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Ancient farmers helped build the Amazon’s rich biodiversity, archaeologists find

Farmers helped build the Amazon's rich biodiversity by maintaining soil health with sustainable growing practices, an international team of scientists ...
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Viewpoint: GMO skeptics abuse UN Biodiversity Conference to promote anti-biotech agenda

Countless people continue to suffer and die needlessly as a result of the arbitrary and unscientific restrictions forged at the ...
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How weird can life on earth get? Check out these creatures found in deep arctic waters

How should we get our children, our parents and anyone else excited about biodiversity of tiny Arctic microalgae or Arctic ...
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Outside of ‘occasional surges’, biodiversity evolution has been largely stagnant for millions of years, studies suggest

The traditional view is that species have increased in diversity continuously over the past 200 million years, particularly in the last ...
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Bugpocalypse? New research challenges widely publicized claims of impending catastrophic insect declines

Drastic declines in insect biomass, abundance, and diversity reported in the literature have raised concerns among scientists and the public ...
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Viewpoint: The dark side of biodiversity—Why living ‘in harmony’ with nature is a fantasy

The coronavirus is a brutal reminder to citizens abused by the rhetoric of conservationist movements that biodiversity is also a ...
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Should we abandon ‘monoculture’ farming to protect biodiversity and slow climate change?

How we farm can guard against climate change and protect critical wildlife -- but only if we leave single-crop farms ...
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Oxford researchers: German study warning of insect declines lacks robust evidence

Sampling in Germany, Seibold et al. present an interesting and impressive study of arthropods in grassland vegetation and those in ...
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Recent deforestation, agriculture intensification may accelerate biodiversity declines, study warns

Biodiversity across the globe could be in a worse state than previously thought as current biodiversity assessments fail to take ...
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Viewpoint: New study provides clear evidence of substantial insect biomass and biodiversity losses

There are certain times in life .... when we think that we know something but the evidence is less than ...
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Farm biodiversity helps control pests without chemicals, boosts crop yields, study shows

Ecologists and biologists compared data of about 1,500 agricultural fields around the world, including corn fields in the American plains, ...
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North American bird populations dropped 30% over 50 years, but causes hard to ‘pin down’

North America’s birds are disappearing from the skies at a rate that’s shocking even to ornithologists. Since the 1970s, the ...
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Infographic: GMO crops ‘wreck’ the environment, human health? Latest evidence says otherwise

"GMOs are not saving farmers money, they're not producing higher yields, and perhaps most significantly they're wrecking the environment and ...
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Viewpoint: ‘We’ll be eating each other in 5 years’? How ‘catastrophic’ environmentalism threatens sustainable farming

In April, the cry of climate catastrophe seized the political agenda. ... It was the only subject driving the zombie ...
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3 things we should do to preserve insect biodiversity

Insects make up the bulk of terrestrial diversity. Reports of insect declines, best documented in Europe and North America, suggest ...
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This tech start-up wants to ‘hack’ efforts to save endangered species, ecosystems

After an unorthodox career in science that has included setting up a national park in an active war zone in ...
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‘Carbon farming’: The answer to climate change, flooding and declining biodiversity?

The chemical in question is carbon. Too much of it in the atmosphere (in the form of carbon dioxide, a ...
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USDA launches genomics ‘blueprint’ initiative to enhance sustainable farming as global food demand booms

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) blueprint, published [May 16] in Frontiers and Genetics, will serve as a guide for ...
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Viewpoint: Modern farming, economic growth don’t cause biodiversity decline—they prevent it

Driven perhaps by envy at the attention that climate change is getting, and ambition to set up a great new ...
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UN report warning of ‘disappearing’ biodiversity raises unjustified alarms about food security, agronomist argues

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has just published a voluminous report, The State of the World ‘s Biodiversity for ...
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Biodiversity declines threaten world food production, warns United Nations

A drop in global biodiversity is putting our ability to produce food at risk, a new United Nations report warns ...
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Saving our seeds and why we could do more to protect genetic diversity

Nations of the world are working to preserve seed diversity through the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food ...
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Controlling harmful soil microbes may be key to protecting biodiversity

An international team led by researchers at The University of Manchester have discovered why some plants "live fast and die ...
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How crop biotechnology preserves and promotes biodiversity

Experts attending the [recent] United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Egypt say that adopting smart agronomic practices can play a significant ...
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Identifying genetic basis for plant biodiversity could help boost crop yields

Diverse communities of plants and animals typically perform better than monocultures. However, the mechanisms that are responsible for this have ...
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Sustainability advantage: ‘High-yield’ intensive agriculture outpaces organic farming, large study shows

Opposition to “high-yield” agriculture has taken many forms: Accusations of corporate takeover of the idealized family farm; preference for organic ...
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Why biodiversity might not always be such a good thing for our health

While some think of the "dilution effect" as settled science, some ecologists argue that claiming conservation will broadly reduce disease ...
Viewpoint: Will Europe botch regulation of gene editing as it has GMOs?

Viewpoint: Will Europe botch regulation of gene editing as it has GMOs?

Plant biologist: Europe's precautionary stance toward agricultural biotechnology has all but blocked the introduction of GM crops and could provide ...