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Flowers' polarization patterns help bees find food

Bees use their ability to 'see' polarized light when foraging for food, researchers based at the University of Bristol have discovered. This is the first time bees have been found to use this ability for something other than navigation

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New roses need less care

Raspberry Vigarosa is one of the newer varieties in the Earth-Kind dwarf rose study at the Hammond Research Station

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Plant researchers sow seeds of major disease breakthrough

Breakthrough research carried out by The University of Western Australia and scientists in India and China has established that oilseed varieties resistant to the devastating fungal disease Sclerotinia can be bred readily

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Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition

The results showed a significant decrease in the concentrations of zinc, iron, and protein in C3 grains

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New link between neonicotinoids and collapse of honey bee colonies

Researchers demonstrated again in this study that neonicotinoids are highly likely to be responsible for triggering CCD in honey bee hives that were healthy prior to the arrival of winter

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Paleontologists discover new fossil organism

Likely related to our ancestors, “Plexus ricei” was much like a tapeworm or modern flatworm, say UC Riverside researchers

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Water-saving innovations in Chinese agriculture

Scientists from China, Australia and Canada have published a critical review of China's freshwater shortage and associated agricultural production and environmental issues.

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Soils under Britain’s allotments are significantly healthier than intensively farmed soils

First study to show that growing at small-scale in urban areas produces food sustainably without damaging soils

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How to transform bauxite residue into healthy soils

The research found that adding a combination of green waste compost and fertiliser to the bauxite residue sand improves its rehabilitation potential and its capacity to support plants

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A new approach to detecting unintended changes in GM foods

Does genetic manipulation cause unintended changes in food quality and composition? Are genetically modified (GM) foods less nutritious than their non-GM counterparts, for example, or different in unknown ways?

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Measures to prevent entry of citrus pests are appropriate

Existing measures are effective at protecting the EU from two serious diseases that attack citrus plants

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Characterization of stink bug saliva proteins opens door to controlling pests

Brown marmorated stink bugs cause millions of dollars in crop losses across the United States because of the damage their saliva does to plant tissues. Researchers at Penn State have developed methods to extract the insect saliva and identify the major protein components, which could lead to new pest control approaches

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New rapid and non-destructive ways to assess the quality of food

The research approach is similar to how infra-red thermometers are used to detect fever in humans or animals by converting information about the colour of the skin into a prediction of the internal body temperature

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Drifting herbicides produce uncertain effects

Farmers should take extra precautions so drifting herbicides do not create unintended consequences on neighboring fields and farms, according to agricultural researchers

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