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Invasive Species Known To Be Resistant To Pesticides Spotted Outside In US

The whitefly is kind of cute looking as far as invasive pests go, but they have recently been expanding their reach and are presenting a new threat to landscapers, gardeners and farmers in the United States.


Something Is Killing Off Australia's Chillies

Chillies in Australia have been turning black and rotting on the vine, seemingly without explanation. Now researchers have finally identified just what’s been killing these poor chillies.


This Very Big Machine Picks Very Small Berries

Harvesting the edible parts of any plant in a timely manner usually requires some very specialised tools. Poppy seeds get hoovered up by a giant old-timey lawnmower. Potatoes take a shovel escalator before ending up your plate. And currants — those tasty little berries that usually get made into jam — well, they get this wonky thing.


Scientists Are Closer Than Ever To Growing A Tomato That Ripens But Doesn't Rot

Keeping a tomato flavorful and firm past a few days is no easy task, as anyone who has made the catastrophic mistake of sticking a tomato in the fridge can attest. Now, new research could finally give us a much longer span of time to eat that tomato.


Australian Researchers Just Made A Breakthrough In Growing Crops During A Drought

Drought is spreading across farmland worldwide — and it’s only going to get more intense. New research offers a clue on how we might be able to continue to grow the staples we’re used to but with much less water.


Drawing Eyes On Cow Butts May Ward Off Hungry Lions

An Australian conservation biologist has come up with a novel method for protecting cattle from being hunted by African lions: Paint eyes on their butts. The lions will think their intended prey has seen them and will move on, since they have lost the element of surprise.


A Disgusting Green Sludge Is Devouring Florida's Coast

Fourth of July celebrations along Florida’s Treasure Coast were decidedly muted yesterday, thanks to a putrid, toxic algae bloom that continues to fester days after Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency.


The World's Largest Vertical Farm Is Being Built In New Jersey 

A huge vertical farm — where crops are planted, grown and harvested all with neither sun nor soil — is being built in New Jersey. When it’s finished, it will be the largest one in the world.


Why World Hunger Is Going To Fall To Its Lowest Levels Ever This Decade

By 2026, there’s going to be a lot less hunger worldwide — and that’s something to celebrate. The reason is not that we’re growing more food, however. Food is just getting cheaper.


These Two Crops Use More Of The World's Water Than All Other Crops Combined

Satellite photos of farms in Brazil, Image: NASA’s Earth Observatory The world is drying up all around us, but which crops can we use to shift the blame away from our cars, pools, and cartons of almond milk? Cast your eyes hard on these two culprits, right in your very own kitchen cabinet.


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