Archive for the ‘Agriculture’ Category

Jul22

Weed crops for a warming world

Wheat

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Rising temperatures, droughts and higher CO2 levels pose threats to the world’s food supply.  Grains like wheat and rice have been bred for centuries for productivity but are not well suited to a changing climate. (more…)

Jul15

Saving the bees

Honeybee on Flower

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In recent years, bee populations have been shrinking at an alarming rate.  According to the Department of Agriculture, managed honeybee colonies lost almost a quarter of their numbers over the past winter alone.  These rapid declines in bees and other pollinators in the United States threaten billions of dollars in crops. (more…)

Jul10

Ecosystems need predators

salt marsh

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Salt marshes are extremely important ecosystems.  They shield coasts from flooding, they remove pollutants from water, and they are the baby nurseries for many kinds of fish.  In recent years, salt marshes in places like the coastlines of New England have been dying off. (more…)

Jul02

Honeybees and environmental health

Honeybee

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There are many ways to evaluate the health of a landscape.  A new study suggests one way may be to listen to dancing honeybees. Of course, the bees aren’t dancing because they’re happy– rather, they use their signature waggle dance as a way to communicate to one another where the best food can be found. (more…)

Jun18

Wasting food

Food Waste

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Scientists have long been concerned about potential food shortages in a world facing climate change and a rapidly increasing population. (more…)

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