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Study finds glyphosate and acetamiprid to have relatively low toxicity for honey bees
(Entomological Society of America) Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and Mississippi State University found the herbicide glyphosate and the neonicotinoid acetamiprid to have low toxicity levels for honey bees under actual field conditions. They also found sulfoxaflor to be near the middle in terms of toxicity when compared to other chemicals.

Smithsonian scientists say vines strangle carbon storage in tropical forests
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Although useful to Tarzan, vines endanger tropical forests' capacity to store carbon. In a major experimental study in Panama, Smithsonian researchers showed that woody vines, or lianas, slow tropical forest tree growth and may even cause premature tree death. Lianas reduced aboveground carbon uptake by more than three-quarters, threatening the forests' ability to buffer climate change.

Farmers' responses to crises key to informing effective food security policy
(University of East Anglia) A better understanding of how farmers in developing countries cope in times of stress is needed if funding to support food security is to be used effectively, according to an academic at the University of East Anglia.

Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse
(University of Adelaide) A world-first global analysis of marine responses to climbing human CO2 emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems.

Establishment of systems metabolic engineering strategies to develop microbial strains
(The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee and Dr. Hyun Uk Kim, both from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, have recently suggested ten general strategies of systems metabolic engineering to successfully develop industrial microbial strains.

New study provides key insights into aspirin's disease-fighting abilities
(Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research) Researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute have found a new explanation for how aspirin works in the body to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Aspirin's active form, salicylic acid, blocks a protein called HMGB1, which triggers inflammation in damaged tissues. The new findings may explain the disease-preventing effects of a low-dose aspirin regimen and offer hope that more effective aspirin-like drugs may be developed for a wide variety of diseases.

Threat posed by 'pollen thief' bees uncovered
(University of Stirling) A new University of Stirling study has uncovered the secrets of 'pollen thief' bees -- which take pollen from flowers but fail to act as effective pollinators -- and the threat they pose to certain plant species.

The 6th Kobe University Brussels European Centre Symposium
(Kobe University) Every year Kobe University Brussels European Centre holds a symposium aiming to introduce the latest research results and applications in natural and social sciences from Japanese universities and partner institutions in Europe. The annual symposia have been an important occasion for researchers and policy makers to envisage future collaboration for the benefit of society at large.

Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril
(University of Exeter) A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans.

Plant biosensor could help African farmers fight parasitic 'witchweed'
(University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering) Striga, also known as witchweed, is a parasitic plant that affects 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers from the University of Toronto have made a discovery that could lead to more effective ways to protect farmers' crops.

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