Agriculture

  1. rice paddy
    Climate

    As CO2 increases, rice loses B vitamins and other nutrients

    Field experiments add vitamins to list of nutrients at risk from a changing atmosphere.

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  2. plant
    Agriculture

    Nanoparticles could help rescue malnourished crops

    Nanoparticles normally used to fight cancer could also be used to treat malnourished crops.

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  3. sweet potatoes
    Genetics

    Sweet potatoes might have arrived in Polynesia long before humans

    Genetic analysis suggests that sweet potatoes were present in Polynesia over 100,000 years ago, and didn’t need help crossing the Pacific.

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  4. peatland fire in Indonesia
    Ecosystems

    When bogs burn, the environment takes a hit

    Bogs and other peatlands around the world store outsized amounts of carbon. Climate change and agriculture are putting them at risk.

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  5. cacao flowers
    Plants

    The flowers that give us chocolate are ridiculously hard to pollinate

    Cacao trees are really fussy about pollination.

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  6. Zinfandel grapevine
    Agriculture

    Grapevines are more drought-tolerant than thought

    Grapevines handle drought better than previously thought. This could inform irrigation management.

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  7. agricultural fields
    Earth

    Gassy farm soils are a shockingly large source of these air pollutants

    California’s farm soils produce a surprisingly large amount of smog-causing air pollutants.

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  8. worker honeybee
    Animals

    The mystery of vanishing honeybees is still not definitively solved

    The case has never been fully closed for colony collapse disorder, and now bees face bigger problems.

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  9. honeybee
    Animals

    Honeybees fumble their way to blueberry pollination

    Blueberry flowers drive honeybees to grappling, even stomping a leg or two down a bloom throat, to reach pollen.

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  10. Asian tiger mosquito
    Animals

    EPA OKs first living pest-control mosquito for use in United States

    Feds approve non-GM male tiger mosquitoes for sale as fake dads to suppress local pests.

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  11. honeybees
    Agriculture

    Much of the world’s honey now contains bee-harming pesticides

    A controversial group of chemicals called neonicotinoids has a global impact, tests of honey samples show.

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  12. José Dinneny
    Plants

    José Dinneny rethinks how plants hunt for water

    Plant biologist José Dinneny probes the very beginnings of root development, which may have important implications for growing food in a changing climate.

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