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Article ID: 558696

Soil Experts to Discuss Terroir, the Link between Earth and Wine on Nov. 19 in DC

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

A Congressional educational briefing and wine tasting Nov. 19 in Washington, DC, will shed light on how the balance of vineyard management and site selection blend together to provide distinctive grapes which can allow for unique wine characteristics.

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16-Nov-2009 5:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 558472

Additive Copper-Zinc Interaction Affects Toxic Response in Soybean

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Agricultural soils accumulate trace metals from waste and fungicide application. Regulations for soil concentrations of these potentially plant-toxic elements consider the individual elements, but not their interactions. This study evaluates whether the copper-zinc interaction in soils is additive as defined by the toxicity response in crops.

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10-Nov-2009 10:40 AM EST
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    5-Nov-2009 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 558292

Airborne Nitrogen Shifts Nutrient Limitation in Pristine Lakes

Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The impact of airborne nitrogen released from the burning of fossil fuels and wide-spread use of fertilizers in agriculture is much greater that previously recognized and even extends to remote alpine lakes, according to a study published Nov. 6 in the journal Science.

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5-Nov-2009 9:00 AM EST
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    4-Nov-2009 4:00 PM EST

Article ID: 558078

Cultural Beliefs About Pesticides Put Mexican Farmworkers at Risk

Health Behavior News Service

Pesticides, unfortunately, are not without risk to those who labor in the fields and orchards, planting, tending and harvesting crops -- and this risk increases for Mexican farmworkers.

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29-Oct-2009 2:00 PM EDT
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    4-Nov-2009 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 557902

Great Wines Come From Great Soils

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

The world's greatest wines are the result of synergy among grape variety, human input, and terroir -- a term defined as the vineyard site, soil, and climate. Experts will discuss terroir with an emphasis on soil science on Nov. 4 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Annual Meeting of the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA.

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27-Oct-2009 1:00 PM EDT
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    3-Nov-2009 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 557891

Ecology in Organic Ag: Combining Farming, Science

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

The new book, “Organic Farming: The Ecological System,” combines farmer experience with the latest scientific research to better understand the role of organics in modern agriculture.

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27-Oct-2009 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 558191

Green Is Cool, But U.S. Land Changes Generally Are Not

University of Maryland, College Park

Most land-use changes occurring in the continental United States reduce vegetative cover and raise regional surface temperatures, says a new study by scientists at the University of Maryland, Purdue University, and the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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2-Nov-2009 9:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 558041

Nanotubes Fast Forward Seed Germination

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Nanotechnologists and Biologists advance germination of seeds by adding carbon nanotubes in the growing medium, an enhancement with implications for plant-based biofuel production.

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28-Oct-2009 3:30 PM EDT
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Article ID: 557897

How Do We Fund Plant Breeding?

Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Plant breeding industry stakeholders discuss public-private partnerships; commercialization strategies now driving public programs; the impact of foundations in targeted support for cultivar development; and national and global programs that may help build industry capacity and public support in a Nov. 5 symposium in Pittsburgh.

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27-Oct-2009 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 557872

Expert to Discuss Phosphorus’ Impact on ‘Dead Zone’ off Gulf of Mexico

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

A lecture on Nov. 3 in Pittsburgh will highlight the role of phosphorus in wetlands, including the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxia zone/dead zone in the Mississippi River basin. In addition to an overview of current research, suggestions for realistic management techniques that balance wetland ecosystems and landscape functions will also be discussed.

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27-Oct-2009 1:00 PM EDT
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