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BIZARRE MICROBES DISCOVERED IN DESERT CAVE | Oregon Herald

Tucked beneath the desert in southern Arizona is Kartchner Caverns, a maze of remote, largely uninhabited underground passages and caverns that are cloaked in perpetual darkness. But this seemingly desolate cave system actually plays host to a surprisingly diverse array of microbes that survive underground despite the extreme dearth of light and nutrients, according to a new study.

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AZ Week: Prevention, Solutions Amid Possible Water Crisis | Arizona Public Media

Growing population demands more, theories of CO River drought in near future, drought has experts debating plans. Some argue the state has already reached a crisis, while others say it hasn't, and the latter advocate for preservation tactics so resources aren't wasted

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Labeling GMOs enables choice | Arizona Republic

Labeling GMOs enables choice | Arizona Republic | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
With all due respect to Shane Burgess' expertise, I have one question: If GMO foods are totally safe, environmentally superior and nutritionally identical to natural foods, why is the food industry so opposed to identifying GMO products?
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Another Top Scientist Defends Food Technology | Center for Consumer Freedom

The scientific community is united in its consensus regarding the safety of Genetically Improved Foods (GIFs). The premier scientific body in the U.S., the National Academy of Sciences, calls them safe, noting that after billions of meals served, “no adverse … Continue reading →
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Flake: It's time to talk water | Arizona Republic

Flake: It's time to talk water | Arizona Republic | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Jeff Flake, Arizona's junior senator, says he's ready to lead a yearlong conversation on water use.
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GMO food is safe, labeled or not | Truth About Trade & Technology

Truth about Source – The Arizona Republic By Shane C. Burgess Date – 14 Mar 2014 Website – www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed But UA scientist says be skeptical and open about genetically modified crops Regarding “GMO labeling: Know what you eat” by Arizona Republic editorial writer Linda Valdez (Viewpoints, Feb. 23): I am the dean of the University of Arizona College of...

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UofA Faculty Present at Global Agriculture Forum in Abu Dhabi | Yuma News Now

The University of Arizona Innovation Zone at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture featured the Accordion photobioreactor, an innovative algae production system for nutraceuticals, animal feed, biofuels and other high-value products.

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Definitions for terms related to resistance to pesticides updated | AgProfessional

Five entomologists from the University of Arizona and Michigan State University updated definitions for 50 key terms related to resistance in a new article in the Journal of Economic Entomology.
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Discovery of Microbe Hiding in Permafrost Raises Concerns About Future | UANews

Discovery of Microbe Hiding in Permafrost Raises Concerns About Future | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

University of Arizona scientists have helped discover a microbe that is set to play a significant role in future global warming. The methane-producing organism was first identified in soils in northern Sweden that were once frozen year-round but have begun to thaw under the effect of globally rising temperatures.

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Reedsburg Fermentation Fest | Wisconsin State Farmer

The Wormfarm Institute will host its third annual Reedsburg Fermentation Fest-A Live Culture Convergence, Oct. 4-13. It's a multifaceted food and farming festival with a focus on fermentation - in all its forms. The signature feature is the Farm/Art DTour, a nationally recognized, 50-mile, self-guided road tour through the scenic hills and farm fields of northwestern Sauk County. 

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Pesticide-Resistance Of Insects Has Doubled Since 1990 | Science 2.0

Nature is always looking for new ways to stay ahead. To-date, resistance to pesticides has been recorded in more than 500 insects, 218 weeds, and 190 fungi that attack plants. 

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Entomologists update definitions to tackle resistance to biotech crops | Bio-Medicine

Recognizing that resistance is not "all or none" and that intermediate levels of resistance can have a continuum of effects on pest control, the authors describe five categories of field-evolved resistance and use them to classify 13 cases of resistance to five Bt toxins in transgenic corn and cotton based on monitoring data from five continents for nine major pest species.

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New food-stamp rules could be felt in convenience stores | Buffalo (NY) News

Convenience stores will have to start stocking a variety of “staple foods” alongside the snacks and fountain drinks if they want to keep accepting food stamps, under a little-noticed section of the federal farm bill.The provision, tucked into the nearly 1,000-page bill signed...

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8 Smart Cleaning Techniques | Real Simple (Magazine)

8 Smart Cleaning Techniques | Real Simple (Magazine) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

These easy strategies keep your house clean longer, allowing you to clean less often. When it comes to cleaning, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of scrubbing.

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Entomologists update definitions to tackle resistance to biotech crops and pesticides | Bio Fuel Daily

Entomologists update definitions to tackle resistance to biotech crops and pesticides | Bio Fuel Daily | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
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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 in
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Professor: Water crisis avoidable if planned for now | KTAR (Radio-Phoenix)

Arizona could face a water crisis in the next 25 years but that can be avoided if the state starts planning now, a professor said.

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Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It | Wired

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It | Wired | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
One of agricultural biotechnology's great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement squandered the benefits of genetic modification. After years of predicting that it would happen, scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms resistant ...
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GMO food is safe, labeled or not | Arizona Republic

Regarding "GMO labeling: Know what you eat" by Arizona Republic editorial writer Linda Valdez (Viewpoints, Feb. 23):

 

I am the dean of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I tell all our research scientists that we aren't hired to prove our preconceptions or to advocate. We don't set policy. Our job is to do the best science and to provide unbiased data. We also use our scientific expertise to review what others have done.

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The Future of Shopping | UANews

The Future of Shopping | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

In the future, you may walk into a clothing store and interact with a sales associate using a technological interface that already knows what sizes you buy, that you tend to wear bold prints and that while you have a taste for Phillip Lim and Versace, your budget guides you to more reasonably priced fashions.

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UA Faculty Present at Global Agriculture Forum in Abu Dhabi | UANews

UA Faculty Present at Global Agriculture Forum in Abu Dhabi | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

The University of Arizona played a significant role in the first-ever Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, in which participants from 62 countries gathered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to present the world’s largest collection of sustainable agricultural innovations.

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From drought to land degradation — UofA focuses on challenges facing an arid environment | Arizona Capitol Times

From drought to land degradation — UofA focuses on challenges facing an arid environment | Arizona Capitol Times | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Most Arizonans know that our water supply is low. We face this challenge, along with climate extremes, political and policy relationships with other states and the federal government over water, as well as the need to balance our state’s natural wonders with effective resource use.
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Citrus growers on high alert for crop-killing disease | KSWT (TV-Yuma)

Citrus growers on high alert for crop-killing disease | KSWT (TV-Yuma) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
These small insects are causing a big problem across the nation.
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Entomologists update definitions to tackle resistance to biotech crops and pesticides | Bright Surf

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.
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Entomologists Update Resistance Definitions | Entomology Society of America

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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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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