricate biochemical steps that lead to the successful production of proteins, the basic working units of any cell.
Online retail contributes to decline in product quality, study shows
(Phys.org) -- Consumers may revel in the convenience of online shopping, but the low prices on the Internet are often accompanied by even lower product quality, warns new research co-written by a University ...
Banana genome helps fruit on the slippery slope
French scientists on Wednesday announced they had sequenced the DNA code of the banana, a vital crop whose future is darkened by emerging pests and complicated by its strangely inbred character.
Study proposes new way to save Africa's beleaguered soils
A Washington State University researcher and colleagues make a case in the journal Nature for a new type of agriculture that could restore the beleaguered soils of Africa and help the continent feed itself ...
US firms bringing work home from overseas
(Phys.org)—Increasingly, U.S. firms are moving or considering moving their manufacturing operations back to domestic soil from overseas, finds a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University supply chain expert.
Biofuel production: a drink-or-drive issue?
(PhysOrg.com) -- Federal requirements to increase the production of ethanol has developed into a "drink-or-drive issue" in the Midwest as a result of biofuel production's impact on water supplies and water ...
Horizontal string trimmer reduces labor costs, increases peach size
As consumer demand for premium fruit increases, growers are being challenged to bring consistently high-quality fruit to market. And to boost their bottom line, orchard owners are experimenting with new techniques ...
Learning from our mistakes: Consumers won't be deceived twice
Sometimes a high price tag, a label, or an ingredient can lead us to believe that we're purchasing a high-quality item. But what happens if the attribute that attracted us to the product is false or meaningless? A new study ...
Secret of sperm quality control revealed
Yale researchers have discovered how the "guardian of the genome'' oversees quality control in the production of sperm and perhaps in many other cells as well.
Sustainability threatened by rising demand for livestock products
Global demand for meat, milk and eggs has tripled in the past four decades and is expected to double by 2050. Increased global livestock production has great impacts on the environment and increases global warming. A major ...
Low-carbon farming takes root in Brazil's Amazon
Manoel Jose Leite, a small-scale organic farmer, is set to pioneer low-carbon agriculture in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, which for decades has been destroyed by expanding agribusiness.
Interdisciplinary research looks at whole-farm sustainability
Weeds, manure, slugs, cows and a vegetable oil-powered tractor are all part of a unique study being conducted in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.