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shade grown coffee, bird diversity

Birds and Beans: Study Shows Which Type of Coffee Plantations Are Best for Bird Diversity

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Which is better for bird diversity: Arabica or Robusta beans?

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farming fruit, Farming, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Michigan, Latino, Latino Community, Small Business, Michigan State University, Latino culture, Farmer

Michigan State University Team to Empower Latino Farmers

Armed with a $600,000 grant, Michigan State University researchers will work alongside Latino migrant farmers to reshape how Michigan harvests fruit – and cultivate a new workforce.

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Biochar, soil, soil health, soil contaminants, Soil Contamination

How Does Biochar Work to Improve, or Even Decontaminate, Soil?

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What can be made with unwanted materials, looks like charcoal, and provides multiple benefits to soil health? Biochar! The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) February 15 Soils Matter blog explains what biochar is and how it helps improve—or decontaminate--soil.

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chickpeas, Genetics, Agriculture, Food Security, UVM, Turkey, Protein, wild, crop breeding, hummus, Climate Change, Vermont, Kurdistan, Plant Biology, drought resistance, pest resistance

Genetic Limits Threaten Chickpeas, a Globally Critical Food

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Scientists have discovered an extreme lack of genetic diversity and other threats to the future adaptability of domestic chickpeas, the primary source of protein of 20 percent of the world's people. But they also collected wild relatives of chickpeas in Turkey that hold great promise as a source of new genes for traits like drought-resistance, resistance to pod-boring beetles, and heat tolerance.

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Nitrogen, Nitrogen Cycle, cover crop, crop nutrient, Agriculture

Cover Crops in Nitrogen’s Circle of Life

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A circle of life–and nitrogen–is playing out in farms across the United States. And researchers are trying to get the timing right. The goal is to time nutrient release from cover crops to better match the nutrient needs of specific cash crops.

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Ticks, Lyme Disease, Vector Borne Diseases, Forest, Invasive Plants

Every Rose Has Its Thorn — and Its Tick

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When it comes to avoiding Lyme disease, know your forest. That's the cautionary tale from a new study which found that ticks in urban parks in Delaware dominated by an invasive rose bush were nearly twice as likely to be infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, as compared to ticks from uninvaded forest fragments.

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Action Plan Released to Conserve One of Africa’s Richest Sites for Biodiversity

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A team of scientists led by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has developed a conservation blueprint to protect one of the most biodiverse regions in Africa: the Albertine Rift, home to mountain and Grauer’s gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants, and 162 vertebrate, and 350 plant species unique to this region.

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Biofuel, Renewable Energy, Biomass

Researchers Identify Gene That Improves Plant Growth and Conversion to Biofuels

A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels.

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Biology, Ecology, Science, Snakes, Rodents, Seeds, Animals

Snacking Snakes Act as ‘Ecosystem Engineers’ in Seed Dispersal

Despite the bad rap snakes often get, they are more central to ecology than most people realize. New research reveals that snakes might even play a key role in dispersing plant seeds.







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