Agricultural science

September 19, 2018 - 7:11 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A leading medical journal has retracted six food research articles by a Cornell University marketing professor, saying the results can't be verified. The papers under question include a 2005 study that said people eat more when served food in large bowls and a 2013 article that said...
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This undated image made available by Frank Peairs in 2007 shows a European corn borer. A warmer world likely means more and hungrier insects chomping on crops and less food on dinner plates, a new study suggests. (Frank Peairs/Colorado State University/Bugwood.org via AP)
August 30, 2018 - 2:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study predicts that a warmer world likely means more and hungrier insects chomping on crops and less food on dinner plates. Insects now consume about 10 percent of the globe's food, but the researchers say that will increase to 15 to 20 percent by the end of the century if...
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This undated photo provided by the J.R. Simplot Company shows a sign outside the J.R. Simplot Company in Boise. Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. The company on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, announced the agreement with DowDuPont Inc. and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, developers of the nascent gene editing technology. (J.R. Simplot Company via AP)
August 06, 2018 - 1:44 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. J.R. Simplot Company on...
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This June 2015 photo provided by The Ohio State University shows a bee on a flower in Southwest Minnesota. A new federal study finds that honeybees in the Northern Great Plains are having a hard time finding food as conservation land is converted to row crops. (Sarah Scott/The Ohio State University via AP)
July 02, 2018 - 3:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bees are having a much harder time finding food in the region known as America's last honeybee refuge, a new federal study found. The country's hot spot for commercial beekeeping is the Northern Great Plains of the Dakotas and neighboring areas, where more 1 million colonies spend...
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April 05, 2018 - 1:33 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets. Researchers at Germany's Neumayer Station III say they've picked 3.6 kilograms (8...
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In this Tuesday, March 6, 2018 photo, University of Rhode Island graduate student in geological oceanography Loes van Dam, of Novato, Calif., uses a spoon to demonstrate characteristics of corn syrup near a tank of 2,000 pounds of the syrup in a lab, in Narragansett, R.I. During experiments, the syrup represents the Earth's mantle which melts to form magma at volcanoes and ridges, while slow-moving belts represent the drifting and shifting tectonic plates. Their intersection is the ocean ridge. One minute of each experiment equals more than 1 million years in time, to show how tectonic plates move mantel material on the ocean floor. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 20, 2018 - 12:12 am
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — How has the Earth evolved, and what's in store for the future? It's a sticky question that has graduate student Loes van Dam covered in corn syrup by the end of a day in the lab. She thought using a computer model would be limiting. So she designed and built a large tank,...
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January 16, 2018 - 10:15 pm
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Tom Vilsack, Colorado State University (THE CONVERSATION) Since the turn of the year, Congress and the Trump administration have been haggling over legislative priorities for 2018. Many...
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January 15, 2018 - 2:31 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — University researchers are investigating whether soul food featuring fat and salt can be made healthy and delicious by using plants-only recipes. A two-year study based at the University of South Carolina is trying to learn what happens then ingredients are changed in ways...
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January 04, 2018 - 3:41 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A half-ton (0.45 metric tons) of butter has been transformed into a sculpture celebrating Pennsylvania's dairy industry and heralding the start of the state's 102nd Farm Show. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says the sculpture unveiled Thursday highlights the careers...
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Family members of officials trapped inside the agriculture institute wait outside, during a crackdown operation against militants, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Pakistani police say gunmen have stormed a government complex in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing an unconfirmed number of people. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
December 01, 2017 - 7:24 pm
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Islamist militants stormed a provincial government complex for agricultural research in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 12 people including students and wounding 35 others, police and rescue officials said. Police and military troops killed three attackers during a...
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