Bumble Bee Queens Under Pressure
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside found that environmental threats are piling onto the stress faced by nest-building bumble bee queens. The team found that exposure to a widely used insecticide and a poor diet negatively impacted bumble bee queens’ health and work, which could have dramatic consequences on an already dwindling pollinator group.
Salton Sea Dust and Your Health
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside investigating the composition of particulate matter (PM) and its sources at the Salton Sea have found that this shrinking lake in Southern California is exposing large areas of dry lakebed, called playa, that are acting as new dust sources with the potential to impact human health.
Flying Waterway Sampling
Monitoring and predicting water quality poses a significant challenge since sources of fresh water and contaminants come from vast areas of land and waterways.
Low-cost Greenhouse Alternative Means Higher Profits for Growers
Kansas State University and the University of Florida are sharing an AFRI grant to learn more about improving the freshness and shelf life of locally grown produce by using high tunnels, an inexpensive version of a greenhouse.
Check Out a Wealth of Resources at Farm Answers
Farm Answers is supported by NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), providing resources to help both new and experienced farmers and agricultural producers.
New Farm-based Research Guide Now Available
A new educational resource is available from Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE).
New Tech for Grape Growers
Researchers at Cornell University Extension’s Lake Erie Regional Grape Program are using sensor technology to increase profitability and sustainability.
Climate-Induced Soil Changes may Cause More Erosion and Flash Flooding
A University of California- Riverside (UCR) team of researchers predicts a climate-induced reduction in large soil pores, which may intensify the water cycle and contribute to more flash flooding and soil erosion by the end of the 21st century. This is the first study to show that the development of macropores is influenced by climate at short timescales and it reinforces the hypothesis that climate change will probably intensify the water cycle.
Food Security in California
University of California, Davis spearheaded a collaborative effort to test the process of gleaning crop waste, preserving it, and then distributing it through local food banks in consumer-friendly packaging.
Shedding Light on the Energy Efficiency of Photosynthesis
A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), suggests that photorespiration wastes little energy and instead enhances nitrate assimilation, the process that converts nitrate absorbed from the soil into protein.