Declines in populations of bees and other pollinators threatens crop yields of apples, cherries, and blueberries in the US, researchers say.
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“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.”
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Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."
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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.
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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.
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There's now have a way to detect a crucial cooking process in the archaeological record: the nixtamalization of maize.
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Rotating corn and soybeans offers environmental and management benefits to farmers, but could pose long-term tradeoffs for the health of the soil.
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