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Can A Plant Be Altruistic?

Posted: 11/13/2009 - Although plants have the ability to sense and respond to other plants, their ability to recognize kin and act altruistically has been the subject of few studies. The authors explored kin recognition in Impatiens pallida (yellow jewelweed). By moving their resources into leaves, these plants not only positively affected their own growth, but also negatively affected their competitors' growth. This is the first instance where researchers demonstrated that a plant's response to an aboveground cue is dependent upon the presence of a belowground cue.

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BOT Open 11/11

Posted: 11/11/2009 - Agriculture futures jump on Chicago BOT- 11/11

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Rains from Ida Add to Misery for Alabama Farmers

Posted: 11/10/2009 - Rain and wind from Tropical Storm Ida slowed harvest operations for farmers across Alabama and added to what has been a mostly wet and miserable harvest season.

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High-tech farming

Posted: 11/10/2009 - Farmers are using technology to give you better-quality products.

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Recent Weather Not Helping Area Farmers

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Alabama's agriculture commissioner says heavy rains have damaged some Alabama crops and caused poor harvesting conditions.

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Farmer safety during harvest season

Updated: 10/20/2009 - Many crops are being harvested later this year than normal. This puts extra pressure on farmers, increasing their chances of danger.

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Board of Trade Open for 10/20

Updated: 10/20/2009 - CHICAGO (AP) - Agriculture futures were mixed early Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

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