Potty Party: Researchers Show Young Cows Can Be Toilet-Trained
Potty Party: Researchers Show Young Cows Can Be Toilet-Trained
Ethologist Jan Langbein and his team trained the cattle as a way to keep solid and liquid cattle waste separate—with the goal of reducing ammonia emissions coming from livestock.
Potty Party: Researchers Show Young Cows Can Be Toilet-Trained
Potty Party: Researchers Show Young Cows Can Be Toilet-Trained

Ethologist Jan Langbein and his team trained the cattle as a way to keep solid and liquid cattle waste separate—with the goal of reducing ammonia emissions coming from livestock.

Ethologist Jan Langbein and his team trained the cattle as a way to keep solid and liquid cattle waste separate—with the goal of reducing ammonia emissions coming from livestock.

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Genes Shared With Viruses Protect Caterpillars from Parasitic Wasps
Genes Shared With Viruses Protect Caterpillars from Parasitic Wasps
Annie Melchor | Jul 30, 2021
A newly identified gene family named “parasitoid killing factor” is found in both insect-infecting viruses and their hosts, although researchers can’t yet tell where they originated.
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
Lisa Winter | May 26, 2021
The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.
Stress-Response Compound Widespread in Animals Is Found in Plants
Stress-Response Compound Widespread in Animals Is Found in Plants
Shawna Williams | May 22, 2021
TMAO appears to both stabilize other plant proteins and influence the expression of stress-response genes, researchers report.
Stamping Out Science, 1948
Stamping Out Science, 1948
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2021
Trofim Lysenko’s attacks on geneticists had long-term effects on Russian science and scientists, despite a lack of evidence to support his beliefs about biological inheritance.
Rediscovered Coffee Species Tastes Great, Tolerates Warmth: Study
Rediscovered Coffee Species Tastes Great, Tolerates Warmth: Study
Shawna Williams | Apr 20, 2021
Cultivating stenophylla, untapped by the coffee industry for the last century, could help farmers cope with the effects of climate change, researchers suggest.
US Pesticide Use Is Down, but Damage to Pollinators Is Rising
US Pesticide Use Is Down, but Damage to Pollinators Is Rising
Amanda Heidt | Apr 5, 2021
The use of pesticides has decreased in the US by more than 40 percent since 1992, but the emergence of more-potent chemicals means that they are far more damaging to many species.
First Report of Horizontal Gene Transfer Between Plant and Animal
First Report of Horizontal Gene Transfer Between Plant and Animal
Emma Yasinski | Mar 25, 2021
Whiteflies overcome a toxin in plants they eat through the use of the plant’s own genetic protection, likely ferried from plant to insect millions of years ago by a virus.
Book Excerpt from <em>Resetting the Table</em>
Book Excerpt from Resetting the Table
Robert Paarlberg | Feb 3, 2021
In his book’s introduction, author Robert Paarlberg advocates for the use of modern science in agriculture.
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech&mdash;Again
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech—Again
Robert Paarlberg | Feb 1, 2021
Scientifically groundless regulations could undercut the potential of gene-edited crops, much as they have with GMOs.
Farming Associated with Long-Term Decline in Marmot Populations
Farming Associated with Long-Term Decline in Marmot Populations
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2020
Images from a Cold War spy satellite help researchers piece together the effects of land-use decisions in Kazakhstan.
Wheat Blast Arrives in Zambia, First Time in Africa
Wheat Blast Arrives in Zambia, First Time in Africa
Munyaradzi Makoni | Oct 19, 2020
Experts fear the fungal pathogen will spread to other African countries, threatening wheat production.
In COVID-19&ndash;Hit Africa, Agricultural Research Feels the Pinch
In COVID-19–Hit Africa, Agricultural Research Feels the Pinch
Munyaradzi Makoni | Aug 6, 2020
The pandemic and accompanying lockdowns have meant missing growing seasons and losing out on key data. As restrictions are partially lifted, researchers are adjusting to the new normal.
Researchers Try to Head Off &ldquo;Murder Hornets&rdquo; Coming into US
Researchers Try to Head Off “Murder Hornets” Coming into US
Shawna Williams | May 4, 2020
Asian giant hornets were found for the first time in Washington State and could reemerge in the spring.
Genomics Reveals How Humans Can Inadvertently Drive Plant Mimicry
Genomics Reveals How Humans Can Inadvertently Drive Plant Mimicry
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020
Hand weeding of fields spurred an interloper to evolve a rice-like appearance, researchers conclude.
Variation in Cannabis Testing Challenges a Young Industry
Variation in Cannabis Testing Challenges a Young Industry
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2020
The US lacks standardized methods to assess products for potency and safety. That’s a big problem for the labs tasked with doing the testing.
Image of the Day: Dog Detectives
Image of the Day: Dog Detectives
Amy Schleunes | Feb 5, 2020
Trained canines are remarkably accurate at detecting a pathogen that has devastated citrus crops.
Infographic: Preventing a Swine Pandemic
Infographic: Preventing a Swine Pandemic
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 13, 2020
With millions of pigs killed due to a major outbreak of African swine fever virus in Asia, researchers have intensified efforts to find a vaccine quickly.
Infographic: The Lifecycle of African Swine Fever Virus
Infographic: The Lifecycle of African Swine Fever Virus
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 13, 2020
Understanding how domestic pigs can be infected with the deadly virus could be key to protecting them from it.