Journal Club

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Journal Club: In some cases, water management practices exacerbated California drought, according to model

Many of California’s reservoirs are now fuller than they’ve been in years thanks to an extraordinarily wet winter. Yet drought conditions are likely to return based on historical cycles, even without accounting for climate change. And California’s depleted groundwater is … Continue reading

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Journal Club: Ancient Chinese may have cultivated grass seeds 30,000 years ago

Typically, archaeological research into the origins of agriculture has focused on western Asia, in areas such as the Fertile Crescent (the present-day Middle East). Now scientists report that intentional collection of grass seeds may be traced back about 30,000 years … Continue reading

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If IPM works so well, why aren’t developing countries adopting it?

For the past 50 years integrated pest management (IPM) has become the go-to strategy for protecting crops. Yet, despite the global praise of scientists, politicians and development agencies, IPM remains severely under-adopted in poor countries. Many obstacles–ranging from a lack … Continue reading

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Gut microbiota help Western corn rootworms adapt

Insects are masters of innovation and so, perhaps, are their gut microbiota. Researchers examining Western corn rootworms have discovered the insects’ gut microbes are helping it adapt to crop rotation, a common pest control method. Corn and soy are the dominant … Continue reading

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Fewer animals, more money–a new model for grassland management?

Bayin Village sits high on the Mongolian Plateau, part of northwest China’s vast grasslands. This region is inhabited by ethic minorities who graze sheep, goats, and cattle, selling meat to southern and eastern China, where there is greater affluence. Since … Continue reading

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