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2013-01-24 23:03:34

Monsanto to evaluate PhaseRx's SMARTT Polymer Technology® for potential agricultural applications. Seattle, WA. (PRWEB) January 24, 2013 PhaseRx, Inc., a privately held RNAi delivery technology company, announced today that it has signed a funded technology evaluation agreement with Monsanto Company for PhaseRx's delivery technologies. Through the agreement, Monsanto will evaluate PhaseRx's SMARTT Polymer Technology® for potential agricultural applications. Terms of the agreement...

There Is A Limit For How Long Plants Can Adapt To Drought
2013-01-23 13:50:15

University of Arizona Plants can adapt their demand for water depending on how much is available - However, this resilience has a limit, and prolonged drought conditions threaten the survival of plant communities, especially in more arid areas Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, and their partners have determined that water demand by many plant communities can fluctuate in response to water availability, indicating a capacity for resilience even when changing...

Amazon Rainforest Under Threat From Climate Change
2013-01-18 06:36:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A megadrought that started in 2005 is still affecting a portion of the Amazon Rainforest twice the size of California, a new study led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) finds. The results of this study, combined with the observed recurrences of droughts every few years and associated damage to forests in both the southern and western Amazon over the past decade, reveal that the rainforest might be showing the initial signs of...

United States Experienced Hottest Year On Record In 2012
2013-01-09 04:04:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A mild winter followed by a long, sweltering summer with widespread drought made 2012 the warmest year on record for the continental United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Tuesday. The average annual U.S. temperature rose to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit last year, one degree warmer than the previous record set in 1998 and 3.2 degrees warmer than the 20th century average, the federal...

Mapping Plant Stress
2012-12-06 18:06:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: The Evaporative Stress Index ] This past summer, American farmers watched helplessly as billions of dollars worth of crops succumbed to drought conditions. In an effort to mitigate the adverse effect of future droughts, scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are looking to measure and track a potential bellwether of crop conditions: plant stress. Healthy plants...


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