Agriculture

  1. Pyrgus scriptura butterfly
    Animals

    Evidence piles up for popular pesticides’ link to pollinator problems

    Neonicotinoid pesticides linked to population declines in California butterflies and wild bee extinctions in Great Britain.

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  2. drought in Yemen
    Environment

    New desalination tech could help quench global thirst

    Designed with better, more energy-efficient materials, next-generation desalination plants may offer a way to meet the world’s growing need for freshwater.

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  3. a field of corn
    Agriculture

    New analysis: Genetically engineered foods not a health risk

    No real evidence for health or environmental dangers of GE crops.

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  4. lab images of embolisms in leaf veins
    Plants

    Here’s what a leaf looks like during a fatal attack of bubbles

    Office equipment beats synchrotrons in showing how drought lets air bubbles kill the water-carrier network of veins in plant leaves.

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  5. Bt peanut plants
    Agriculture

    Bacterium still a major source of crop pesticide

    Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria have provided pest-fighting toxins for over 50 years.

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  6. Agriculture

    Readers debate GMOs

    Genetically-modified food, nuclear fusion, black holes and more reader feedback.

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  7. Sangiovese Grapes
    Agriculture

    Wine quality subject to climate change

    Wine quality could suffer as climate change desynchronizes warm temperatures and droughts, preventing grape growers from harvesting at the optimum time.

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  8. Sangiovese Grapes
    Agriculture

    Climate change threatens quality of French, Swiss wines

    Wine quality could suffer as climate change desynchronizes warm temperatures and droughts, preventing grape growers from harvesting at the optimum time.

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  9. glyphosate
    Agriculture

    FDA to test foods for controversial herbicide

    Amid controversy and conflicting studies, the FDA will test food for glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world.

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  10. raspberry leaf and microbes
    Agriculture

    Plants trick bacteria into attacking too soon

    Scientists have discovered that a plant compound interferes with bacterial communication.

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  11. can of SpaghettiOs
    Science & Society

    ‘GMOs’ isn’t a four-letter word, but it is hard to define

    The definition of what constitutes a genetically modified organism is a challenge to those tasked with developing standards for labeling foods that contain GMOs.

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  12. salmon
    Genetics

    GMOs haven’t delivered on their promises — or risks

    Genetically modified foods have been studied extensively and are abundant on supermarket shelves, but they haven’t managed to end world hunger yet.

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