Start of rainy season predicts food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa

The onset of the rainy season can affect food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa as much as the amount of rain farmers receive overall, a new study shows.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
yesterday ~7 min

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Killer cotton and planes dropping moths wiped out these pests

The invasive pink bollworm has inflicted tens of millions of dollars in damage annually. Biotech cotton and sterile moths helped eradicate it in the US.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Diversifying crops is a ‘win-win’

Farms with more diverse crops can benefit the environment while not sacrificing yields, new research finds. In many cases, yields went up, in fact.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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Loss of bees threatens US crop yields

Declines in populations of bees and other pollinators threatens crop yields of apples, cherries, and blueberries in the US, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~4 min

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U.S. farm workers will see unsafe hot days double by 2050

“I was surprised by the scale of the change—seeing a doubling of unsafe days by mid-century, then a tripling by 2100. And we think that’s a low estimate.”

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Insecticide-making cotton actually boosted pesticide use in India

Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

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Ancient hornwort hints at new ways to grow crops

The genome of the hornwort, one of the first plants to colonize land, may offer a way to grow crops more efficiently with less synthetic fertilizer.

Kurt Bodenmueller-U. Zurich • futurity
March 16, 2020 ~4 min

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Biodiversity can be good for farmers’ bottom line

Increasing biodiversity on their land could help farmers boost their revenues, a new study shows.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~4 min

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Insecticides have gotten way more toxic to honey bees

A kind of insecticide applied to corn and soy has become significantly more toxic to honey bees, but does little to benefit crops, researchers say.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Standards would boost efficiency of LED lighting in greenhouses

LED lighting in greenhouses enhance plant growth but researchers say standards could make them even more effective.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~4 min

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