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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awards $2.3M for plant disease resistance

September 15, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. Sept. 15, 2015 — The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded $2.3M to the Two Blades Foundation (2Blades), a charitable organization that supports the development of durable disease resistance in crop plants and their deployment in agriculture.

Four well-recognized research teams will investigate plant immunity in the ...

37 innovative seafood companies to pitch at Fish 2.0 finals

Fish 2.0 September 14, 2015

Fish 2.0 today revealed the 37 companies—winnowed from an initial pool of 170 entrants—that will pitch to investors at the seafood business competition’s final event Nov. 10–11 at Stanford University. The group stands out for its business strength, geographic range, and diverse approaches to addressing seafood market opportunities and advancing ...

Fourth wheat gene is key to flowering and climate adaptation

September 4, 2015

In the game of wheat genetics, Jorge Dubcovsky's laboratory at UC Davis has hit a grand slam, unveiling for the fourth time in a dozen years a gene that governs wheat vernalization, the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation.

Identification of the newly characterized VRN-D4 gene and ...

MOTHS! Stunning winged wonders of Madidi uncovered

September 3, 2015
New York--WCS has released a stunning gallery of images of some of the moths uncovered by the groundbreaking Bolivian scientific expedition, Identidad Madidi. A staggering 10,000 species of moths may live in Madidi National Park – considered the most biodiverse protected area on the planet. The moths were found ...

Decade-long Amazon rainforest burn yields new insight into wildfire vulnerabilities, resiliencies

September 2, 2015

With partial support from the Moore Foundation through a grant to Woods Hole Research Center, scientists have just published new fire research findings in BioScience, resulting ​from "the longest and largest controlled burn experiment ever conducted in the Amazon rainforest." The authors show that repeated fires--especially during drought years--have far ...

Biodiversity expedition in Madidi National Park discovers new frog species

By Stephen Sautner Wildlife Conservation Society August 20, 2015

Earlier this summer, the Government of Bolivia announced the launch of an 18-month scientific expedition with the Wildlife Conservation Society--supported in part by the Moore Foundation--to explore Madidi National Park and document its biodiversity. Today, WCS is announcing the discovery of a previously unknown species of robber frog. 

Read an article about the ...

National Quality Forum outlines strategies to make healthcare data more transparent and usable

August 6, 2015

Washington, DC— The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released a white paper and infographic (PDF) outlining strategies to help make health data and analytics more meaningful, usable, and available in real time for providers and consumers. The project distills the recommendations of public- and private-sector leaders who convened to ...

Computer algorithm can forecast patients' deadly sepsis

August 5, 2015

For a patient with sepsis – which kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast and prostate cancer combined – hours can make the difference between life and death.

The quest for early diagnosis of this life-threatening condition now takes a step forward, as Johns Hopkins University researchers report ...

Researchers find a web-based patient-centered toolkit helps improve patient-provider communication

August 3, 2015

Health care organizations have been implementing health information technology at increasing rates in an effort to engage patients and caregivers improve patient satisfaction, and favorably impact outcomes.  A new study led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) finds that a novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) used by patients ...

7 keys for managing fragile ocean ecosystems

July 24, 2015

Human impacts can lead to significant, sometimes rapid, changes in how marine ecosystems function — changes that can affect which species and habitats are dominant in an area, how ecosystems work and how productive they are, and what benefits they provide to people. 

For example, when people hunt otters to ...

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