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Wild Plants Might Not Work as Refuges for Stem Borers in African Bt Crops - Entomology Today

Thu, 2016-12-22 18:03

Entomology Today

Wild Plants Might Not Work as Refuges for Stem Borers in African Bt Crops
Entomology Today
A strategy to prevent insects from becoming resistant to Bt crops is to plant a “refuge” non-Bt crop around the main Bt crop. ... This poor suitability of wild grasses as a refuge for lepidopteran stem borers became evident from field studies conducted ...

World's Oldest Veggie Casserole Found in the Sahara Desert - HowStuffWorks NOW

Thu, 2016-12-22 17:32

HowStuffWorks NOW

World's Oldest Veggie Casserole Found in the Sahara Desert
HowStuffWorks NOW
Based on the geological evidence, as well as discoveries like fossilized bones of ancient people, cattle, and ancient rock paintings and engravings of humans cavorting with animals, scientists have discerned that the people living in the Sahara during ...

A Library for Food Security - Lab Manager | News (press release) (blog)

Thu, 2016-12-22 15:42

A Library for Food Security
Lab Manager | News (press release) (blog)
Similarly, every cowpea has a unique assembly of genetic 'words,' embodied in the DNA sequence, yet each is a cowpea. ... Cataloging this genetic library means crop scientists can be more directed and purposeful in conventional plant breeding ...

With numbers dwindling, efforts to help giraffes blocked by conflict in Africa - The Japan Times

Thu, 2016-12-22 05:56

The Japan Times

With numbers dwindling, efforts to help giraffes blocked by conflict in Africa
The Japan Times
With one bullet you can take down such a big animal and that can feed them for weeks,” said Arthur Muneza, East Africa Coordinator for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. “This also limits the research we can do so if researchers don't feel ...
Odd facts about the giraffePhys.Org

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What's Cookin'? Nothing, If You Were an Early Human - Live Science

Wed, 2016-12-21 11:52

Live Science

What's Cookin'? Nothing, If You Were an Early Human
Live Science
In 2007, the Atapuerca research team took samples of the dental plaque from a hominin molar, and later a team of archaeologists extracted microfossils from the plaque so they could learn more about the diet of early humans. The microfossils included ...

What Mauritius' first female president plans for Africa - CNBCAfrica.com

Wed, 2016-12-21 11:41

What Mauritius' first female president plans for Africa
CNBCAfrica.com
In a case of David against Goliath, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim beat her male opponent by a landslide to become the first female president of Mauritius, a small island off the coast of Africa that has a population of just over 1.2 million. No one ... Born into ...

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