Peeling back the layers: Scientists use new techniques to uncover hidden secrets of plant...

Innovative new cell imaging techniques have now been pioneered to shed light on cells hidden deep inside the meristem. This new development has made it possible to explore further below the outer surface of plants and has uncovered how a key gene controls stem growth.

New model could point way to microbiome forecasting in the ocean

A new mathematical model integrates environmental and molecular sequence information to better explain how microbial networks drive nutrient and energy cycling in marine ecosystems.

Culex mosquitoes do not transmit Zika virus, study finds

Important results in the fight against Zika virus has been identified by researchers: Culex mosquitoes do not appear to transmit Zika virus.

Fish oil may help improve mood in veterans

Low concentration of fish oil in the blood and lack of physical activity may contribute to the high levels of depressed mood among soldiers returning from combat, according to researchers.

Food scientists using X-rays to figure out fats

Researchers studying the intimate structure of edible fats are getting help from the United States Department of Energy. The researchers hope to replace unhealthful trans and saturated fats with better non-saturated versions – all without compromising texture.

How a native plant ended up on reality TV, and why it’s at risk

In one of television’s more bizarre recent offerings, the History Channel show “Appalachian Outlaws” follows a band of West Virginians as they hunt rugged forests for American ginseng, a medicinal root worth hundreds of dollars per pound. The show has high stakes: These men poach on federal lands, risking fines and jail time, and guard private patches with shotguns and homemade land mines. Most of them are out of work, out of savings and worried about paying for food and heat. Ginseng gives them a way to get by.

Floods severely affect children, young people

Research with flood-affected children reveals serious impacts on well-being but also a desire to take on a role in flood risk management. Factors impacting on children's well-being include: loss of valued personal and family possessions, friendship networks, familiar spaces, education; experience of fear, anxiety, poverty, isolation, unfairness, destruction, stress, uncertainty, being ignored/misunderstood; lack of sleep and recreation; deterioration in diet, space and housing conditions; lack of flood education provision in schools for children and all staff.

New study of CRISPR-Cas9 technology shows potential to improve crop efficiency

A team's finding that CRISPR-Cas9 is a reliable method for multi-gene editing of this particular plant species has been released in a new article. The technology, a genome-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9, revolutionized the life sciences when it appeared on the market in 2012. It is now proving useful in the plant science community as a powerful tool for the improvement of agricultural crops.

EPA Releases National Assessment of Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution at Ports

Washington – An EPA report finds that air pollution at the nation’s ports can be reduced significantly at all port types and sizes through a variety of strategies and cleaner technologies.

EPA Recognizes Piggly Wiggly in Columbus, Ga. for Environmental Leadership in Reducing Potent Greenhouse...

ATLANTA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Piggly Wiggly in Columbus, Ga. won EPA’s GreenChill Best of the Best Award for installing refrigeration systems that use ammonia as refrigerant. Source:

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