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Smoking out blackgrass seeds
12 September 2016

Blackgrass is a problem weed in UK agriculture, but a new technique may help farmers to combat its resistance to herbicides. Application of a smoke particle solution called 'smokewater' has been found to cause blackgrass seeds to germinate early, becoming vulnerable to certain herbicides which they would normally evade.

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Birds get the green (and red) light
10 September 2016

Japanese quail grow and breed best under green and red lighting. An important bird in the poultry industry, quail thrive better under these conditions than in white and blue light, according to recent research carried out at Banaras Hindu University, India.

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SEB Animal Symposium review
31 August 2016

Read a review of the 2016 SEB Animal Symposium.

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Drought tolerance in maize through altered root system architecture
29 August 2016

Under drought conditions, the hypothetical steep, cheap and deep ideotype of maize would be expected to do best, and in a stand-out paper in Journal of Experimental Botany, Yingzhi Gao and Jonathan Lynch describe critical experiments to demonstrate that this holds true. Frank Hochholdinger puts these findings into context for the non-specialist in his Insight article in the same issue, and reflects on ways in which research on roots can catch up with other areas.