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Native Shrub Densities Predict Burrow Patterns in Drylands
calendar 25th May, 2024 | Greg Howard

Native Shrub Densities Predict Burrow Patterns in Drylands

A York University study reveals that higher shrub densities in Central California deserts lead to more animal burrows, enhancing habitat quality. This finding can guide conservation efforts to prioritize areas rich in both shrubs and burrows for better ecosystem management.

Better Way to See Whitefly Eggs on Different Plants
calendar 24th May, 2024 | Jenn Hoskins

Better Way to See Whitefly Eggs on Different Plants

Researchers at UC Riverside developed a staining method to better visualize sweet potato whitefly eggs on crops, enhancing egg count accuracy. This advancement aids in breeding resistant crop varieties, reducing reliance on harmful insecticides.

Understanding Mobile DNA Elements in Plant-Parasitic Worms
calendar 24th May, 2024 | Jenn Hoskins

Understanding Mobile DNA Elements in Plant-Parasitic Worms

Transposable elements (TEs) drive genome size variation and evolution in plant-parasitic nematodes. Researchers found TEs, especially retrotransposons, abundant in larger genomes, highlighting their role in genetic diversity and adaptation across 26 nematode species.

How Corydalis Yanhusuo Bulbs Produce Healing Alkaloids
calendar 24th May, 2024 | Jenn Hoskins

How Corydalis Yanhusuo Bulbs Produce Healing Alkaloids

Researchers mapped the biosynthetic pathways of key alkaloids in Corydalis yanhusuo, identifying crucial genes involved in their synthesis. This study enhances understanding of its therapeutic properties and paves the way for improved quality control and medicinal applications.

Viruses Help Control Plant Diseases and Boost Soil Health
calendar 24th May, 2024 | Jenn Hoskins

Viruses Help Control Plant Diseases and Boost Soil Health

Researchers at Nanjing Agricultural University found that frequent bacteriophage applications effectively control bacterial wilt in tomatoes and enhance beneficial soil microbes, offering a sustainable, dual-action strategy against crop diseases and boosting global food security.

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