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Rumors of southern pine deaths have been exaggerated, UGA researchers say
(University of Georgia) Researchers at the University of Georgia have a message for Southern tree farmers worried about unexplainable pine tree deaths: don't panic.A new study published in Forest Ecology and Management analyzed growth in thousands of pine tree plots across the Southeast and indicates that 'southern pine decline' isn't happening on a large scale.

Seahorse tails could inspire new generation of robots
(Clemson University) Inspiration for the next big technological breakthrough in robotics, defense systems and biomedicine could come from a seahorse's tail, according to a new study reported Thursday in the journal Science.The research centers on the curious shape of seahorse tails and was led by Clemson University's Michael M. Porter, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

'Déjà vu all over again:' Research shows 'mulch fungus' causes turfgrass disease
(Penn State) Inadvertently continuing a line of study they conducted about 15 years ago, a team of Penn State researchers recently discovered the causal agent for an emerging turfgrass disease affecting golf courses around the world.

Do you really think you're a foodie?
(Cornell Food & Brand Lab) Think you're a foodie? Adventurous eaters, known as 'foodies,' are often associated with indulgence and excess. However, a new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study shows just the opposite -- adventurous eaters weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.

Canadian wildfires continue
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Canada is reeling from an early fire season this year as dozens of fires ravage at least three provinces of the country.

Digesting bread and pasta can release biologically active molecules
(Elsevier) Biologically active molecules released by digesting bread and pasta can survive digestion and potentially pass through the gut lining, suggests new research. The study, published in the journal of Food Research International, reveals the molecules released when real samples of bread and pasta are digested, providing new information for research into gluten sensitivity.

Scientists warn of species loss due to man-made landscapes
(University of Exeter) Researchers say farmland is a poor substitute for natural areas but simple improvements could make a difference to biodiversity conservation.

Hard soft coral: New genus and species of 'living fossil' octocoral related to blue coral
(Pensoft Publishers) A new species and genus of octocoral (Cnidaria Anthozoa) was described from Zamami Island Okinawa Japan, Nanipora kamurai. Molecular phylogenetic analyses showed that the species is closely related to genus Heliopora, and can be considered a 'living fossil.' The study was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

International consortium to study plant fertility evolution
(Brown University) Taking advantage of recent research progress and advanced gene sequencing technology, Brown University will join a consortium of European researchers for a three-year, $2.9 million study of how fertilization has evolved in flowering plants. A goal is to improve crop yields.

Study on the evolution of plant reproduction receives 2.6 million euros
(Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia) A European and US consortium coordinated by Jorg Becker, group leader at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, has now received funding of 2.6 million euros to study the evolution of sexual reproduction in plants. The project is funded under the scope of ERA-CAPS, a European network dedicated to support research activities in Plant Sciences. This study will allow the identification of genes useful to the agricultural industry, with the aim of improving the reproduction of crop species, and ultimately to increase their yield.

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