Eating millets can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and help manage the condition, a new study shows. Diabetic people who consumed millet as part of their daily diet saw their blood glucose levels drop 12-15% (fasting and post-meal), and blood glucose levels went from diabetic to pre-diabetes levels. The HbA1c (blood glucose bound to hemoglobin) levels lowered on average 17% for pre-diabetic individuals, and the levels went from pre-diabetic to normal status.
- Frontiers in Nutrition
While agricultural production around the world struggles with declining soil health, Australian-led research is investigating production of a sustainable organic nitrogen fertiliser made from aquatic cyanobacterial biomass – ideally suited for badly degraded areas reliant on chemical fertilisers. “Many soils are degraded and becoming less fertile. This challenges agriculture to produce sufficient high-quality food to feed the continuously growing population, which is further exacerbated by climatic instability threatening crop production,” says Flinders University researcher Dr Kirsten Heimann.
A new Cornell University study debunks misinformation on websites and in news articles that claim that environmental or biological stresses – such as flooding or disease – cause an increase in THC production in hemp plants.
Climate conditions play a significant role in the reproductive success of mature female Antarctic krill and are a factor in fluctuations of the population that occur every five to seven years.
- Marine Ecology Progress Series
Fishery surveys that employ airborne lidar data often require manual identification of fish—a process that is time-consuming because of the large amount of data produced by the lidar. Researchers from Montana State University may have found a way to reduce the time required to identify fish on such lidar surveys. In their study, recently published in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, the researchers successfully applied supervised machine learning to lidar data from fishery surveys to automate the identification process in regions that had a strong possibility of harboring fish.
- Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
Ask a farmer, a scientist, and a conservation professional to define soil health, and you might come up with three rather different answers. That mismatch may be at the root of lower-than-ideal adoption of soil conservation practices, according to a new study from the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University.
- Journal of Soil and Water Conservation