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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Under the dead sea, warnings of dire drought

Credit: Yael Kiro/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Nearly 1,000 feet below the bed of the Dead Sea, scientists have found evidence that during past warm periods, the Mideast has suffered drought on ..

Salmon with side effects

Credit: Norbert Kamjunke Salmon lead a fairly varied life. The adult fish live in the sea but swim upstream into rivers to reproduce and lay their eggs in gravel beds in the upper reaches. This is ..

Scientists follow seeds to solve ecological puzzle

Credit: Steve Kroiss What bothers a plant? Why are some plants rare while others are common? Are the rare plants simply adapted to rare habitat or are they losing the competition for habitat? Are th..

NIFA announces $11 million to support specialty crop pest management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $11 million in available funding through the Minor Crop Pest Management Program (also..

USDA announces $11 million to support antimicrobial resistance research

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 21, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $11 million in available funding for projects that ..

A new species of hard coral from the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Australia

Credit: Prof. Andrew Baird The discovery of a new species of hard coral, found on Lord Howe Island, suggests that the fauna of this isolated location in the Tasman Sea off south eastern Australia i..

New plant research leads to discovery of a gene that increases seed yield in...

Researchers from VIB-UGent have discovered a gene that significantly increases plant growth and seed yield in maize. Research into crop yield is crucial because of the increasing incidence of extreme ..

Cornell evolutionary biology professor explains how to ‘walk the Tree of Life’

Pop quiz: Are crocodiles more closely related to lizards or to birds? The answer may surprise you. Although traditional taxonomy classifies birds separately, they are actually closely related to croco..

Almond-crop fungicides a threat to honey bees

Annapolis, MD; March 17, 2017--Fungicides commonly used in almond orchards can be harmful to almond growers' primary pollinator: honey bees. According to new research to be published next week ..

How plants can tell friend from foe

Credit: 2017 Kyungmin Baeg, Hiro-oki Iwakawa, and Yukihide Tomari. The plant's immune system can recognize whether a piece of RNA is an invader or not based on whether the RNA has a threaded b..

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