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Water Quality Research, Phosphates, Nitrates, Heavy Metals, Duckweed, Upper Big Sioux River Watershed Project, U.S. Geological Survey, South Dakota Water Resources Institute, South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station

Aquatic Plant May Help Remove Contaminants From Lakes

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A tiny aquatic plant called duckweed might be a viable option for remove phosphorus, nitrates, nitrites and even heavy metals from lakes, ponds and slow-moving waterbodies.

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Florida First Detectors Help ID Invasive Plant Pests Before They Spread

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Florida has the most invasive species of any state in the country, and half of the insects, reptiles, arachnids and crustaceans imported into the United States come through Florida ports, University of Florida experts say. So, UF/IFAS has teamed up with government agencies to create a program to teach the public how to identify these insects before they become prolific.

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Thanksgiving Dinner, Food research, Agricultural, Sustaibability

Soils and Your Thanksgiving Meal

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Did you know soil scientists are making your Thanksgiving dinner more sustainable? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) November 15 Soils Matter blog explains research to make cranberries, poultry litter, and sweet potatoes better for the environment.

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Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? UW Studies Say Yes

A University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable competitor in the biofuels market by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently — after only two or three years — instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle.

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intercropping, Sorgh, Groundnut, Sahel, Fertilizer, international agriculture

Filling Intercropping Info Gap

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In some parts of Africa, farmers intercrop sorghum – a grain – and peanuts. But they face a major information gap. There hasn’t been much research on optimal levels of fertilizer use for intercropping sorghum and peanuts in these areas. A new study has filled this information gap. Researchers from Niger, Mali, and the United States have developed a method to help farmers determine how much fertilizer to apply when intercropping.

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UF/IFAS Experts: Clean and Cook Holiday Meals Thoroughly

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Here are hints to avoid food-borne illnesses from a holiday meal.

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UF/IFAS Celebrates Partnership as It Commemorates Century of CREC

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Whether they’ve faced problems with pests, pathogens, soils, water or natural disasters, growers have turned to scientists at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center for answers for the past 100 years.

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Rain, Raindrops, Pathogens, Crops, Dispersal, splash, Grain, Wheat, Plants, Seungho Kim, Hope Gruszewski, Todd Gidley, David G. Schmale III, Sunghwan Jung, Virginia Tech, Division of Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Dynamics, American Physical Society, APS, DFD

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CORN, Maize, Crops, Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Food, Agriculture

Breeding Highly Productive Corn Has Reduced Its Ability to Adapt

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison wanted to know whether the last 100 years of selecting for corn that is acclimated to particular locations has changed its ability to adapt to new or stressful environments. By measuring populations of corn plants planted across North America, they could test how the corn genomes responded to different growing conditions.

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UF/IFAS Researcher Named to Global Climate, Crop-Modeling Panel

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A University of Florida professor known for his work in using computer models to predict crop yields has been named to a newly formed global leadership panel for the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program, also known as AgMIP.







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