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February 17, 2020

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Grain Traits Traced to 'Dark Matter' of Rice Genome

Research finds that a sizeable amount of domestication-related changes in rice reflects selection on traits that are determined by a portion of the genome that does not transcribe ... read more

Large Atmospheric Waves in the Jet Stream Present Risk to Global Food Production

Researchers have discovered jet stream patterns that could affect up to a quarter of global food ... read more

Data-Driven Definition of Unhealthy Yet Pervasive 'Hyper-Palatable' Foods

New research offers specific metrics that might qualify foods as hyper-palatable -- and finds most foods consumed in the United States meet these ... read more

You Don't Have to Go Cold Turkey on Red Meat to See Health Benefits

A new study has found that halving the amount red and processed (RPM) meat in the diet can have a significant impact on health, reducing the amount of LDL 'bad' cholesterol in the blood which cuts ... read more
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Lower Protein Diet May Lessen Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

A plant-based diet may be key to lowering risk for heart disease. Researchers determined that diets with reduced sulfur amino acids -- which occur in protein-rich foods, such as meats, dairy, nuts ... read more

Not-So-Dirty Birds? Not Enough Evidence to Link Wild Birds to Food-Borne Illness

Despite the perception that wild birds in farm fields can cause food-borne illness, a new study has found little evidence linking birds to E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter ... read more

Speedy Recovery: New Corn Performs Better in Cold

Around the world, each person eats an average of 70 pounds of corn each year, with even more grown for animal feed and biofuel. And as the global population continues to boom, increasing the amount ... read more

Pollination Is Better in Cities Than in the Countryside

Flowering plants are better pollinated in urban than in rural areas. Despite a greater diversity of flying insects in the countryside, more bees in cities pollinated more flowers of test plants. The ... read more

On the Menu: Study Says Dining out Is a Recipe for Unhealthy Eating for Most Americans

Study finds most restaurant meals eaten by Americans are of poor nutritional quality; minimal changes over 14 ... read more

Vomiting Bumblebees Show That Sweeter Is Not Necessarily Better

Animal pollinators support the production of three-quarters of the world's food crops, and many flowers produce nectar to reward the pollinators. A new study using bumblebees has found that the ... read more

Feeding the World Without Wrecking the Planet Is Possible

A study now suggests a comprehensive solution package for feeding 10 billion people within our planet's environmental boundaries. Supplying a sufficient and healthy diet for every person whilst ... read more

Insecticides Are Becoming More Toxic to Honey Bees

Researchers discover that neonicotinoid seed treatments are driving a dramatic increase in insecticide toxicity in U.S. agricultural landscapes, despite evidence that these treatments have little to ... read more

America's Most Widely Consumed Oil Causes Genetic Changes in the Brain

New research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and ... read more

New Model Shows How Crop Rotation Helps Combat Plant Pests

A new computational model shows how different patterns of crop rotation -- planting different crops at different times in the same field -- can impact long-term yield when the crops are threatened by ... read more

Nitrogen-Fixing Genes Could Help Grow More Food Using Fewer Resources

Scientists have transferred a collection of genes into plant-colonizing bacteria that let them draw nitrogen from the air and turn it into ammonia, a natural fertilizer. The work could help farmers ... read more

Are Sinking Soils in the Everglades Related to Climate Change?

Characterized by alligators, airboats and catfish, the Everglades is a region of swampy wetlands in southern Florida. In addition to the area's role in Florida's tourism industry, the ... read more

Global Diets Are Converging, With Benefits and Problems

Research has shown that diets are changing in complex ways worldwide. International food supply patterns are supporting healthier diets in parts of the world, but causing underweight and obesity ... read more

Nanosatellites Improve Detection of Early-Season Corn Nitrogen Stress

For corn growers, the decision of when and how much nitrogen fertilizer to apply is a perennial challenge. Scientists have shown that nanosatellites known as CubeSats can detect nitrogen stress early ... read more

Atlantic Circulation Collapse Could Cut British Crop Farming

Crop production in Britain will fall dramatically if climate change causes the collapse of a vital pattern of ocean currents, new research ... read more

Research Identifies Possible On/off Switch for Plant Growth

New research identifies a protein that controls plant growth -- good news for an era in which crops can get crushed by climate change. When the protein, IRK, is present, the root perceives a signal ... read more

Plants' 'Organic' Wounds Improve Produce

Scientists found benefits of insect leaf-wounding in fruit and vegetable production. Stress responses created in the fruits and vegetables initiated an increase in antioxidant compounds prior to ... read more

Drones Effective Tools for Fruit Farmers

Unmanned aerial vehicles provide reliable, accurate data to ... read more

Research Team Traces Evolution of the Domesticated Tomato

Evolutionary biologists and geneticists report that they have identified missing links in the tomato's evolution from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato of ... read more

Processed Foods Highly Correlated With Obesity Epidemic in the US

A review article highlights the correlation between highly processed foods and increased prevalence of obesity in the United ... read more

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