Tag: Agriculture

10,000-Year-Old Urine Reveals How Humans Switched From Hunters To Herders

Researchers analyzed urine salt taken from Aşıklı Höyük in Turkey. Increase in the abundance of these salts show when humans switched from primarily hunting and gathering to herding animals.

Ancient April 18, 2019

Weedy Rice Keeps On Evolving Roots That 'Cheat'

Researchers created 3D models of weedy rice root systems to figure out how the pests drive out other crops and take over a field. They found that the pests evolved cheater roots that give them unfair advantages.

Earth/Environment April 7, 2019

Researchers Use Machine Learning To 'Optimize' Flavor Of Basil

A new branch of study called 'cyber agriculture' made progress by producing basil plants with more delicious flavors. Researchers are hoping they could harness and optimize traditional food-growing techniques.

Earth/Environment April 5, 2019

Rice Gene Could Hold Key To Rice Varieties With Lower Dependence On Fertilizers

A recent study found a key to make rice and other grains yield better produce but require less fertilizer. The findings can help reduce the amount of excess nitrogen from the agriculture sector.

Earth/Environment August 24, 2018

Ancient Farmers Thrived In The Amazon Rainforest 4,500 Years Ago

The Amazon rainforest is not so untouched after all. Researchers found that ancient farming communities planted corn, sweet potatoes, and other crops in the rainforest 4,500 years ago.

Earth/Environment July 24, 2018

Hawaii Becomes First US State To Ban Widely Used Pesticide Harmful To Children

Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed Senate Bill 3095, which bans the use of pesticides that cause reduced IQ and developmental delays in children. Chlorpyrifos is the most commonly applied conventional insecticide in the United States.

Earth/Environment June 14, 2018

Earthworms Can Reproduce In Mars-Like Soil: Study

Two young earthworms were found in Mars soil simulant NASA provided for researchers conducting studies on growing crops on the Red Planet. This is how worms can benefit a future Mars colony:

Space November 28, 2017

Mice Infested Hunter-Gatherer Settlements Before Dawn Of Agriculture, Ancient Teeth Suggest

Mice have been living alongside hunter-gatherers 3,000 years before humans learned how to farm. What attracted the rodents to go to human settlements?

Animals March 28, 2017

Deadly Fungus Discovered In Texas Exposes Bat Populations To White-Nose Syndrome

A deadly fungus was found on three species of hibernating bats in six different Texas counties. Although biologists confirm none of the animals have contracted the white-nose syndrome thus far, all efforts are made to minimize the threat.

Animals March 25, 2017

Study Says ‘Vernal Window’ Opening Earlier, Longer: Is Spring Getting Longer?

With spring’s first day around the corner, the early opening of the 'vernal window' is in focus. The window marks the transition from winter to the growing season and a new study says it spells a long spring.

Earth/Environment March 18, 2017

Scientists In China Clone 'Tuberculosis-Resistant' Cattle: Widespread Agricultural Use Targeted

Scientists from Northwest A&F University in Shaanxi, China report that they have successfully cloned cattle that are resistant to bovine tuberculosis, an infectious disease plaguing many countries today.

Animals February 1, 2017

Ancient Inhabitants Of New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon Likely Imported Food To Survive: Study

New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon area had problems in growing crops as the soil was salty, leading the inhabitants to import food. This was revealed in a new study by CU-Boulder scientist Larry Benson highlighting the plight of that ancient society.

Ancient January 5, 2017

These Fijian Ants Have Been Farming Long Before Humans Were: Study

A species of ants in the Fiji Islands have been growing and nurturing fruit plants for millions of years, long before ancient humans discovered farming. Researchers point to a profound relationship between these ants and the plants they nurture.

Animals November 25, 2016

No Thanks, Humans: Global Vertebrate Population On Course To Drop Two Thirds By 2020

Habitat loss abetted by rising human activity, including food production and depletion of water resources have led to the decline of 58 percent of wildlife between 1970 and 2012, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund.

Animals October 29, 2016

Global Crisis: UN Pledges To Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the United Nations elevated the antibiotic resistance crisis on par with other major health issues such as Ebola and HIV. World leaders have pledged to strengthen efforts against the issue.

Public Health September 23, 2016

World's Earliest Farmers Originated From Diverse Group In The Fertile Crescent

Did agriculture originate from a homogeneous group of early farmers? A new study suggests otherwise, indicating that farming during the Stone Age may have been invented by diverse groups in the Fertile Crescent.

Ancient July 16, 2016

Insects Are World’s First Farmers: Termites Started Farming About 25 Million Years Before Human Agriculture

The oldest fossil evidence of agriculture shows that termites started to tap on farming millions of years before humans did. How did farming impacted the evolution of these social insects?

Animals June 25, 2016

Developing Countries Most Threatened By Invasive Pests: CSIRO

A new CSIRO study has found that rich countries, such as the United States and China, may be playing a key role in helping spread invasive species. Among those at high risk for such invasions are countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Earth/Environment June 22, 2016

Ancient Farmers From Northern Greece And Western Turkey Brought Agriculture To Europe

How did agriculture spread to Europe, which was once dominated by hunter-gatherers? DNA analysis revealed that farming was brought by migrant farmers from northern Greece and western Turkey.

Ancient June 8, 2016

Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles That Convert Phosphorus In Soil Could Boost Food Production

A new sustainable method that simplifies phosphorus found in soil could potentially boost food production while at the same time, minimize fertilizer waste. The method involves the use of zinc oxide nanoparticles.

Earth/Environment May 2, 2016

Harvard, Monsanto Scientists Create New Technology Against GMO-resistant Agricultural Pests

Experts from Harvard University and Monsanto Co. have achieved a breakthrough technology that could be used against GMO-resistant agricultural pests. The technology allows a specific protein to rapidly evolve.

Earth/Environment April 29, 2016

Monogamy In Humans May Be The Result Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Study Finds

Sexually-transmitted diseases may have driven early humans to adopt monogamy, according to a new study. Why would this adaption come about during the rise of agriculture?

Animals April 12, 2016

Reducing Food Waste May Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 14 Percent

Up to 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture could be avoided if food were more efficiently used and distributed, stated a new report. Agriculture is deemed a major climate change driver, with one-tenth of its emissions attributed to food waste alone by 2050.

Earth/Environment April 9, 2016

Global Food Production Key Driver Of Greenhouse Emissions

Although global food production, animal farming and waste disposal are key drivers of greenhouse gas emissions, they are often overlooked, a new study revealed. Scientists said other greenhouse gases are more abundant than carbon dioxide.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2016

Deadline Looms For Africa's Food Supply Threatened by Climate Change

Staple crops planted in some areas in Africa are in danger due to the effects of climate change. By the end of the century some areas will be useless and farmers can't use them for agricultural properties.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2016

4 Billion People Face Water Shortage: Rising Populations, Agriculture Drive Water Demand

Rising populations and increasing agricultural practices are main drivers of worldwide water shortage. The World Wide Fund for Nature said two-thirds of the worldwide population could suffer from water shortages by 2025.

Life February 15, 2016

Drought Effects Harder On Farms In Developed Countries: Western Farmers To Take Cues From Poorer Nations?

Food production and agriculture in Western countries are predicted to be hit harder by droughts and extreme weather events due to climate change. Farmers from developed nations are then urged by experts to start adapting and thinking differently.

Earth/Environment January 9, 2016

Effect Of Climate Change On Agriculture: Droughts, Heat Waves Cut Global Cereal Harvests By 10 Percent In 50 Years

The impact of climate change on agriculture has led to the reduction of global food production in the past years. Researchers, however, took note of the 'fertilizing effect,' a supposed benefit that crops get from global warming.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2016

Exposure To Common Farm Pesticide May Damage Lungs Of Children

Early pesticide exposure is linked to poor lung function in children of farming families. Each tenfold increase in levels of organophosphate urinary metabolites was linked to a 159-millimeter decrease in lung function.

Life December 6, 2015

DJI Boasts $15000 Agricultural Drone For Spraying Crops To 'Open The Next Chapter Of Agriculture'

The use of drones in agricultural industry could earn huge potential growth. DJI is launching an eight-rotor model designed to spray seven to 10 acre-wide of crops land initially in China and Korea before launching in other markets.

FUTURE TECH November 28, 2015

Robot That Kills 120 Weeds Per Minute Could End Use Of Herbicide In Farms

A robot that could smash weeds and distinguish plants has been developed by scientists at Deepfield Robotics. Known as BoniRob, the robot could revolutionize how farmers tackle weed control.

November 22, 2015

WHO Flags Pesticide Glyphosate As Probable Carcinogen But EU Says Weedkiller Unlikely To Cause Cancer

The IARC said that the pesticide glyphosate is most probably carcinogenic. Despite taking these findings into account, EFSA claimed that the chance of the pesticide causing cancer was minimal, but did propose limitations on how much of glyphosate can be consumed safely.

Life November 12, 2015

Humans Exploited Labor Of Honeybees 9000 Years Ago: What This Reveals About Stone Age People

Humans have been using beeswax and most probably honey since ancient times. Traces of beeswax on pottery and cooking wares from as old as the Stone Age proved that honeybee products were not only used for food by ancient man but also for technological and cultural applications.

Animals November 12, 2015

Stone Age Farmers 9,000 Years Ago May Have Been The First Beekeepers, Researchers Discover

Pieces of Stone Age pottery show signs of having been used to store beeswax, scientists discover. The finding suggests prehistoric farmers were benefiting from honeybees thousands of years ago.

November 12, 2015

Nanoparticles Increase Growth And Antioxidant Levels Of Tomato Plants

Researchers discovered that using nanoparticles led tomato plants to better absorb light and minerals and exhibit higher antioxidant properties. They used new aerosolization methods in their study holding promise for improved use of resources and global food security.

Animals November 10, 2015

Scientists to Breed Genetically Modified Bees: Here's Why

A bee genome project at the University of British Columbia will allow scientists to breed made-for-Canada-honeybee that can resist pests and disease. This is to greatly accelerate selective breeding and ensure continuing benefits for the agricultural sector and food security.

Animals November 6, 2015

New York City Plants Its Millionth Tree, Ahead Of Schedule

New Yorkers swept past their original plan to plant a million trees in a decade. Fighting climate change one tree at a time, the city met its goal with two years to spare.

Animals October 22, 2015

Scientists Find Better Method Of Measuring Crop Temperatures

Better measurements mean better monitoring. In the case of crops, this can mean a better understanding of when they need water, allowing farmers to more effectively care for them.

Earth/Environment August 29, 2015

Maine Bee Census Enlists Public Help To Study Pollinators

Citizens in Maine were encouraged to participate in the Maine Bumblebee Atlas as citizen scientists who will take census and study bees, key pollinators of important crops such blueberries amd tomatoes.

Earth/Environment August 10, 2015

Iowa Lifting Bird Flu Quarantine In Many Local Farms

Iowa is in the process of lifting quarantines in 69 local sites previously reported to be infected with bird flu. This leaves only eight remaining sites that have to complete cleaning and disinfection before being taken off of the list of control areas.

Life August 6, 2015

Giant African Snails Feast On 500 Different Plants In Florida

Authorities in Florida are concerned about the invasion of the plant- and rat feces-eating giant African snails, which reproduce quickly and pose a growing threat to agriculture.

Earth/Environment August 4, 2015

GMO Rice Produces Higher Yields, Less Greenhouse Gases

An alteration of a single gene produces a strain of rice that yields more grain but creates less methane, researchers say. The finding could bring more sustainable rice production to help feed the world, they say.

July 23, 2015

Discovery Shows Origins Of Agriculture Twice As Old As Previously Thought

Archaeological finds on the shores of the Sea of Galilee suggest humans were engaged in agriculture 23,000 years ago. That's nearly twice as early as had been previously been believed, researchers say.

July 22, 2015

Humans And Our Lighter Bones: Thanks, No Thanks To Agriculture And Sedentary Lifestyle

Modern lifestyle is often blamed on the weakening of the human bones. A new study involving the bones of people who lived over the past 33,000 years suggests agriculture has something to do with the changes in human bones.

May 19, 2015

Discovery Of 'Heat-Beater' Beans Can Help Feed World's Poor

New genetically modified beans could stand up to climate change that could decimate current crops, researchers say. Beans, seen as 'meat of the poor,' are vital to feeding the developing world, they say.

March 27, 2015

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