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Researchers from the University of Sheffield have calculated the environmental impact of a loaf of bread and which part of its production contributes the most greenhouse gas. (PhysOrg) Interdisciplinary researchers from the University's Grantham Cent...
PhysOrg~Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 07:03    
Honey bee colony declines are a major threat worldwide. Among the lineup of possible causes — including parasites, disease, climate stress, and malnutrition — many have pointed the finger squarely at insecticides as a prime suspect, espec...
Entomology Today~Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 06:42    
Improving the detection of oestrus in dairy cows by 10% above the national average can improve profitability by 0.97p /litre[i]. However, a cow is typically only in heat 8-12 hours and it often occurs at night so achieving this potentially requires c...
Agrimetrics Newsletter~Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 06:11    
A patented wheat can have significant importance to agriculture, the environment and undernourished people in developing countries. Animal tests recently demonstrated that high phytase wheat increases P and Ca digestibility. (Janne Hansen, Danish Cen...
Janne Hansen, Danish Centre For Food And Agriculture~Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 - 15:50    
Mark Bowsher-Gibbs, farm and estate manager at G.H Dean in Kent will be growing soya for the first time this harvest. He hosts the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Monitor Farm in Sittingbourne, and presented his trial to the Monitor Farm group at its las...
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 - 10:51    
When ingested by animals, aflatoxins cause health problems including liver cancer and stunted growth. Thakare et al. used host-induced gene silencing (HIGS) to block aflatoxin production in maize.  Aflatoxins are toxic metabolites produced by so...
Mary Williams, Plantae~Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 - 09:41    
The Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum was designed to accelerate collaboration for the development of game-changing innovations addressing global food and nutrition security challenges. 250 high-level industry experts came together at Rothamsted Resea...
Rothamsted Research~Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 - 07:01    
This is the first report that disbudding wounds may remain sensitive for at least 75 h after the procedure. These results also indicate that both disbudding and injection of LA can suppress play behavior in the short-term and that the need for longer...
Erin M Mintline, University of California, Davis et al in Applied Animal Behaviour Science~Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 - 06:35    
This document sets out the collective high level areas of science, evidence and analysis interest for the Defra group. Defra is responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our worldleading food and farming industry, and sustainin...
Defra~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 15:41    
The study measured how much work dairy cows will do to access pasture, by pushing on a weighted gate. The cows worked hard to access pasture, especially at night. As a comparison, the researchers also measured how much weight the cows would push to a...
SciencDaily~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 14:34    
Rothamsted Research and the NFU convened a workshop at Rothamsted Research amongst leading agricultural science, technology and knowledge transfer organisations in the UK. The workshop discussions focused on identifying the key areas of focus in orde...
Rothamsted Research et al~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 14:18    
In the early days of using drones to capture aerial imagery, just having an aerial image of your farmland added great value. The idea was that farmers could fly their fields as often as they wanted to pinpoint issues, such as irrigation leaks, leaf c...
AgFunder News~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 11:47    
Livestock numbers are increasing to supply the growing demand for meat-rich diets. The sustainability of this trend has been questioned, and future environmental changes, such as climate change, may cause some regions to become less suitable for live...
Mark A Lee, Kew, et al in Biogeosciences~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 10:54    
The objective of this research was to carry out a carbon footprint analysis of three distinct pasture-based beef production systems on the North Wyke Farm Platform (NWFP) in Devon, UK (Figure 1). The systems studied were: 1. [Green system] permanent...
Graham A. McAuliffe, Taro Takahashi, Mark Eisler, Paul Harris, Robert Orr and Michael R. F. Lee, Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP)~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 09:58    
Most humans consume the grain from 50 wheat plants daily providing them with roughly 20% of their calorific and 25% of their protein intake (www.fao.org/faostat).  Despite its global importance, wheat has lagged behind other cereals such as rice...
Cristobal Uauy, John Innes Centre via Science Direct~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 08:34    
The provocative title of this post was prompted by a tweet in my Twitter timeline (@xAlan_Matthews) which told how a farm speaker at a meeting the tweeter had attended had said he/she was frustrated by how many farmers do not manage their farms as bu...
Professor Alan Matthews, Trinity College, Dublin~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 07:37    
If you want a quick, simple and easy way to add events and view animals in your herd, then look no further. MobileHerd is a service which has been created to allow farmers and users to access animal data and record information on the go.  Mobile...
CIS (Cattle Information Service)~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 06:45    
BASF has announced that it has reached a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology to improve products in agricultural and industrial microbiology applications. The tec...
BASF~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 06:24    
Around 7,000 species of plants have been eaten by humans at one time or another. In many cases, the wild relatives of these foods still occur in the natural environment, including oats, beet, carrot, parsnip, radish and asparagus. These wild relative...
James Petts, Natural England for SIP Platform~Saturday, 25 March, 2017 - 08:11    
  The importance of farmland biodiversity and wildlife Dr William Stiles: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect  Take home messages:  Increasing biodiversity, particularly wildlife populations, can benefit farmers by impr...
Dr William Stiles: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Saturday, 25 March, 2017 - 07:34