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Agricultural Production/Economics

Fungi strengthen plants to fend off aphids

GREEN TRANSITION Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have demonstrated that unique fungi strengthen the "immune systems" of wheat and bean plants against aphids. Fungi enter and influence the amount of a plant's own defences,…

Ageing dams pose growing threat: UN

By 2050, most of humanity will live downstream of large dams built in the 20th century; Increasingly expensive to maintain, experts foresee a trend to decommissioning damsCredit: UNU-INWEH By 2050, most people on Earth will live…

Abandoned cropland should produce biofuels

Growing grass may be a simple solution Growing perennial grasses on abandoned cropland has the potential to counteract some of the negative impacts of climate change by switching to more biofuels, according to a research group from the…

A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era

Credit: Alison Crowther Indiana Jones and Lara Croft have a lot to answer for. Public perceptions of archaeology are often thoroughly outdated, and these characterisations do little to help. Yet archaeology as practiced…

The end of domestic wine in 17th century Japan

September 1632 document likely shows the order for the last batch of Japanese wine in the Edo periodCredit: Professor Tsuguharu Inaba Researchers from Kumamoto University (Japan) have found an Edo period document that clearly indicates the…

Cotton quality mapping as a tool for growers

Modern cotton-harvesting equipment can identify and track modules created during harvest down to the subfield. By combining these data with information such as yield maps and fiber quality results, producers can identify practices,…

Measuring the belowground world

Researchers call for greater consideration of soil biodiversity and functions in international conservation strategiesCredit: Carlos Guerra If you asked people which group of animals is the most abundant on earth, hardly anyone…