Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

Feb 11, 2017

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

Small drones coated with horsehair and a sticky gel could one day help pollinate crops and offset the costly loss of bee populations worldwide, researchers in Japan say. The miniature robots, described in the journal Chem, are a long way from being deployed in ...

Japan farm exports hit record-high ¥750.3 billion

Feb 10, 2017

Japan farm exports hit record-high ¥750.3 billion

Japan’s exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products in 2016 grew 0.7 percent from the previous year to ¥750.3 billion, hitting a record high for the fourth straight year, a preliminary government report showed Friday. The growth was attributed to brisk shipments of grapes ...

Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'

Feb 3, 2017

Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'

A wing-deforming virus shortens the life span of wild honeybees already contending with a startlingly long list of existential threats, researchers said Wednesday. Spread by microscopic mites, the microbe disrupts bees’ foraging and curtails their lives, experiments confirmed for the first time. “Deformed wing ...

Corn turning French hamsters into deranged cannibals: research

Jan 29, 2017

Corn turning French hamsters into deranged cannibals: research

A diet of corn is turning wild hamsters in northeastern France into deranged cannibals that devour their offspring, alarmed researchers have reported. “There’s clearly an imbalance,” said Gerard Baumgart, president of the Research Centre for Environmental Protection in Alsace, and an expert on the ...

Scientists turn to genes to put taste back into tomatoes

Jan 27, 2017

Scientists turn to genes to put taste back into tomatoes

Bite into a supermarket tomato and you may notice something missing: taste. Scientists think they can put the yum back into the grocery tomato by tinkering with its genetic recipe. Researchers are reinstalling five long-lost genetic traits that add much of the sweet-yet-acidic taste ...