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'Grassroots action' in livestock feeding to help curb global climate change

In a series of papers to be presented next week, scientists offer new evidence that a potent chemical mechanism operating in the roots of a tropical grass used for livestock feed has enormous potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Referred to as " biological nitrification inhibition " or BNI, the mechanism markedly reduces the conversion of nitrogen applied to soil as fertilizer...
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New project will help breed better British strawberries

British scientists are helping to ensure the Wimbledon tournament classic of strawberries and cream stays on the menu for years to come with a £2M project to research strawberry disease. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will fund nearly £800,000 of the five-year project into protecting strawberries from diseases. The two grant awards from BBSRC,...
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Scientist urges us to mine the wealth of the world’s seed banks today in order to feed future generations

With fewer than a dozen flowering plants out of 300,000 species accounting for 80 percent of humanity’s caloric intake, people need to tap unused plants to feed the world in the near future, claims Cornell University plant geneticist Susan McCouch in the Comment feature of the July 4 issue of Nature. To keep pace with population growth and rising incomes around the world, researchers...
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