Pollinators such as bees, birds and bats affect 35 percent of the world's crop production, increasing the output of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide, finds a new study published Oct. 25 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
and co-authored by a conservation biologist from ESPM.
The study is the first global estimate of crop production that is reliant upon animal pollination. It comes one week after a National Research Council (NRC) report detailed the troubling decline in populations of key North American pollinators, which help spread the pollen needed for fertilization of such crops as fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices and oilseed.
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The John A. Zivnuska Computer Laboratory, is nearing completion at CNR's forestry camp in the Plumas National Forest. The 1,400 square foot cedar structure, built with open-beam log house construction, is expected to be completed in time for summer camp 2007. Alumni and friends are now contributing to the fund to equip the building with computers, geographic information systems, and other technologies.
On Homecoming weekend, Professor Marc Hellerstein presented major themes of his current research in nutritional sciences, including working with complex systems, promising research in ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease), and harnessing the health benefits of caloric restriction and exercise.
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was honored in September at a four-day symposium of the American Chemical Society, at which more than 60 scientific papers were presented on the theme of applying rigorous methods in physical chemistry to understand complex processes in environmental systems, a major thrust in Professor Sposito’s scientific career. Next year, a special issue of the geochemistry journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
will be published in honor of his research accomplishments.