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Taming ornamental plant that has become harmful - SciDev.Net

Wed, 2017-02-01 11:14

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Taming ornamental plant that has become harmful
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In this video, scientists explain the dangers of Opuntia stricta — an invasive cactus weed — covering large tracts of land in Kenya's semi-arid Laikipia County, making lives of people, domestic animals as well as wildlife miserable, and efforts in ...

Taming ornamental plant that has become harmful - SciDev.Net Sub ... - SciDev.Net

Wed, 2017-02-01 11:14

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Taming ornamental plant that has become harmful - SciDev.Net Sub ...
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This video shows researchers trying to tame a noxious invasive weed – Opuntia stricta – using biocontrol method.

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These Animals Really Get Around - Discovery Institute

Wed, 2017-02-01 10:26

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These Animals Really Get Around
Discovery Institute
The University of Haifa calls says, "This movement constitutes the largest migration found in today's world, creating a mass that is almost eight times that of birds that migrate from Britain to Africa." Put another ... Scientists say that despite its ...

'Too soon to panic' – state on potentially devastating armyworm ... - News24

Tue, 2017-01-31 15:51

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'Too soon to panic' – state on potentially devastating armyworm ...
News24
The Democratic Alliance has called for a disaster management plan to be implemented in light of the “potentially devastating armyworm invasion”, but the ...

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Ghanaian and Egyptian pick $100000 AU prize for scientific excellence - africanews

Tue, 2017-01-31 07:24

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Ghanaian and Egyptian pick $100000 AU prize for scientific excellence
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Professors Felix Dapare Dakora and Ali Ali Hebeish of Ghana and Egypt respectively have been awarded the 2016 African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award. The two scientists were presented the $100,000 prize each on Monday at the 28th African ...

Pests in South Africa maize "strongly suspected" to be armyworms: scientist - Business Insider

Tue, 2017-01-31 05:14

Business Insider

Pests in South Africa maize "strongly suspected" to be armyworms: scientist
Business Insider
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A larvae outbreak which has damaged maize in South Africa's Limpopo and North West provinces is "strongly suspected" to be the invasive armyworm that has attacked crops in neighboring countries, a scientist said on Monday.
'Too soon to panic' – state on potentially devastating armyworm invasionNews24

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Danforth Center expands sorghum research program - Feedstuffs

Mon, 2017-01-30 16:08

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Danforth Center expands sorghum research program
Feedstuffs
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, one of the world's largest independent plant science institutes, announced that it received a three-year, $6.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand and accelerate the development and ...

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Ancient DNA Recovered From Clay Statues Reveal Secrets Of Mysterious African Culture - IFLScience (blog)

Mon, 2017-01-30 12:38

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Ancient DNA Recovered From Clay Statues Reveal Secrets Of Mysterious African Culture
IFLScience (blog)
One of the terracotta figurines that combine a mixture of human and animal features, in this case, lizard. The University of ... Not only that, but they also found traces of pine trees, which are not known to grow anywhere in Africa except north of the ...

Pests in South Africa maize "strongly suspected" to be armyworms ... - Yahoo News

Mon, 2017-01-30 11:40

Yahoo News

Pests in South Africa maize "strongly suspected" to be armyworms ...
Yahoo News
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A larvae outbreak which has damaged maize in South Africa's Limpopo and North West provinces is "strongly suspected" to be ...

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Pests in South Africa maize "strongly suspected" to be armyworms: scientist - Yahoo News

Mon, 2017-01-30 11:35

Yahoo News

Pests in South Africa maize "strongly suspected" to be armyworms: scientist
Yahoo News
Agricultural officials spray maize plants affected by armyworms in Keembe district, Zambia, January 6, 2017. Picture taken ... By Ed Stoddard. JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A larvae outbreak which has damaged maize in South Africa's Limpopo and North West ...
S. Africa Readies Armyworm Offensive as Corn Crop ThreatenedBloomberg

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South Africa: Debate Over Glyphosate Rages in South Africa - AllAfrica.com

Mon, 2017-01-30 09:27

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South Africa: Debate Over Glyphosate Rages in South Africa
AllAfrica.com
According to the South African Department of Science and Technology, 86 percent of maize and 85 percent of soy in South Africa are genetically modified and most are sprayed with the weedkiller Roundup which contains glyphosate. According to the ...

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Know your alien invasive plant: African Tulip Tree - Highway Mail

Sun, 2017-01-29 08:11

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Know your alien invasive plant: African Tulip Tree
Highway Mail
... Hillcrest Conservancy, takes a look at the African Tulip Tree, as part of its series of articles on alien invasive plants, to help the community to identify and eradicate them from their gardens. The African Tulip Tree's scientific name is ...

Ancient figures reveal trading routes of prehistoric African civilization - Knowridge Science Report

Sat, 2017-01-28 15:47

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Ancient figures reveal trading routes of prehistoric African civilization
Knowridge Science Report
Researchers from The University of Manchester have completed the very first biological analysis of ancient terracotta figurines found in Ghana, which were created by an unknown civilization and have become iconic representations of prehistoric African ...

Zookeeper brings Africa to Battle Creek - Battle Creek Enquirer

Fri, 2017-01-27 20:28

Battle Creek Enquirer

Zookeeper brings Africa to Battle Creek
Battle Creek Enquirer
Binder Park Zoo Lead Keeper Kathryn Sippel traveled to the Samburu and Salama areas of the African nation in November as part of a research trip with the conservation group Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. According to a December National Geographic ...

Danforth Center receives grant to boost sorghum harvests in Africa - St. Louis American

Fri, 2017-01-27 15:17

St. Louis American

Danforth Center receives grant to boost sorghum harvests in Africa
St. Louis American
The grant will support researchers for three years, as they sequence the genomes for about a thousand varieties of sorghum that exist in sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists will also study how the crop grows in Missouri, Arizona, Ethiopia, Senegal, India ...

Danforth Center receives sorghum research grant - World Grain

Thu, 2017-01-26 15:02

World Grain

Danforth Center receives sorghum research grant
World Grain
LOUIS, MISSOURI — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given a three-year $6.1 million grant to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to expand and speed development and deployment of sorghum phenotyping and breeding technologies to ...

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Makhado mine: flashpoint for tensions over South Africa's pro-coal policies - The Guardian

Thu, 2017-01-26 07:00

Makhado mine: flashpoint for tensions over South Africa's pro-coal policies
The Guardian
Then there is the plain, studded with baobab trees and outcrops. Finally there is the river Limpopo. ... But campaigners fear the Makhado mine will wreak much damage, and that if it goes ahead much larger projects will follow, leading to the loss of ...

Ancient DNA from mysterious figurines reveals African trade routes - Science Magazine

Wed, 2017-01-25 16:54

Science Magazine

Ancient DNA from mysterious figurines reveals African trade routes
Science Magazine
Intricate clay figurines like the one pictured above are the only clue archaeologists have to the mysterious Koma Land culture, which occupied part of northern Ghana between 600 and 1300 C.E. Many of the human figures have cavities carved into their ...

African trees kill both malaria mosquitos and the parasite - Science Daily

Wed, 2017-01-25 16:50

African trees kill both malaria mosquitos and the parasite
Science Daily
The Norwegian scientists had now shown that the bark of the Olon tree from Congo contains at least two interesting compounds: Pellitorine that kills malaria mosquitoes, and dihydronitidin that kills the malaria parasite. The researchers then went on to ...

Danforth Center receives grant to boost sorghum harvests in Africa - St. Louis Public Radio

Wed, 2017-01-25 15:12

St. Louis Public Radio

Danforth Center receives grant to boost sorghum harvests in Africa
St. Louis Public Radio
A $6.1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will fund the Danforth Plant Science Center's research on sorghum, a staple food crop in sub-Saharan Africa. In several Asian and African countries, grain sorghum is essential to a person ...
Danforth Center Expands Global Sorghum Research ProgramAgriculture.com

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