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So long lithium, hello bacteria batteries?


As renewable energy sources grow, so does the demand for new ways to store the resulting energy at low-cost and in environmentally friendly ways. Now scientists report in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters a first-of-its-kind development toward that goal: a rechargeable ...


Three patents available for biosynthesis of pyrethrins


Wageningen scientists have discovered the refined way in which the pyrethrum plant protects its seedlings against insect damage, fungi and competition from other seedlings. They isolated the various genes for the production of natural pyrethrins, the most familiar and commonly used biopesticides ...


Making Europe less dependent on protein import


The European Union aims to make the animal feed industry in Europe less dependent on plant protein imports from North and South America. Wageningen UR is studying the opportunities for new protein sources such as algae, beet greens and rape oil. It is also performing tests for the further ...


First South American plant for purifying soils contaminated with zinc and cadmium


Scientists from Wageningen (NL) and Lavras (Brazil) have found the first South American plant that can be used for purifying South American soils contaminated with the heavy metals zinc and cadmium. Native plants are strongly preferred over exotic plants for this purpose as they reduce the risk ...


A pentavalent inhibitor for cholera toxin


Research reports the first pentavalent inhibitor for cholera toxin that exactly matches the pentavalent structure of the cholera toxin binding domain. Cholera still represents a serious health problem in areas of the developing world where there is a lack of clean water and proper sanitation. It ...


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More carbon dioxide leads to less clouds

A new feedback mechanism operating between vegetation and cloud formation could enhance the climate change


The warmer the air, the more water can evaporate: a simple relationship familiar to us from everyday life. Researchers from Germany and the Netherlands have now established that this is not always the case: although an increase in the greenhouse gas CO2 makes the climate warmer, it also allows ...


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