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  • European research effort FUMINOMICS tackles dangerous mold

    The European Science Foundation (ESF) has launched a new Research Networking Programme, FUMINOMICS, to study the basic genetic and molecular mechanisms employed by the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus when infecting host cells. Infection with A. fumigatus is an increasing clinical problem and often has lethal consequences for patients with a compromised immune system. The four-year FUMINOMICS ...


    By European Science Foundation

  • Fighting selenium deficiency

    Approximately 1 billion people worldwide suffer from a deficiency of selenium, an essential nutrient for liver, heart, thyroid, and immune function. Since selenium deficiency is prevalent in Southeast Asia, researchers are studying the best biofortification for lowland rice production. In a study funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia, the soil retention of three types of selenium was ...

  • Scientists find new defence front against the Potato Blight

    In this week 'Nature Plants', scientists from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, UK, report the identification of a resistance gene that enhances resistance against potato late blight from a South American wild relative of cultivated potatoes. The gene targets elicitin, a conserved protein with an important biological function, making it less likely ...

  • Unearthing the Roots of Fungal Symbioses

    To understand the bases of mutualistic symbiosis between soil mycorrhizal fungi and plants, an international consortium of researchers conducted the first broad, comparative phylogenomic analysis of mycorrhizal fungi. Scientists describe how the comparative analyses of 18 new fungal genomes allowed them to track the evolution of symbiotic fungi interacting with trees, heath plants and orchids. ...

  • Canadian Beekeepers Sue Neonicotinoid Makers Bayer, Syngenta for C$450 Million

    Canadian beekeepers have filed a class action lawsuit against Bayer CropScience Inc. and Syngenta Canada Inc. claiming C$450 million ($414 million) in damages for negligence related to the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. The lawsuit, which also names the firms' foreign parents—Germany-based Bayer AG and Switzerland-based Syngenta International AG—claims chronic effects of the use ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • AgBiome Awarded Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    AgBiome, LLC, a leader in the development of microbial solutions for agriculture, has been awarded a multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discover biological insect control for deployment to smallholder farmers in African nations. The project, entitledRSM Systems Biology for Sweetpotato: Engineering the African Root/Soil/Microbiome for Enhanced Crop Productivity, ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • The `hidden hunger` caused by climate change

    Understanding how carbon dioxide impacts food quality is vital to tackle malnutrition effectively, says agricultural researcher Lewis Ziska. Researchers are focusing much attention on how to adapt agriculture to ensure steady food supplies in the face of climate change. But it is equally important to preserve the quality of these supplies as well as the quantity. Researchers, policymakers and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Singapore’s Algae Enviro Engineering adopts OriginOil’s Harvesting Technology for Algae-Enriched Animal Feed

    OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, today announced that Algae Enviro Engineering (AEE), a ...


    By OriginClear Inc.

  • Healthier and more sustainable olive oil

    Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Center for Soil Science and Applied Biology Segura (CEBAS-CSIC), Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron (IBMM) from Université de ...

  • Stevia Corp. Announces Cooperative Agreement With Technology Partner

    Stevia Corp. (OTCBB: STEV) ("Stevia Corp." or the "Company"), a farm management company focused on the economic development of stevia, the fastest growing product in the alternative sweetener sector, wishes to advise that it recently entered into both Supply and Cooperative Agreements with Guangzhou Health China Technology Development Company Limited, operating under the trade name Tech-New ...


    By Marketwire

  • Departments of Environmental Protection and Health Remind Pennsylvanians to Take Precautions to Prevent West Nile Virus

    Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection today reported the season's first two detections of West Nile virus-carrying mosquitos since surveillance began in early May. The infected mosquitos were collected May 22 in Harborcreek Township, Erie County and May 23 in Straban Township, Adams County. Typically, the state's ...

  • USDA Announces $22 Million Available for Research to Combat Citrus Greening

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $22 million in grants to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease. This funding is available through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by ...

  • Report on Health and Biodiversity Demonstrates Human Health Benefits from Protecting Biodiversity

    A ground-breaking report on biodiversity and health, launched today at the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Kolkata, India, shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to better human health. The report, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, demonstrates that the relationship between biodiversity and human health is extensive and ...

  • Predictions for cleantech in 2011

    It's December, and time for an annual reading of the green [tech industry] tea leaves. What will the new year have in store for cleantech? From our standpoint at Kachan & Co., 2011 could be a strong year for the global clean technology sector. Seemingly, the markets have been correcting themselves in 2010; valuations are returning to rational P/E multiples, price signals are emerging again ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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