Agriculture

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. chicken farm
    Agriculture

    ‘Big Chicken’ chronicles the public health dangers of using antibiotics in farming

    A new book takes a hard look at the chicken industry for its role in fostering antibiotic resistance.

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  10. diamondback moth
    Agriculture

    GM moth trial gets a green light from USDA

    GM diamondback moths will take wing in a New York field trial.

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  11. corn earworm
    Climate

    Climate change might help pests resist corn’s genetic weapon

    Rising temperatures may allow pests to eat corn that is genetically modified to produce an insect-killing toxin.

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  12. Arizona wheat field
    Climate

    Changing climate could worsen foods’ nutrition

    Climate change could aggravate hidden hunger by sapping micronutrients from soils and plants, reducing nutrition in wheat, rice and other crops.

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