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Researchers Learning More About Herbicide Defense ‘Switch’ in Cereals
For decades, herbicide safeners have been used as a defense mechanism against stress caused by herbicides in cereal crops such as maize,...
Septoria Pathogen “Hijacks” Wheat Crop Defences
Wheat represents one of the most important food crops worldwide and its yields are continuously under threat from plant diseases often...
Crops Can do their Own Weed Control
In conventional farming, the most frequently used herbicides for weed control have a negative impact on the environment....
Toxins in Nectar and Pollen Poison Insects, Affect their Memory
Natural toxins in nectar and pollen can poison insects and affect their memory, behaviour and reproductive success, researchers have...
Mother Plants Teach Seeds About Seasons; Give Them a Thicker Coat
New research by Dr Steve Penfield from the John Innes Centre has found that 'mother' plants remember the seasons and use this memory...
Insecticides Foster 'Toxic' Slugs, Reduce Crop Yields
Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations,...
Can Organic Crops Compete with Industrial Agriculture?
A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture...
Protecting the Rainforest Through Agriculture and Forestry
Study investigates land use concepts in tropical mountain forests...
Can Stress Management Help Save Honeybees?
Honeybee populations are clearly under stress from the parasitic Varroa mite, insecticides, and a host of other factors but it's been...
Wild food is Important Ecosystem Service, Study Argues
Wild plants and animals consumed as food provide an important ecosystem service that deserves more policy attention, claims a recent...
Boosts in Productivity of Corn Modifies Northern Hemisphere Carbon Dioxide Cycle
Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants "inhale," then climb again...
Crops Play Major Role in Annual CO2 Cycle Increase
Each year, the planet balances its budget. The carbon dioxide absorbed by plants in the spring and summer as they convert solar energy...
Software to Improve Sugar Beet Production
Neiker-Tecnalia in coordination with the consulting firms HAZI Fundazioa (rural, shoreline and food development) and IK Ingeniería...
Prehistoric Farming on the 'Roof of the World'
Animal teeth, bones and plant remains have helped researchers from Cambridge, China and America to pinpoint a date for what could be...
New Framework Identifies High Nature Value Farmland
With over half of Europe’s species dependent on agricultural habitats, protecting ‘high nature value’ farmland is vital to biodiversity...
 
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