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    Scientists identify optimal areas for conservation and agriculture in the tropics

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has recently completed a global study on the trade-offs between the benefits provided by tropical forests and its conversion for agricultural use. The team examined deforestation act… [...]

    Atlantic/Pacific ocean temperature difference fuels US wildfires

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories An international team of climate researchers from the US, South Korea and the UK has developed a new wildfire and drought prediction model for southwestern North America. Extending far beyond the current seasonal forecast, this study published in the j… [...]

    Taking the genomic revolution to corn fields to improve crops

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories “Having the sequence of a genome is like having the blueprint of a house,” says Natalia de Leon, a professor of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. [...]

    Researchers offer new and novel paradigm for advancing research on beneficial microbes

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories While beneficial microbes are becoming a more common tool in agriculture, their effectiveness in the field is severely blunted thanks to real-world environmental stressors like heat and drought, competition with other microbes, and interactions with th… [...]

    Study links sudden deaths in Bangladeshi children to chemicals sprayed on fruit trees

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Excessive and improper applications of insecticides and other agriculture chemicals in local fruit orchards may have triggered an outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), a condition often associated with deadly inflammation of the brain, that ki… [...]

    Back to our roots

    Original @ MIT News – Civil and environmental engineering MIT short program, Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and the Environment, unifies industry and academia. [...]

    Shaping up against pathogens

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Plants can reprogram their genetic material to mount a defensive response against pathogens, which may have applications for agriculture. [...]

    Struggling to ditch meat? Here are five ways to resist the temptation

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Are you a conflicted carnivore – loving meat but also hating that you love it? Perhaps you are worried about the carcinogenic, heart-clogging properties of cooked meat or the industry’s use of antibiotics creating threatening superbugs. Maybe you’re ashamed of all the wasted water and food that goes into meat production and the deforestation and damaging emissions caused by animal agriculture. Many of us also simply struggle to accept the justifications used to defend the killing of intelligent, emotionally sensitive animals. [...]

    Struggling to ditch meat? Here are five ways to resist the temptation

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Are you a conflicted carnivore – loving meat but also hating that you love it? Perhaps you are worried about the carcinogenic, heart-clogging properties of cooked meat or the industry’s use of antibiotics creating threatening superbugs. Maybe you’re ashamed of all the wasted water and food that goes into meat production and the deforestation and damaging emissions caused by animal agriculture. Many of us also simply struggle to accept the justifications used to defend the killing of intelligent, emotionally sensitive animals. [...]

    Researchers combining data and technology to make agriculture more sustainable

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Due to the large usage of water in agriculture, many California communities no longer have running water, and collapsing aquifers have caused roads and buildings to sink several feet. Purdue University electrical and computer engineering professor Davi… [...]