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Plants & Animals Nov 11, 2020

Climate-adapted plant breeding

The famous seed vault in Spitsbergen and national gene banks retain hundreds of thousands of seed samples to preserve old varieties of crop plants and the genetic diversity associated with them. Are these seed banks gold ...

Other Nov 10, 2020

Trees and plants could become new additives in 'light' food products

More and more foods are now available in light versions with reduced fat.

Plants & Animals Nov 10, 2020

Land flatworms are invading the West Indies

In 2013, an inhabitant of Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, found a land flatworm in his garden and had the good idea to send the photograph to a network of naturalists. We then launched a citizen science survey in France to learn ...

Plants & Animals Nov 06, 2020

On the hunt for wild bananas in Papua New Guinea

The banana has its earliest origins in Papua New Guinea, where it was domesticated by indigenous communities at least 7,000 years ago. This ancestor, Musa acuminata, subspecies Banksii, looks very different from the ubiquitous ...

Ecology Nov 06, 2020

Honey bees lose sleep after ingesting pesticides, leading to greater stress and lower hive survival rates

Bees that ingest nonlethal levels of popular pesticides resembling nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, are losing sleep, according to new research from Vanderbilt University. That disruption of their circadian rhythm causes ...

Ecology Nov 05, 2020

After election: making the endangered species act more effective

Following the presidential election, a leading group of scientists are making the case that a 'rule reversal' will not be sufficient to allow the Endangered Species Act to do its job. Instead, they're calling for deeper improvements ...

Plants & Animals Nov 05, 2020

Research reveals infertile spikelets contribute to yield in sorghum and related grasses

Much of the food we eat comes from grasses such as rice, wheat, corn, sorghum, and sugarcane. These crops still resemble the wild species from which they were derived. In all grasses the structures that contain the flowers ...

Plants & Animals Nov 05, 2020

Diversified agriculture enhances ecosystem services and maintain yields

Increasing diversity in crop production systems benefits ecosystem services and biodiversity without compromising crop yields. An international research group found this by analyzing nearly 42,000 comparisons between diversified ...

Ecology Nov 05, 2020

Urban golf courses are biodiversity oases—opening them up puts that at risk

High demand for green space under COVID restrictions led councils in Melbourne to temporarily open golf courses to non-golfers and fuelled public calls to "unlock" or repurpose them permanently. However, this must be done ...

Environment Nov 02, 2020

Traditional skills help people on the tourism-deprived Pacific Islands survive the pandemic

Tourism in the South Pacific has been hit hard by COVID-19 border closures with thousands of people out of work.

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