Focusing on a specific vineyard in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region in the Southern part of France, plant pathologists spent 8 years monitoring more than 60 plants for signs of Grapevine Pinot gris virus (GPGV). Contrary to previous observations in Italy, they observed an explosive propagation of the virus, with more than 75 percent of tested plants becoming infected between 2014 and 2015. Surprisingly, only a marginal number of grapevines tested positive during the remaining five years of the study.
- Phytobiomes Journal
- Plan National Dépérissement du vignoble, Plan National Dépérissement du vignoble, Moët & Chandon, Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne, Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne, Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace
A new UC Riverside study casts doubt on drought as the driver of ancient Mayan civilization collapse.
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
A $1.5 million emergency grant is enabling UC Riverside scientists to find plants impervious to Huanglongbing, a disease threatening America’s citrus fruit supply.
A Penn State researcher testing a new way to assess tobacco use with a neighborhood mapping platform and in-person interviews has found that community engagement is key to addressing risky health behaviors.
- Social Science & Medicine
- NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Among our closest living relatives — the great apes — we humans are unique: We have larger brains, reproduce more quickly and have longer life spans. These traits are obviously valuable, but the extra energy required to sustain them is quite significant. So how did we manage to afford them?
Colorado State University has received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Alliance for Water Innovation. They will develop low-cost, environmentally benign materials that function as chemical sorbents, similar to sponges, for the precise removal and recovery of certain nutrients – mainly phosphate, ammonium and nitrate – from municipal and agricultural wastewaters.
- Department of Energy