Soil & Groundwater Newsletter
January 20, 2011

This Week�s Featured News Stories
India-UK fund to boost agro-innovation in Africa and Asia
The Indian and UK governments are tapping into agricultural innovation outside the traditional international development community with the launch of a £20 million (US$32 million) programme for food security.  Sustainable Crop Production Research for International Development (SCPRID) will allow scientists to research stressors, ranging from pests to climate change, on five key crops — cassava, maize, rice, sorghum and wheat — with a view to boosting sustainable crop yields.  Brian Harris, head of the agriculture and food sector of the UK Biotechnology and Biological ...
USGS Undertakes Additional Studies of Reef Damage in Gulf of Mexico to Assess Cause
A team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and academic scientists are analyzing samples of coral and surrounding sediments from an area damaged near the Deepwater Horizon site in the Gulf of Mexico. These samples, collected in December, are being used to investigate how and why the corals on these reefs died.  The cruise revisited MC 338, the site where dead and dying coral were found covered by an unknown brown substance in November 2010. USGS ecologist Amanda Demopoulos, Ph.D., collected samples of animals living on the seafloor as part of an expedition led by Penn State University professor ...
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