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Archive for August 23rd, 2010

FRUIT FLIES & THEIR HEIGHT JUDGING MECHANISIM

How Flies Set Their Cruising Altitude Science (Aug. 20, 2010) — Insects in flight must somehow calculate and control their height above the ground, and researchers reporting online on August 19 in Current Biology, have new insight into how fruit flies do it. The answer is simpler than expected. The flies establish an altitude set […]

August 23rd, 2010
Topic: AGRICULTURE, ANIMALS & STOCK, Flies, FRUIT VEG SMALL CROPS, INSECTS REPTILES, PESTS DISEASES BACTERIA VIRUSES Tags: , , , , ,

IS GLOBAL WARMING GOOD FOR PLANT GROWTH

Drought Drives Decade-Long Decline in Plant Growth Science (Aug. 21, 2010) — Global plant productivity that once was on the rise with warming temperatures and a lengthened growing season is now on the decline because of regional drought, according to a new study of NASA satellite data. Plant productivity is a measure of the rate […]

August 23rd, 2010
Topic: AGRICULTURE, ECO SYSTEMS, FRUIT VEG SMALL CROPS, PLANTS CROPS WEEDS, WEATHER Tags: , , , , , ,

TRICKING THE HONEY BEES BRAIN TO FOOD SOURCE

Brain Gene Expression Changes When Honey Bees Go the Distance Science (Aug. 20, 2010) — Tricking honey bees into thinking they have traveled long distance to find food alters gene expression in their brains, researchers report this month. Their study, in the journal Genes, Brain and Behavior, is the first to identify distance-responsive genes. Foraging […]

August 23rd, 2010
Topic: ANIMALS & STOCK, Bees, FOOD DRINK, INSECTS REPTILES Tags: , , , , , ,

SOY BEANS AND THE IMPROVED GENETIC CODE

Mapping out Pathways to Better Soybeans Science (Aug. 20, 2010) — Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are a step closer to unlocking genetic clues that may lead to packing more protein and oil into soybeans, a move that would boost their value and help U.S. growers compete in international markets. ARS researchers Carroll P. Vance, […]

August 23rd, 2010
Topic: AGRICULTURE, FOOD DRINK, FRUIT VEG SMALL CROPS, LATEST PRODUCTS, PLANTS CROPS WEEDS, RESEARCH Tags: , , , , , ,

FLU VIRUS STAYS ON DUCK FEATHERS AFTER FALLING OFF BIRD

Avian Influenza Virus May Persist on Feathers Fallen from Domestic Ducks ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2010) — Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1) may persist on feathers fallen from the bodies of infected domestic ducks and contribute to environmental contamination. Researchers from the National Institute of Animal Health, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan report their findings in the […]

August 23rd, 2010
Topic: ANIMALS & STOCK, PESTS DISEASES BACTERIA VIRUSES, Poultry Tags: , , , , , ,

SUPER SPUD POTATO DEVELOPED IN JAPAN

Electrifying Findings: New Ways of Boosting Healthful Antioxidant Levels in Potatoes Science (Aug. 22, 2010) — Here’s a scientific discovery fit to give Mr. Potato Head static cling and flyaway hair (if that vintage plastic toy had hair). Scientists have reported discovery of two simple, inexpensive ways of boosting the amounts of healthful antioxidant substances […]

August 23rd, 2010
Topic: AGRICULTURE, FOOD DRINK, FRUIT VEG SMALL CROPS, PLANTS CROPS WEEDS Tags: , , , , , , , ,