New partnership to advance global potato genomics

New partnership to advance global potato genomics

The International Potato Center (CIP) is partnering with Novogene Bioinformatics Technology Co., Ltd. to advance potato genome research.

New technique for mining health-conferring soy compounds

New technique for mining health-conferring soy compounds

ARS molecular biologists have developed a more effective way to extract lunasin from soybean seeds.

CPB is still a huge problem

CPB is still a huge problem

Colorado potato beetle (CPB) has been a challenging pest for potato growers for more than a century.

New options unveiled to unlock full power of canola meal for livestock

New options unveiled to unlock full power of canola meal for livestock

A new era of opportunity has emerged for Canadian canola meal as a premium, highly sought feed ingredient across livestock sectors around the world.

Guelph researchers making plant propagation cheaper and quicker

Guelph researchers making plant propagation cheaper and quicker

Dr. Praveen Saxena and Dr. Max Jones of the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP) are leading work in micro-propagation.

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Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitatio...
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The population explosion...
With the world's population increasing exponentially and farmland staying the same, BASF took to the streets to ask consumers if this trend is sustainable.

Sustainability

Results from a research project led by Thompson Rivers University's Dr. Lauchlan Fraser published in the journal Science recently. The paper lends support to a long-standing but controversial ecological hypothesis. New grasslands study has global reach

July 21, 2015 - Humans depend upon high levels of ecosystem biodiversity, but due to climate change and changes in land use, biodiversity loss is greater now than at any time in human history. Now, thanks to the findings in a recently published paper in Science, the world's leading journal for cutting-edge research, Thompson Rivers University's Dr. Lauchlan Fraser and his co-authors show a link between plant biomass and species richness in grassland ecosystems – the highest diversity is found at intermediate levels of plant biomass. The results of these findings have global ramifications for the management and conservation of biodiversity. In their paper, "Worldwide Evidence of a Unimodal Relationship Between Productivity and Plant Species Richness," Fraser designed the experiment and coordinated the efforts of 62 scientists from 19 countries and six continents. He describes the effort of collecting and analyzing the data as "Herculean." This project is part of "HerbDivNet," a network of scientist studying the relationships between plant biomass production and species diversity. "The project is exciting because it is such a broad international collaboration. We all went into this project on trust, on an idea." Ecosystem productivity, one factor considered responsible for regulating diversity, has long been a subject of debate. This new research is groundbreaking in that it reaffirms a previously held theory of biodiversity, and challenges a four-year-old article in Science that effectively disproved it. "The danger in the earlier paper was that it said there was no pattern. That could have thrown us off and we could have gone down rabbit holes looking for patterns. We wouldn't have come any closer to understanding biodiversity." With such a tremendous dataset to work from, Fraser is confident there are more discoveries to make. "This paper only scratches the surface. There are many more papers that are going to come out of this research and the network of researchers continues to grow," he says.  

Research

Results from a research project led by Thompson Rivers University's Dr. Lauchlan Fraser published in the journal Science recently. The paper lends support to a long-standing but controversial ecological hypothesis. New grasslands study has global reach

July 21, 2015 - Humans depend upon high levels of ecosystem biodiversity, but due to climate change and changes in land use, biodiversity loss is greater now than at any time in human history. Now, thanks to the findings in a recently published paper in Science, the world's leading journal for cutting-edge research, Thompson Rivers University's Dr. Lauchlan Fraser and his co-authors show a link between plant biomass and species richness in grassland ecosystems – the highest diversity is found at intermediate levels of plant biomass. The results of these findings have global ramifications for the management and conservation of biodiversity. In their paper, "Worldwide Evidence of a Unimodal Relationship Between Productivity and Plant Species Richness," Fraser designed the experiment and coordinated the efforts of 62 scientists from 19 countries and six continents. He describes the effort of collecting and analyzing the data as "Herculean." This project is part of "HerbDivNet," a network of scientist studying the relationships between plant biomass production and species diversity. "The project is exciting because it is such a broad international collaboration. We all went into this project on trust, on an idea." Ecosystem productivity, one factor considered responsible for regulating diversity, has long been a subject of debate. This new research is groundbreaking in that it reaffirms a previously held theory of biodiversity, and challenges a four-year-old article in Science that effectively disproved it. "The danger in the earlier paper was that it said there was no pattern. That could have thrown us off and we could have gone down rabbit holes looking for patterns. We wouldn't have come any closer to understanding biodiversity." With such a tremendous dataset to work from, Fraser is confident there are more discoveries to make. "This paper only scratches the surface. There are many more papers that are going to come out of this research and the network of researchers continues to grow," he says.  

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