Fact of the week

  • Warmer spring leads to less plant growth in summer

    October 11, 2018

    rows of young wheat field in sunny day

    Vienna University of Technology – Climate change influences plant growth, with springtime growth beginning earlier each year. Up to now, it was thought that this phenomenon was slowing climate change, as scientists believed this process led to more carbon being absorbed from the atmosphere for photosynthesis and more biomass production. However, as evaluations of satellite […]

  • ‘Turbocharging’ photosynthesis in corn hikes yield

    October 4, 2018

    Cornell University – Scientists from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Cornell University have boosted a carbon-craving enzyme called RuBisCO to turbocharge photosynthesis in corn. The discovery promises to be a key step in improving agricultural efficiency and yield, according to new research in Nature Plants, Oct. 1. Increased RuBisCO assists corn’s biological machinery used during […]

  • Soil a key factor in climate change fight

    September 20, 2018

    Closeup of a plowed field, fertile, black soil.

    Michigan State University – Food production doesn’t have to be a victim of climate change. New research from Michigan State University suggests that crop yields and the global food supply chain can be preserved by harnessing the critical, and often overlooked, partner in food supply – soil. The research, led by MSU Foundation Professor Bruno […]

  • Assessing frost damage on crops

    September 13, 2018

    Manitoba Agriculture – When frost occurs, the information below will give you some details to help assess any potential impact to crop yield and quality. The full impact of frost will not be obvious immediately. Several warm days may be required for the extent of leaf and crop damage to be evident. The magnitude of […]

  • Climate change increases prevalence of harmful parasite

    September 6, 2018

    University of Bristol – Cattle or sheep grazing on pastures where the parasite is present can become infected with liver fluke, which develops in the liver of infected animals, leading to a disease called fascioliasis. Current estimates suggest liver fluke contributes to around £300 million annually in lost productivity across UK farms and $3 billion […]

  • B.C. to expect extended fire season

    August 30, 2018

    The 2018 autumn forecast for Canada from U.S. firm AccuWeather calls for the active wildfire season seen this summer across British Columbia to continue into the fall. “High fire danger (is) likely to linger through early fall across much of Western Canada with smoke continuing to be an issue, especially from southern British Columbia through […]

  • The surprising winner of a prolonged drought

    August 23, 2018

    University of Washington – The Carrizo Plain National Monument is a little-known ecological hotspot in Southern California. Though small, it explodes in wildflowers each spring and is full of threatened or endangered species. A long-term study led by the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley tracked how hundreds of species in this […]

  • To the sun, and all points in between

    August 16, 2018

    Reuters – NASA launched a space probe early Sunday, August 12, that will go closer to the Sun than any spacecraft before, the agency announced. The craft will endure extreme heat while zooming through the solar corona to study the Sun’s outer atmosphere that gives rise to the solar winds. The Parker Solar Probe, a […]

  • What to do in a tornado

    August 9, 2018

    On the evening of Friday, Aug. 3, an F4 tornado touched down in the Alonsa, Manitoba area, and tragically, one man was killed as it tore through the community causing catastrophic damage. Tornadoes often form very quickly so it’s important to know what to do in the event a tornado is in your area. So, […]

  • Earth’s soil ‘breathing’ more heavily as temperatures rise

    August 2, 2018

    DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – The vast reservoir of carbon stored beneath our feet is entering Earth’s atmosphere at an increasing rate, most likely as a result of warming temperatures, suggest observations collected from a variety of the Earth’s many ecosystems. Blame microbes and how they react to warmer temperatures. Their food of choice – […]




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