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Severe Drought, Heat Upended Research This Summer
Researchers scramble to adapt as bouts of severe heat and aridity increasingly become the norm.
Severe Drought, Heat Upended Research This Summer
Severe Drought, Heat Upended Research This Summer

Researchers scramble to adapt as bouts of severe heat and aridity increasingly become the norm.

Researchers scramble to adapt as bouts of severe heat and aridity increasingly become the norm.

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Climate Change Worsens Most Infectious Diseases
Andy Carstens | Aug 8, 2022 | 2 min read
Of the pathogens known to have infected humans, more than half may cause more widespread disease as a result of rising temperatures, precipitation changes, or other climate-related factors, a study finds.
Tropical Birds Differ in Their Responses to Drought
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2020 | 2 min read
Long-lived species decrease their reproduction more than short-lived species in response to lower-than-normal precipitation, and thereby gain a survival advantage, a study finds.
Drug Helps Plants Resist Drought: Study
Abby Olena, PhD | Oct 24, 2019 | 3 min read
The small molecule is effective in tomato and wheat in laboratory trials, but its scalability and applicability to real-world agriculture remains to be seen.
Image of the Day: Nor Any Drop to Drink
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 12, 2019 | 1 min read
Sea snakes wait in thirst for “lenses” of freshwater forming on the surface of the ocean after a heavy rain.
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Majority of Wild Coffee Species at Risk of Extinction, Study Finds
Shawna Williams | Jan 16, 2019 | 2 min read
Threats to the plants include climate change and habitat loss.
Stressing and FRETing
Ruth Williams | Aug 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Two labs have produced FRET-based systems for real-time analysis of a plant stress hormone.
Climate Change to Continue
Kate Yandell | Jan 15, 2013 | 2 min read
A US federal advisory committee finds that climate change is already impacting the country, and that it’s not about to stop.
Better Biofuel Crops
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012 | 1 min read
One way to increase biofuel production is to engineer plants that can withstand harsh environmental conditions, thereby expanding the range in which such crops can be grown. 
Growing Better Biofuel Crops
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012 | 10+ min read
Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.
Opinion: The Water Deficit
David Molden | Aug 23, 2011 | 3 min read
Current farming practices draw too much of the world’s freshwater supplies to be sustainable. A change is needed to support growing agricultural demand.
Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater
Bob Grant | May 26, 2011 | 1 min read
Agribusiness giant Monsanto is finding out that it's difficult to conduct field trials of drought-resistant corn when it won't stop raining. The company hopes to launch a new line of corn seed that's been genetically engineered to thrive in drough conditions by 2013.
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