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  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 23-29, 2020

    05/23/2020 7:34:43 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 106 replies
    May 23, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Brewing beer may be an older craft than we realized in some places

    05/21/2020 7:06:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Science News ^ | May 7, 2020 | Maria Temming
    Microscopic signatures of malting could help reveal which prehistoric people had a taste for beer. Ancient beer is difficult to trace, because many of beer’s chemical ingredients, like alcohol, don’t preserve well (SN: 9/28/04). But a new analysis of modern and ancient malted grain indicates that malting’s effects on grain cell structure can last millennia. This microscopic evidence could help fill in the archaeological record of beer consumption, providing insight into the social, ritual and dietary roles this drink played in prehistoric cultures, researchers report online May 7 in PLOS ONE. Malting, the first step in brewing beer, erodes cell...
  • Gardening Essentials - Peat Moss

    05/21/2020 11:51:33 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 20 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | May 8, 2020 | The How Do Gardener
    Peat Moss. Learn what it is, why it is used in gardening, and if it is sustainable...WATCH THE VIDEO
  • Long Frozen DNA Shows How Humans Made Horses Faster - and

    04/28/2017 4:23:08 PM PDT · by SteveH · 58 replies
    The WaPo ^ | April 27 2017 | Ben Guarino
    At some point in the past two millennia — peanuts on an evolutionary time scale — humans transformed their horses into equine speed demons. Selective breeding had a price, though, beyond $30,000 vials of pedigreed racehorse sperm. Unhelpful mutations plagued the animals. The current population of domesticated horses is about 55 million, but at some point in their history, their genetic diversity crashed. The Y chromosomes of all the world's stallions are now quite similar, suggesting that only a relatively few males were the ancestors of today's horses. Humans have not always bred so selectively, according to a study published...
  • How did the plague reshape Bronze Age Europe?

    05/20/2020 9:37:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | December 3, 2019 | Anthony King
    ...Prof. Haak will also try to detect more plague DNA in hundreds of skeletons from the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age. So far, DNA evidence from a dozen skeletons points to little variability between the strains of Yersinia pestis in such remains, suggesting that the pestilence spread rapidly across the continent. The speed may owe to another human advance at this time -- the domestication of wild horses, which may literally have carried the disease into Europe. "We see the change from wild local horses to domesticated horses, which happened rapidly at the beginning of the Bronze Age," said...
  • New technique delivers complete DNA sequences of chromosomes inherited from mother and father

    05/19/2020 9:31:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    University of Adelaide ^ | May 7 2020 | Cathy Parker
    An international team of scientists led by the University of Adelaide's Davies Research Centre has shown that it is possible to disentangle the DNA sequences of the chromosomes inherited from the mother and the father, to create true diploid genomes from a single individual. In a report published in Nature Communications, and funded by the Davies Research Centre over the past 15 years, the researchers have shown that genomes of two important modern-day cattle breeds, Angus (Bos taurus taurus) and Brahman (Bos taurus indicus), can be completely decoded from a single hybrid individual carrying the genetics of both breeds, using...
  • Neanderthals Made Leather-Working Tools from Bison and Aurochs Ribs

    05/19/2020 9:42:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Science News ^ | May 11, 2020 | News Staff / Source
    Neanderthals selected rib bones from specific animals to make the lissoirs (French for 'smoothers'), which are bone tools that have been intentionally shaped and used on animal hides to make them softer and more water resistant, according to new research led by paleoanthropologists from the University of California, Davis. Scientists know that some Neanderthals produced bone tools. These include the discovery of five nearly identical fragments of lissoirs from two Paleolithic sites in southwest France: Pech-de-l'Azé I (Pech I) and Abri Peyrony. These specialized tools are often worn so smooth that it's impossible to tell which animal they came from...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 16-22, 2020

    05/16/2020 7:11:20 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 71 replies
    May 16, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Most Farmers in the Great Plains Don’t Grow Fruits and Vegetables. The Pandemic is Changing That.

    05/15/2020 9:27:27 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 47 replies
    Civil Eats ^ | 5-12-2020 | Daphne Miller
    On a recent Thursday, a group of farmers from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska hosted a remote agriculture happy hour. There were a few dozen attendees, and nearly everyone was wearing a cowboy hat. In total, they farm more than 30,000 acres of cropland, most of it planted in soy, corn, or cotton destined for the global commodity market. The happy hour started with presentations about integrating livestock into cropping systems, but then things took a surprising turn: farmers began to discuss how they are feeding their families and communities. “Normally, between me and the consumer there is a gigantic divide...
  • How And Why America’s Food System Is Cracking

    05/14/2020 6:36:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    Before government shut the nation down, Americans ate half their meals outside home. The farmers who served restaurants and cafeterias are dumping meat, veggies, and milk. And it's going to get worse. America’s food system is cracking.People are still eating, farmers are still farming, and grocery stores are still open, but in areas around the country, shoppers looking for meat, milk, and other products find empty shelves and limits on what they can purchase — all while farmers from coast to coast are forced to dump milk, plow up vegetables, and euthanize livestock. So what’s happening, and why?There isn’t a...
  • Federal Judge in Fresno Temporarily Blocks Trump Water Plan [California]

    05/12/2020 11:11:40 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 8 replies
    GVWire ^ | May 12, 2020 | Bill McEwen
    Federal Judge Dale A. Drozd temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s efforts to send more water to Central Valley growers on Monday. Drozd issued a preliminary injunction in two lawsuits brought against the administration by California’s Natural Resources Agency and Environmental Protection Agency and a half-dozen environmental groups. Federal Pumping Can’t Increase During May The order bars the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation until May 31 from increasing water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta through the federal Central Valley Project. The suits argued that the exports would cause irreparable harm to species protected by state and federal law. “Today’s victory...
  • Gardening Essentials | Vermiculite

    05/12/2020 12:51:36 PM PDT · by orsonwb · 20 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | April 20, 2020 | The How Do Gardener
    Vermiculite. Learn what it is, why it is used in gardening, and if it is safe to use. WATCH THE VIDEO...
  • China Slashes Australian Beef, Barley Imports After Warning Against Coronavirus Probe

    05/12/2020 6:45:28 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 28 replies
    Breitbart - Politics ^ | 5-12-2020 | Simon Kent
    China slapped an import ban on four Australian abattoirs Tuesday in an escalation of Beijing’s warning of a consumer boycott in retaliation for Canberra’s push for an independent coronavirus probe. The beef ban comes just days after China flagged plans to slap an 80 percent tariff on Australian barley, bringing the trade to its knees. Analysts said the move raised concerns of a possible standoff between Australia and its most important trading partner that could spill over into other crucial sectors as the world struggles to navigate the disease-induced economic crisis. The Financial Times reports China is Australia’s largest trade...
  • Pandemic food crisis: Texas cattle ranch forced to euthanize livestock

    05/03/2020 2:45:48 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 94 replies
    U- Tub..... 3rd party- Also on Bitchute direct from author ^ | 4/28/2020 | Shad Sullivan North Texas Cattleman/Farmer
    "Hey, everybody- this is Shad Sullivan coming to you from the headwaters of Bitter Creek, Archer County, North Texas. We have to talk! "State officials will be assisting to help identify potential alternative markets, if a producer is unable to move animals, and if neccessary advise and assist on depopulation and disposal methods." L&G.we are plowing under vegetable crops from coast to coast euthanizing millions of chickens. We are aborting sows and burying feeder pigs. We are dumping milk by the hundreds of thousands of gallons. Now they are preparing us to depopulate the fat cattle ready to harvest, because...
  • Smart phone ingredient found in plant extracts

    09/07/2015 8:41:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2015
    HIRSCHFELD, GERMANY - Scientists in Germany have come up with a method for extracting the precious element germanium from plants. The element is a semi-conductor and was used to develop the first transistor because it is able to transport electrical charges extremely quickly. Nowadays, silicon-germanium alloy is indispensable to modern life, crucial in making computers, smartphones and fiber-optic cables. Transparent in infra-red light, germanium is also used in intelligent steering systems and parking sensors for vehicles. Yet although germanium is present in soil all over the world, it is difficult to extract, and most supplies currently come from China. Now...
  • Weekly Garden Thread April 25- May 1, 2020

    04/25/2020 6:49:47 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 155 replies
    April 25, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • TUCKER CARLSON SAYS CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN IS 'PUNISHING' RURAL AMERICA, CALLS IT 'MINDLESS AND CRUEL'

    04/24/2020 9:56:31 PM PDT · by rintintin · 31 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/24/20 | JAMES WALKER
    Tucker Carlson said rural America is being punished by coronavirus lockdowns, calling the restrictions in some states "mindless and cruel" in light of infection numbers. In a monologue on Thursday's edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Fox News Host argued that COVID-19 posed a "miniscule" threat to people in rural states as he highlighted the dire state of unemployment across the country.
  • Pandemic Puts Into Stark Relief Farming Policies That Need Changing

    04/23/2020 9:27:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2020 | Gerard Scimeca
    An empty grocery shelf focuses the mind like nothing else. With COVID-19 disrupting supply chains and triggering higher-than-usual consumer demand, many of us have been shocked to find food staples in short supply. Although these shortages will resolve as supply chains re-boot, the main reason they will self-correct is thanks to the unsung heroes on the frontlines of the nation’s food supply: America’s farmers. While the American economy has ground to a near-halt, farmers are still on the job, producing the vegetables, dairy, grains, meat, sugar beets and cane that bring us not just farm-fresh ingredients, but the many non-perishables...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - April 18-24, 2020

    04/18/2020 5:35:11 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 98 replies
    April 18, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Trump Announces $19 Billion Coronavirus Relief Program For Farmers And Food Producers

    04/17/2020 9:27:23 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 13 replies
    The Department of Agriculture will implement a new $19 billion COVID-19 coronavirus relief plan for food producers that includes direct payments to farmers, as announced by President Trump during the White House briefing on Friday.