Agriculture

  1. Agriculture

    Barnyard science: Check out this fowl research

    New research shows how to store eggs, insulate homes with chicken feathers and slow fires with shells.

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  2. Animals

    Can anything stop the big pig invasion?

    Millions of wild pigs roam North America, causing billions of dollars in damage every year. Scientists are looking for new ways to stop the swine.

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  3. Agriculture

    New ‘tattoo’ could lead to drought-tolerant crops

    Scientists create stick-on 'plant tattoo.' It measures how efficiently crops use water, a key to better identifying breeding stock for more drought-resistant crops.

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  4. Agriculture

    How to grow a cacao tree in a hurry

    Chocolate is made from the pods of the cacao tree. To reproduce this plant quickly for research, scientists use clones.

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  5. Agriculture

    Robots will control everything you eat

    Robots are now being introduced into all phases of how food is grown and prepared. In the future, though, they will be common.

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  6. Plants

    Explainer: The fertilizing power of N and P

    Two elements — nitrogen and phosphorus — help plants grow. When the soil doesn’t have them, farmers might add them in the form of fertilizer.

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  7. Agriculture

    Scientists Say: Domestication

    Domestication is the process of deliberately taking a wild organism — a plant or animal for instance — and making it a part of our daily lives.

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  8. Animals

    Bee hotels are open for business

    Bee hotels are creating a buzz in conservation and research by offering nesting places for wild bees.

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  9. Agriculture

    Sheep poop may spread poisonous weed

    Fireweed is a poisonous plant in Australia. Sheep can eat it without hurting themselves. But a teen found those sheep may be spreading more weeds.

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  10. Agriculture

    Teen converts water pollutant into a plant fertilizer

    Too much phosphate can fuel algal growth, which can rob oxygen from the water. This can suffocate fish and other wildlife. Stefan Wan found a way to collect that pollutant, which can later be used as a farm nutrient.

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  11. Animals

    Wild hamsters raised on corn eat their young alive

    European hamsters raised in the lab turn into crazy cannibals when fed a diet rich in corn, new data show. The problem may trace to a shortage of a key vitamin.

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  12. Genetics

    World’s tallest corn towers nearly 14 meters

    Short nights and a genetic tweak helped novel corn reach record heights.

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