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Mighty American chestnut poised for return to America’s forests

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Revealing Aspergillus diversity for industrial applications

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Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest

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Mid-Mesozoic beetle in amber stirs questions on rise of flowering plants and pollinators

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Want more crop variety? Researchers propose using CRISPR to accelerate plant domestication

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Insects love windthrows

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Magic cover crop carpet?

Organic farmers have to make hard choices between protecting soil from erosion and controlling weeds. For example, large-scale organic farming relies heavily on tillage....

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