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December 3, 2020

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Jaguars Robust to Climate Extremes but Lack of Food Threatens Species

Researchers lead a world-first investigation into the chances of wild jaguars surviving climate extremes with six scenarios modelling the behavior, mating, births of cubs, competition, illegal ...

New Wheat and Barley Genomes Will Help Feed the World

Scientists have unlocked a new genetic variation in wheat and barley - a major boost for the global effort in breeding higher-yielding wheat and barley ...

US Corn Crop's Growing Sensitivity to Drought Revealed

New management approaches and technology have allowed the US. Corn Belt to increase yields despite some changes in climate. However, soil sensitivity to drought has increased significantly, according ...

Atmospheric Dust Levels Are Rising in the Great Plains

A study finds that atmospheric dust levels are rising across the Great Plains at a rate of up to 5% per year. The trend of rising dust parallels expansion of cropland and even seasonal crop cycles. ...
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Food Mechanics Recipe to Serve Up Healthy Food That Lasts

Researchers are investigating the science of food drying to design faster, cheaper and better ways to store ...

Consequences of the 2018 Summer Drought

The drought that hit central and northern Europe in summer 2018 had serious effects on crops, forests and grasslands. Researchers are showing what effects this had and what lessons can be ...

Wild Cousins May Help Crops Battle Climate Change

Wild relatives of our domestic crops already cope with harsh conditions and resist disease. Can we use them to help our preferred crops ...

A Difficult Year for Forests, Fields and Meadows

The warm, dry summer of 2018 has left clear traces in various ecosystems. Researchers have found that if the climate continues to warm up, higher altitudes can also expect negative consequences in ...

Plant Protein Discovery Could Reduce Need for Fertilizer

Researchers have discovered how a protein in plant roots controls the uptake of minerals and water, a finding which could improve the tolerance of agricultural crops to climate change and reduce the ...

Songbirds Reduce Reproduction to Help Survive Drought

New research suggests tropical songbirds in both the Old and New Worlds reduce reproduction during severe droughts, and this - somewhat surprisingly -- may actually increase their survival ...

Crop Breeding: Getting to the Root of the Problem

Roots play a vital role in crop plants. They take up water and nutrients for the plant and keep it help firmly in the ground. But not all roots are the ...

Understanding How Birds Respond to Extreme Weather Can Inform Conservation Efforts

How do different bird species respond to extreme weather events that occur for different amounts of time, ranging from weekly events like heat waves to seasonal events like drought? And how do traits ...

Global Warming Is Changing Our Plant Communities

In a comprehensive study of nearly 20,000 species, research shows that plant communities are shifting to include more heat-loving species as a result of climate ...

Scientists Further Cowpea Research--Boosting Canopy CO2 Assimilation, Water-Use Efficiency

New research aimed to determine how much variation exists within diverse cowpea lines' canopy photosynthesis. Results from this study suggest that by optimizing canopy structures, researchers ...

Forest Growth in Drier Climates Will Be Impacted by Reduced Snowpack

A new study suggests that future reductions in seasonal snowpack as a result of climate change may negatively influence forest growth in semi-arid climates, but less so in wetter ...

Small Trees Offer Hope for Rainforests

Small trees that grow up in drought conditions could form the basis of more drought-resistant rainforests, new research ...

Exploring the Sustainability of the Indian Sugar Industry

Researchers analyzed the interconnected food, water and energy challenges that arise from the sugar industry in India - the second-largest producer of sugar worldwide - and how the political economy ...

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Thrive at Paiute's Summit Lake in Far Northern Nevada

Summit Lake in remote northwest Nevada is home to the only self-sustaining, robust, lake population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, North America's largest freshwater native trout species. Research ...

Where Is the Water During a Drought?

In low precipitation periods - where and how is the limited available water distributed and what possibilities are there for improving retention in the soil and the landscape? Researchers discovered ...

Heat Stress: The Climate Is Putting European Forests Under Sustained Pressure

No year since weather records began was as hot and dry as 2018. A first comprehensive analysis of the consequences of this drought and heat event shows that central European forests sustained ...

Daytime Aardvark Sightings Are a Sign of Troubled Times

New research reveals what a shift from night-time to daytime activity means for the well-being of aardvarks in a warming and drying ...

Texas Will Face Driest Conditions of the Last 1,000 Years

Texas' future climate will feature drier summers and decreasing water supplies for much of the state for the remainder of the 21st century -- likely resulting in the driest conditions the state ...

Tree Rings Show Unprecedented Rise in Extreme Weather in South America

A new South American Drought Atlas reveals that unprecedented widespread, intense droughts and unusually wet periods have been on the rise since the mid-20th ...

Desert Algae Shed Light on Desiccation Tolerance in Green Plants

Deserts of the US Southwest are extreme habitats for most plants, but, remarkably, microscopic green algae live there that are extraordinarily tolerant of dehydration. After completely drying out, ...

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