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Olive tree and cypress landscape in Florence. Olive oil and wine are some of the most typical and apreciated agricultural products of Tuscany.








BumbleBee program developed together with farmers at Deleware University
The Deleware University is testing the polllination with native bumble bee instead of honeybees. Pollinators are very important in crop production and their activity affects 80% of the whole crop production in Deleware. For this reason a research project is investigating the field application of bumble bee pollination, also to improve their pollinating performanches.

Hard time for italian researchers in the Life Science sector
The Research Institute on the Population and Social Policies (IRPPS) of the Italian Research Council (CNR) has developed a study taking part to 'Rescar' (Researcher’s Careers) a more wide European project, about the career of Life Sciences researchers. The 'Life Sciencies' is a key sector for the economic growth and to enhance the development of the industrial sector. The statistical sample of this research has focused on the more expert and talented researchers, with greater scientific and technological productivity (researches and european patents).

The New York State Authority for the energy sector develops an innovative agricultural research program
NYSERDA, the New York State Authority for Research and Development in the energy sector is defining a new way for the local agriculture offering fundings to support urban agriculture, hoping to secure food supplies and also to fulfill those citizens involved in the new tendencies directed to the protection of natural environment.

Sustainable practices in tropical areas to increase the productivity and protect against the loss of nutrients and organic matter
A study of which refers the American Society of Agronomy reports that the increase of practicing crop rotations, cover crops and no-tillage in tropical areas can reduce the loss of nutrients and then the threat of the fertility reduction in tropical soils that, when farmed, behave differently than the temperate ones.

Genetic pesticide against termytes developed in a laboratory at University of Florida

A terrific pest insect, the termyte, has become the leading target for some interesting experimental researches. The termytes every year gnaw away more than $1 billion in structural damage despite an ever growing array of insect control techniques. This kind of problems have press researchers to completely change their strategy in their struggle against these insects, because the neurotoxic chemicals, frequently used till now to control insects, can frequently harm other similar organism because of, the nervous systems are frequently at least a little bit alike. For this reason ‘the trend in insect control is to find methods that eliminate the problematic insect without affecting anything else in the environment,’ said Michael Scharf, an entomologist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

A study about 'Horizontal transmission' of insecticides and aggregation pheromones in cockroaches
We experience every year, during the warm season, a lot of problems related to our attempts to kill coackroaches, insects that are also responsible of the transmission of many human infectious diseases.
Scientists tell us they can also give other problems to humans: cause of they molt their skin, going from one nymph stage to the next and when they perform this action they can produce a huge accumulation of the skin eft in the areas where we live.

Remote controlled cattle will graze in futuristic rangelands, thanks to GPS technology
The same GPS technology, we frequently use to understand what is the unusual location we are driving our car, or our mountain-byke to, when we move across the country, among corn fields or woodlands, has being used by some ARS-USDA agricultural scientists to track the cattle, moving across wide rangelands (ARS is a scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Nocturnally-flying moths can control the direction of their migrations
A recent research that took place at Rothamsted Research Station has permitted to better understand the complex mechanism of the moth flight during the migration period.
Till now researchers thought moths were carried by the wind from a location to another, without any control of their flight, but now we know they can control its direction and go to a more suitable place to permit them to complete their development and then to reproduce.

Released by 'Natural England' the 'State of the Natural Environment' report for 2008
Natural England published its State of the Natural Environment report, in which it called for a new approach to the management of the natural environment to permit it to adapt to what, lot of scientist are expecting will take place in next future: the climate change. But a good management of natural environment, anyway, will also permit us to reduce the effect of the modern pressures of development on environment.

The 2008 US Farm Bill according to some declarations of the Australian Minister for Trade
The Australian Minister for Trade, has expressed his critics when he realized new US farm Bill, which passed the US Congress on 15 May, has increased the Government support to agriculture. Till now he probably relied on the US Congress will remove them and reform their policy of farm subsidies.
So he said: 'This Farm Bill fails the reform test. It entrenches a welfare approach to farm policy in the United States.

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A selection of links to press-releases, news-articles and documents about agriculture:

- A team of experts from the University of Hohenheim, GrainPro, Inc., and IRRI have designed a new rice dryer - International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)(Philippines), March 26, 2014

- Cabinet Office research finds happy farmers - National Farmers Union (NFU)(UK), March 21, 2014

- FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO), March 17, 2014

- Disinfecting Honey Comb with Ozone - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)- Agricultural Research Service, March 13, 2014.

- Scientist SWAT team combats stink bug invasion - Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), WSU Extension and the Agricultural Research Center, March 12, 2014.

- Family Farming in the United States - United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service: 'Amber Waves' magazine, Releases for the week of: March 03, 2014 to March 07, 2014.

- Genomics for Judges - Educating Illinois Judges On How Genetic Information Can Impact Court Decisions - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - The Institute for Genomic Biology, e-Newsletter, March 4, 2014.

- 2012 Census of Agriculture: Preliminary Highlights for Kansas - K-State Research and Extension News (Kansas State University, USA), March 3, 2014.

- Offshore wind turbines could weaken hurricanes, reduce storm surge - University of Deleware Research News, February 27, 2014.

- UC Davis News: Campus ranks #1 in agriculture again - UC Davis News Service (California, USA), February 27, 2014.

- Purdue research: Lots of 'brain waste' among highly educated immigrants - Purdue University - West-Lafayette (Indiana-US), Agriculture News, February 24, 2014.

- Members: Your guide to the EU agenda - National Farmers Union (NFU)(UK), February 20, 2014.

- FAO rules out human-to-animal transmission of influenza A(H7N9) - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO), February 19, 2014.

- Millions hear GM success story (a news-article about the Sainsbury's Lab's late-blight-resistant potato) - National Farmers Union (NFU)(UK), February 17, 2014.

- Biocontrol Wasps Unlikely to Threaten Non-target Insects - Entomological Society of America (ESA), February 4, 2014

- Drone on the range Agricultural uses for drones endless - University of Missouri Cooperative Media Group - College of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources, January 30, 2014.

- Farming for bees - what farmers can do - National Farmers Union (NFU)(UK), January 17, 2014.

- Medical imaging helps reveal lasting impacts of soil compaction - American Society of Agronomy, Madison (WI), January 15, 2014.

- Senegal nears first victory in war on tsetse fly - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO), January 10, 2014.

- EPA Seeks Nominations for Prestigious Annual Environmental Quality Awards; [..] - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, December 26, 2013.

- ELCA disapproves of a prohibition list of invasive species uniformly applying all over Europe - The European Landscape Contractors Association (ELCA), December 18, 2013.

- Bed Bugs can Survive Frost but Cold can Still Kill Them - Entomological Society of America (ESA), December 8, 2013.

- EPA and DOE Release Annual Fuel Economy Guide with 2014 Models - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), December 3, 2013.

- NCGA, Allies Call for Farm Bill Resolution - National Corn Growers Association (NCGA, USA), November 26, 2013

- Zinc Sulfate, Sugar Alcohol Zinc Sprays Improve Apple Quality - American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), November 18, 2013

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IFAJ launches IFAJ-Yara Award for Reporting on Sustainable Agriculture - International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, January, 26, 2011

2011 Winners Announced in Weed Science Society of America’s Annual Awards Program - National & Regional Weed, February 8, 2011

Green Super Rice is coming - IRRI (International Rice Research Institute), January 14, 2011

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