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Light treatments inhibit intumescence injury of tomato | Science Codex

TUSCON, AZ - Intumescence injury, also known as edema or oedema, is a nonpathogenic physiological disorder that can cause blister- or callus-like tumor growths to develop on the surface of leaves, petioles, and stems of plants. Problematic intumescence
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New insights into the seasonality of Amazon's evergreen forests | Science Codex

New insights into the seasonality of Amazon's evergreen forests | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees. In the Amazon, the opposite is true: without truly seeing the trees, you can't "see" the forest and understand the seasonal patterns of photosynthesis that play a major role in ecosystem and
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Transgenic crops: Multiple toxins not a panacea for pest control | Science Codex

Transgenic crops: Multiple toxins not a panacea for pest control | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Strategies for delaying insect resistance to transgenic crops rely on assumptions that often are overly optimistic, a new study led by UA scientists shows. Published as an advance online publication by the journal Nature Biotechnology, the findings could
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Evolutionary tools improve prospects for sustainable development | Science Codex

Evolutionary tools improve prospects for sustainable development | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Solving societal challenges in food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss will require evolutionary thinking in order to be effective in the long run. Inattention to this will only lead to greater challenges such as short-lived medicines and
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Galápagos hawks hand down lice like family heirlooms | Science Codex

Galápagos hawks hand down lice like family heirlooms | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Say what you will about the parasitic lifestyle, but in the evolution of life on Earth, it's a winner.
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Generating a genome to feed the world: UA-led team sequences African rice | Science Codex

Generating a genome to feed the world: UA-led team sequences African rice | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers led by the University of Arizona has sequenced the complete genome of African rice. The genetic information will enhance scientists' and agriculturalists' understanding of the growing patterns of African rice, as well
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Losing sleep over your divorce? Your blood pressure could suffer | Science Codex

Those who experience persistent sleep problems after a divorce stand to suffer from more than just dark circles. They might also be at risk for potentially harmful increases in blood pressure, a new study finds. A growing body of research links divorce
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Could pizza herb prevent winter vomiting disease? | Science Codex

Scientists have found that carvacrol – the substance in oregano oil that gives the pizza herb its distinctive warm, aromatic smell and flavour – is effective against norovirus, causing the breakdown of the virus' tough outer coat. The research is
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Biotech crops vs. pests: Successes and failures from the first billion acres | Science Codex

Biotech crops vs. pests: Successes and failures from the first billion acres | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Since 1996, farmers worldwide have planted more than a billion acres (400 million hectares) of genetically modified corn and cotton that produce insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt for short.
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Enzyme discovery leads scientists further down path to pumping oil from plants | Science Codex

Enzyme discovery leads scientists further down path to pumping oil from plants | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
COLLEGE STATION -- An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying a common green microalga called Botryococcus braunii. The study, published in the current issue of the journal
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Student scientists, dusty data, and dirty discoveries | Science Codex

Modern technology has blurred the boundaries between place, time zone, and people -- between students learning details, and scientists leading discoveries. Case in point: A revolutionary virtual class brought together undergraduate and graduate students
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Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton | Science Codex

Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Advocates of biotech crops and those who favor traditional farming practices such as crop diversity often seem worlds apart, but a new study shows that these two approaches can be compatible. An international team led by Chinese scientists and Bruce
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How quickly viruses can contaminate buildings and how to stop them | Science Codex

Using tracer viruses, researchers found that contamination of just a single doorknob or table top results in the spread of viruses throughout office buildings, hotels, and health care facilities. Within 2 to 4 hours, the virus could be detected on 40 to
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Enjoy Life, Live With Parents: Millennials Redefine Adulthood | Science Codex

Enjoy Life, Live With Parents: Millennials Redefine Adulthood | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Enjoy Life, Live With Parents: Millennials Redefine AdulthoodAbout 28 percent of young adults in a University of Arizona survey say that marriage is not an important life goal, while 27 percent say that having children is not. Once upon a time, a spouse,
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Tiniest catch: University of Arizona scientists' fishing expedition reveals viral diversity in the sea | Science Codex

Tiniest catch: University of Arizona scientists' fishing expedition reveals viral diversity in the sea | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A fishing expedition of microscopic proportions led by University of Arizona ecologists revealed that the lines between virus types in nature are less blurred than previously thought. Using lab-cultured bacteria as "bait," a team of scientists
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Entomologists update definitions to tackle resistance to biotech crops and pesticides | Science Codex

Resistance to pesticides has now been recorded in nearly a thousand pest species, including more than 500 insects, 218 weeds, and 190 fungi that attack plants. The recorded cases of resistance in insects, mites and other arthropods, which include resistance to multiple pesticides per species, more than doubled from 5,141 in 1990 to 11,254 in 2013. A first step in tackling this growing global problem is establishing a common vocabulary, because the current jumble of terms fosters confusion among scientists in academia, industry and government. 

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A living desert underground | Science Codex

Hidden underneath the hilly grasslands studded with ocotillos and mesquite trees in southeastern Arizona lies a world shrouded in perpetual darkness: Kartchner Caverns, a limestone cave system renowned for its untouched cave formations, sculpted over...
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Multi-toxin biotech crops not silver bullets, scientists warn | Science Codex

Multi-toxin biotech crops not silver bullets, scientists warn | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A strategy widely used to prevent pests from quickly adapting to crop-protecting toxins may fail in some cases unless better preventive actions are taken, suggests new research by University of Arizona entomologists published in the Proceedings of...
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