A better understanding of the impacts of grazing sheep
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is giving guidance to growers in Montana and the Dakotas on how grazing sheep when fields are left fallow will affect soil quality.
Invasive weeds could shed light on climate-coping
(Phys.org) —In the race to adapt to climate change, weeds may be the winners. Understanding their well-honed coping mechanisms could inform strategies for ecological management, says a Cornell crop and ...
Researchers propose new solution to ensure biofuel plants don't become noxious weeds
Raising plants for biofuels is many farmers' dream. The lucrative crops grow with a minimal amount of work and can be harvested using existing equipment. However, some plants that are ideal for bioenergy production come with ...
Assembling the transcriptome of a noxious weed: New resources for studying how plants invade
In order to build and maintain cells, DNA is copied into ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules, also called transcripts. Transcripts are often like a recipe for making proteins, and a collection of all the transcripts in a cell ...
Forest monitoring technology could help in carbon accounting
Technology developed by CSIRO is providing an unprecedented level of information about the stability of Australia's forests and greenhouse balance.
Citizens recruited to fight the weed invasion
Australians have been urged to defend their native landscapes against an insidious invasion of slow-spreading weeds.
Field tests seek new control methods for resistant ragweed in cotton crops
Giant ragweed lives up to its name, towering over crops and choking out surrounding plant species. Just one ragweed plant per square meter has been shown to reduce crop yields 45 to 77 percent. Now giant ragweed has evolved ...
Dogs, humans team up to help eradicate Dyer's woad in Montana
A Labrador that's trained to find cadavers, and a Border collie plucked from a Bozeman animal shelter are now helping rid Montana of noxious weeds.
US groups win challenge to gene-altered crops
(AP)—A U.S. judge sided on Tuesday with environmental groups that challenged the planting of genetically-modified crops on National Wildlife Refuges in the South.
Scientists fight 'super weeds' with sustainability
(Phys.org)—Across the United States, fields of genetically engineered crops have become laboratories for the evolution of glyphosate-resistant (GR) weeds. These fast-growing "super weeds"—resistant to ...
Greenpeace warns EU off herbicide-tolerant GM crops
Global environmental watchdog Greenpeace launched a new report Monday warning the European Union against authorising herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (HTGE) crops, saying they would lead to herbicide-resistant ...
New biodegradable, linseed straw mat hoped to transform future of Australia's agriculture and farming industries
Made from linseed straw, the CSIRO mat is 100% organic, and unlike conventional black plastic matting, completely biodegrades.
High court to hear farmer, Monsanto seed dispute
(AP)—The Supreme Court is agreeing to hear a dispute between a soybean farmer and Monsanto Co. over the company's efforts to limit farmer's use of its patented, genetically engineered Roundup Ready seeds.
How to restore native grasslands in the interior Pacific Northwest
Weed scientists in Oregon have found that the timing of herbicide application along with reseeding of native grasses offers the best recipe for restoring native grasslands while controlling invasive weeds. Grasslands are ...