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NIH Invests in Collaborative Research to Understand Mechanisms Controlling Cell Division

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A three-year, $675,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to understand cell-size control in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

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Hugelkultur, Composting, Compost, gardenin, Vegetable, AgriLife, joe masabni, masabni

Hügelkultur: The Mound Method for Home Gardeners

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A bedding system new to Texas – hügelkultur – is trending among home gardeners looking for low-maintenance ways to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist Dr. Joe Masabni.

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soil, Compost, vermicompost, soil health, Worms, food scrap

What Is Vermicompost?

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Composting is a great way to reduce waste sent to landfills while benefiting garden soil. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) January 15 Soils Matter blog post explains the difference between traditional composting and vermicomposting—and how even apartment-dwellers can take part!

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Land Cover, Land Use Dynamics, Landsat Satellites, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Geospatial Sciences Center for Excellence

More Accurately Identifying Forests, Grasses, Crops

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A new program uses Landsat satellite data to automatically differentiate land cover into 16 categories in 30-meter resolution— and does so more accurately than other land cover products.

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Honey Bees, Pollination, Agriculture, Crops, Plants, Diversity

Worldwide Importance of Honey Bees for Natural Habitats Captured in New Report

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A new study integrating data from around the globe has shown that honey bees are the world’s most important single species of pollinator in natural ecosystems and a key contributor to natural ecosystem functions. The report weaves together information from 80 plant-pollinator interaction networks.

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Climate Change, urban agriculture, Sustainability, Food, energy & environmental research

Research Outlines the Interconnected Benefits of Urban Agriculture

a team of researchers led by Arizona State University and Google has assessed the value of urban agriculture and quantified its benefits at global scale. They report their findings in “A Global Geospatial Ecosystems Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture,” in the current issue of Earth’s Future.

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Crops, weed, weed control, organic agriculture, Agriculture

Robotic Weeders: To a Farm Near You?

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The future of weeding is here, and it comes in the form of a robot. Specialty crops such as lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions may be the first to benefit.

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Colony Collapse Disorder, tipping point, dynamical networks, pollinator-plant networks

New Tipping Point Prediction Model Offers Insights to Diminishing Bee Colonies

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A new method to predict tipping points – the moment at which sudden change occurs in complex networked systems – may offer insights that prevent colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon in which the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear, threatening the agricultural economy at a global level.

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Land Cover, land use change, vegetation change, Satellite Imagery Analysis, Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, Landsat Satellites, Terra and Aqua satellites, Modis

Modeling Vegetation More Accurately Using Satellite Imagery

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A new modeling approach that combines MODIS and Landsat imagery and analyzes multiple images through the year promises to more accurately track changes in vegetation and land use.

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UF Expert Gives Tips to Cut Your Energy Costs

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Jan. 10, which is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, serves as a reminder of how we can reduce those costs. By following some simple suggestions, we can save money on our energy bills by following easy tips, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences expert.







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