UC Riverside scientists are on the hunt for a chemical that disrupts weevils from mating, preventing them from destroying California’s supply of avocados.
- California Department of Food and Agriculture
The Birds@Farmland initiative of the European Commission aims to support the EU Member States in conserving wild birds in agricultural landscapes. The initiative developed twenty-two farmland bird conservation schemes in ten Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, and Portugal) based on sound scientific knowledge and proven agricultural and land management practices.
Global fish stocks will not be able to recover to sustainable levels without strong actions to mitigate climate change, a new study has projected. Researchers at UBC, the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions and University of Bern projected the impact that different global temperature increases and ranges of fishing activity would have on biomass, or the amount of fish by weight in a given area, from 1950 to 2100. Their simulations suggest that climate change has reduced fish stocks in 103 of 226 marine regions studied, including Canada, from their historical levels. These stocks will struggle to rebuild their numbers under projected global warming levels in the 21st century.
- Global Change Biology
Tom Looney, senior director of advancement at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been appointed as the awards committee chair on the Board of Directors for the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association.
A highly efficient enzyme combined with a multigene engineering approach offers potential for sustainable production of water-soluble pigments in plant tissues.
- Plant Biotechnology Journal
Researchers in Brazil have developed a selection method performed directly with coffee beans in real time. It does not require roasting, does not destroy the samples and can be included as a step in the production process.
- Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo