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All eyes have been on the state's hog farms, while its poultry operations have quietly tripled in number over the past two decades with...

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Eucalyptus trees can be genetically modified not to invade native ecosystems

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Key mechanism in the plant defense against fungal infections

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Plants get a brace to precisely shed flowers and leaves

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The same few industrial facilities emit majority of toxic pollution year after year

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How fungi helped create life as we know it

Today our world is visually dominated by animals and plants, but this world would not have been possible without fungi, say scientists.

Florida python hunters may have a new tool

Researchers have published a first- of-its-kind study that shows that near-infrared (NIR) spectrum cameras can help python hunters more effectively track down these invasive...

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