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  • Insecticide can change a spider’s personality

    Spiders have personalities. Like people, some are adventurous. Others are more cautious. And just like us, these personality traits can be affected by exposure to pollutants. A new study finds that a chemical commonly used to kill an orchard pest, a type of moths, did just that. It changed the behavior of a jumping spider — one that normally eats those orchard moths.

    The findings...

    07:00 AM, September 15, 2015 Toxicology, Agriculture, Environment
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Plant ‘vampires’ lay in wait

    Most plants make their own food. However, some — known as parasites — live by mooching off of others. New research offers surprising insight into how these freeloaders find their hosts. And figuring out how to thwart their tactics might help save our lunch. The new data, for instance, may show farmers how they might protect crops such as rice and beans, which can fall prey to such energy-...

    07:00 AM, September 1, 2015 Plants, Genetics, Agriculture
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Organic food starts to prove its worth

    At the supermarket, there are usually two sections in the produce aisle. In one, all the fruits and vegetables, from apples to zucchini, are labeled “organic.” Often these products cost more than ones that look the same but don’t have the organic label.

    The big price tag can lead people to assume organic food is better than conventionally grown food. But, in the United States, the label...

    07:15 AM, August 21, 2015 Agriculture, Nutrition, Environment, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Carbon ‘sponge’ found beneath desert

    Irrigating farms in dry parts of the globe may provide an unplanned climate benefit. This water appears to have washed enormous amounts of carbon deep underground, a new study indicates. Locked away there — in the form of the climate-warming carbon dioxide — this carbon has not had an opportunity to contribute to global warming.

    Over the past century, human activities have been spewing...

    07:00 AM, August 17, 2015 Pollution, Weather & Climate, Agriculture
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Ditching farm pollution — literally

    A ditch shrouded in snow may look serene. But soon it will begin funneling potentially toxic pollution from nearby farm fields into nearby lakes and streams. Scientists are now looking to reshape those ditches to keep farm chemicals and soils where they’ll do the most good: on the farm.

    Farmers often construct ditches along natural drainage paths. These channels carry away excess rain...

    07:15 AM, April 17, 2015 Agriculture, Pollution, Algae & Fungi, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Livestock: A need to save rare breeds

    Make sure the ground is soft before startling Chip. He’s a Tennessee fainting goat at a farm in Newport, R.I. When Chip or other fainting goats get surprised, their muscles freeze up. Then “they just fall over — stiff like a board,” says George Saperstein. He’s a veterinary professor at Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass., and an adviser to SVF. It’s the foundation that runs the farm on...

    07:15 AM, January 9, 2015 Agriculture, Animals
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Explainer: What is a gene bank?

    People save money in banks, in case of an emergency. Genetic banks serve a similar purpose for farmers and scientists who work to conserve rare plants and animals. Researchers or farmers can withdraw samples from these “gene” banks to help rebuild populations of rare plant varieties and animal breeds or to help increase genetic diversity within species.

    Gene banks also preserve cells or...

    07:01 AM, January 9, 2015 Agriculture, Genetics
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Drones put spying eyes in the sky

    Thomas Snitch is no ordinary spy.

    On a May night last year, Snitch gathered his surveillance team in a wild corner of South Africa. They waited until well after sunset before stealthily beginning their mission. Using a catapult powered by a bungee cord, the experts launched a small airplane over the deep and dark landscape, thick with acacia trees sporting 5-centimeter (2-inch) thorns....

    08:00 AM, November 6, 2014 Robotics, Mathematics, Agriculture, Environment
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Saving the banana

    Meet the world’s most popular fruit. Snack-size, portable and each with its own wrapper — it’s the banana! Diners consume billions each year throughout the world. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. And in banana-producing countries, more than 400 million people rely on bananas in order to survive.

    The big, bright-yellow banana most commonly found in American and...

    08:53 AM, August 28, 2014 Plants, Microbes, Agriculture, Genetics
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • Bug-killer linked to decline in birds

    Farmers often use chemicals to kill the bugs that dine on crops. But insects aren't the poisons' only victims. A new study links widespread use of one insecticide with a drop in the number of local birds.  A second study finds relatively high levels of this chemical — and related ones — taint rivers that drain off of U.S. farmlands.

    Both studies focused on bug killers known as...

    09:30 AM, July 29, 2014 Environment, Agriculture
    Readability Score: 6.9

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