Summary: The science, art or practice of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock .

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  1. Wilson A. Diverse applications of electronic-nose technologies in agriculture and forestry. Sensors (Basel). 2013;13:2295-348 pubmed publisher
    ..types of aroma-sensor technologies, have been developed for a diversity of applications in the broad fields of agriculture and forestry...
  2. Sayer J, Sunderland T, Ghazoul J, Pfund J, Sheil D, Meijaard E, et al. Ten principles for a landscape approach to reconciling agriculture, conservation, and other competing land uses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110:8349-56 pubmed publisher
    ..for allocating and managing land to achieve social, economic, and environmental objectives in areas where agriculture, mining, and other productive land uses compete with environmental and biodiversity goals...
  3. Cota Arriola O, Cortez Rocha M, Burgos Hernandez A, Ezquerra Brauer J, Plascencia Jatomea M. Controlled release matrices and micro/nanoparticles of chitosan with antimicrobial potential: development of new strategies for microbial control in agriculture. J Sci Food Agric. 2013;93:1525-36 pubmed publisher the development of chitosan-based matrices for the controlled release of active compounds in areas such as agriculture and food for the control of viruses, bacteria and fungi, which is one of the least exploited areas and holds ..
  4. Maes W, Steppe K. Estimating evapotranspiration and drought stress with ground-based thermal remote sensing in agriculture: a review. J Exp Bot. 2012;63:4671-712 pubmed publisher
    ..This paper reviews its application in agriculture. The review consists of four parts. First, the basics of thermal remote sensing are briefly reviewed...
  5. Wilcove D, Giam X, Edwards D, Fisher B, Koh L. Navjot's nightmare revisited: logging, agriculture, and biodiversity in Southeast Asia. Trends Ecol Evol. 2013;28:531-40 pubmed publisher
  6. Depoorter P, Persoons D, Uyttendaele M, Butaye P, De Zutter L, Dierick K, et al. Assessment of human exposure to 3rd generation cephalosporin resistant E. coli (CREC) through consumption of broiler meat in Belgium. Int J Food Microbiol. 2012;159:30-8 pubmed publisher
    ..coli to the human intestinal bacteria and data on the further consequences of the presence of CREC on human health. ..
  7. Morris C, Monteil C, Berge O. The life history of Pseudomonas syringae: linking agriculture to earth system processes. Annu Rev Phytopathol. 2013;51:85-104 pubmed publisher
    ..continents, and the planet and that confronts the implication of roles that are potentially conflicting for agriculture (as a plant pathogen and as an actor in processes leading to rain and snowfall)...
  8. Alvarez Ayuso E, Otones V, Murciego A, Garcia Sanchez A, Regina I. Antimony, arsenic and lead distribution in soils and plants of an agricultural area impacted by former mining activities. Sci Total Environ. 2012;439:35-43 pubmed publisher
    ..Of the spontaneously growing plants, Dactylis glomerata L. shows a relatively high root Pb accumulation and a very low Pb translocation, suggesting its feasibility to be used in Pb phytostabilization strategies...
  9. Boykin L, Bell C, Evans G, Small I, DE Barro P. Is agriculture driving the diversification of the Bemisia tabaci species complex (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Aleyrodidae)?: Dating, diversification and biogeographic evidence revealed. BMC Evol Biol. 2013;13:228 pubmed publisher
    ..The global homogenisation of agriculture has supported the range expansion of numerous insect pests and has been driven in part by human-assisted ..

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  1. Kennedy C, Lonsdorf E, Neel M, Williams N, Ricketts T, Winfree R, et al. A global quantitative synthesis of local and landscape effects on wild bee pollinators in agroecosystems. Ecol Lett. 2013;16:584-99 pubmed publisher
    ..Our synthesis reveals that pollinator persistence will depend on both the maintenance of high-quality habitats around farms and on local management practices that may offset impacts of intensive monoculture agriculture.
  2. Gelfand I, Sahajpal R, Zhang X, Izaurralde R, Gross K, Robertson G. Sustainable bioenergy production from marginal lands in the US Midwest. Nature. 2013;493:514-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Other regional-scale aspects of biofuel sustainability, such as water quality and biodiversity, await future study. ..
  3. Nepstad D, Boyd W, Stickler C, Bezerra T, Azevedo A. Responding to climate change and the global land crisis: REDD+, market transformation and low-emissions rural development. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2013;368:20120167 pubmed publisher
    ..We illustrate this potential with the case of Mato Grosso State in the Brazilian Amazon...
  4. Sachdev D, Cameotra S. Biosurfactants in agriculture. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2013;97:1005-16 pubmed publisher
    ..Use of green compounds to achieve the sustainable agriculture is the present necessity...
  5. Fierer N, Ladau J, Clemente J, Leff J, Owens S, Pollard K, et al. Reconstructing the microbial diversity and function of pre-agricultural tallgrass prairie soils in the United States. Science. 2013;342:621-4 pubmed publisher
  6. van Heerwaarden J, Ortega Del Vecchyo D, Alvarez Buylla E, Bellon M. New genes in traditional seed systems: diffusion, detectability and persistence of transgenes in a maize metapopulation. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e46123 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results have important implications concerning the feasibility of long term transgene monitoring and control in traditional seed systems...
  7. Futagawa M, Iwasaki T, Murata H, Ishida M, Sawada K. A miniature integrated multimodal sensor for measuring pH, EC and temperature for precision agriculture. Sensors (Basel). 2012;12:8338-54 pubmed publisher
    ..In addition, because the conditions at different locations in plant beds differ, in situ measurements in agriculture need to be done in small localized areas...
  8. Koutros S, Beane Freeman L, Lubin J, Heltshe S, Andreotti G, Barry K, et al. Risk of total and aggressive prostate cancer and pesticide use in the Agricultural Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2013;177:59-74 pubmed publisher
    ..Furthermore, this is the first time specific pesticides are implicated as risk factors for aggressive prostate cancer. ..
  9. Jacobsen C, Hjelmsø M. Agricultural soils, pesticides and microbial diversity. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2014;27:15-20 pubmed publisher
    ..The second example is devoted to pesticides influencing microbial community structures. The emergence of high throughput sequencing techniques now allows a more detailed analysis of which bacterial species are influenced. ..
  10. Quandt S, Kucera K, Haynes C, Klein B, Langley R, Agnew M, et al. Occupational health outcomes for workers in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector: implications for immigrant workers in the southeastern US. Am J Ind Med. 2013;56:940-59 pubmed publisher
    Workers in the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (AgFF) sector experience exposures directly related to the work itself, as well as the physical environment in which the work occurs...
  11. Coman A, Maftei D, Krueger W, Heil G, Friary J, Cherecheş R, et al. Serological evidence for avian H9N2 influenza virus infections among Romanian agriculture workers. J Infect Public Health. 2013;6:438-47 pubmed publisher
    ..We sought to examine evidence for zoonotic influenza infections among Romanian agriculture workers...
  12. González M, Lopez S, Mullens B, Baldet T, Goldarazena A. A survey of Culicoides developmental sites on a farm in northern Spain, with a brief review of immature habitats of European species. Vet Parasitol. 2013;191:81-93 pubmed publisher
    ..The literature on immature habitats of species suspected in BTV transmission in Europe, the Pulicaris group and particularly the Obsoletus group, is briefly reviewed...
  13. Harper K, Armelagos G. Genomics, the origins of agriculture, and our changing microbe-scape: time to revisit some old tales and tell some new ones. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2013;152 Suppl 57:135-52 pubmed publisher
    Though agriculture is often viewed as one of humanity's crowning achievements, skeletal evidence indicates that dependence on domesticated plants and animals was accompanied by an increase in infectious disease...
  14. Stickler C, Nepstad D, Azevedo A, McGrath D. Defending public interests in private lands: compliance, costs and potential environmental consequences of the Brazilian Forest Code in Mato Grosso. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2013;368:20120160 pubmed publisher
  15. D Souza M, Karkada S, Somayaji G. Factors associated with health-related quality of life among Indian women in mining and agriculture. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2013;11:9 pubmed publisher
    ..This should be an essential part of the nursing process for facilitating adaptive process for improved health related quality of life. ..
  16. Rachid C, Piccolo M, Leite D, Balieiro F, Coutinho H, van Elsas J, et al. Physical-chemical and microbiological changes in Cerrado Soil under differing sugarcane harvest management systems. BMC Microbiol. 2012;12:170 pubmed publisher
    ..The soil bacterial community structure (including an evaluation of the diversity of the ammonia oxidizing (amoA) and denitrifying (nirK) genes), greenhouse gas flow and several soil physicochemical properties were evaluated...
  17. Vermeulen S, Challinor A, Thornton P, Campbell B, Eriyagama N, Vervoort J, et al. Addressing uncertainty in adaptation planning for agriculture. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110:8357-62 pubmed publisher
    ..We also find that extreme events are important in determining predictability across a broad range of timescales. The results demonstrate the potential for robust knowledge and actions in the face of uncertainty. ..
  18. Niu L, Yang F, Xu C, Yang H, Liu W. Status of metal accumulation in farmland soils across China: from distribution to risk assessment. Environ Pollut. 2013;176:55-62 pubmed publisher
    ..Hence, except for Cd, the metals in Chinese arable soils are comparatively safe. Results from this study may provide valuable information for agricultural soil management in China. ..
  19. Simopoulos A, Bourne P, Faergeman O. Bellagio report on healthy agriculture, healthy nutrition, healthy people. Nutrients. 2013;5:411-23 pubmed publisher
    The Bellagio Report on Healthy Agriculture, Healthy Nutrition, Healthy People is the result of the meeting held at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy, 29 October-2 November 2012...
  20. Graeber D, Gelbrecht J, Pusch M, Anlanger C, von Schiller D. Agriculture has changed the amount and composition of dissolved organic matter in Central European headwater streams. Sci Total Environ. 2012;438:435-46 pubmed publisher
    ..These altered fluxes may affect ecosystem metabolism and health of agricultural headwaters and downstream situated aquatic ecosystems. ..
  21. Allan E, Bossdorf O, Dormann C, Prati D, Gossner M, Tscharntke T, et al. Interannual variation in land-use intensity enhances grassland multidiversity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014;111:308-13 pubmed publisher
    ..In addition to decreasing overall LUI, we suggest varying LUI across years as a complementary strategy to promote biodiversity conservation. ..
  22. Shen J, Li C, Mi G, Li L, Yuan L, Jiang R, et al. Maximizing root/rhizosphere efficiency to improve crop productivity and nutrient use efficiency in intensive agriculture of China. J Exp Bot. 2013;64:1181-92 pubmed publisher
  23. Lu Y, Jiao Z, Wu K. Early season host plants of Apolygus lucorum (Heteroptera: Miridae) in northern China. J Econ Entomol. 2012;105:1603-11 pubmed
    ..lucorum. The results of this study provide useful information about the early season host range of A. lucorum, which can be used to develop effective strategies to control the pest before its dispersal to cotton fields...
  24. Liebman A, WIGGINS M, Fraser C, Levin J, Sidebottom J, Arcury T. Occupational health policy and immigrant workers in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector. Am J Ind Med. 2013;56:975-84 pubmed publisher
    ..A systematic policy approach to strengthen occupational safety and health in the AgFF sector must address both immigration policy and worker protection regulations. ..
  25. Xiaojun N, Jianhui Z, Zhengan S. Dynamics of soil organic carbon and microbial biomass carbon in relation to water erosion and tillage erosion. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e64059 pubmed publisher
  26. Qiu J, Turner M. Spatial interactions among ecosystem services in an urbanizing agricultural watershed. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110:12149-54 pubmed publisher
    ..Overall, we found that different areas of the landscape supplied different suites of ecosystem services, and their lack of spatial concordance suggests the importance of managing over large areas to sustain multiple ecosystem services. ..
  27. Basurko C, Demattei C, Han Sze R, Grenier C, Joubert M, Nacher M, et al. Deforestation, agriculture and farm jobs: a good recipe for Plasmodium vivax in French Guiana. Malar J. 2013;12:90 pubmed publisher
    ..due to local agricultural policies: deforestation, cultures of fresh produce, or drainage of water for agriculture. This study allowed generating behavioural, entomological, or environmental hypotheses that could be useful to ..
  28. Tual S, Clin B, Levêque Morlais N, Raherison C, Baldi I, Lebailly P. Agricultural exposures and chronic bronchitis: findings from the AGRICAN (AGRIculture and CANcer) cohort. Ann Epidemiol. 2013;23:539-45 pubmed publisher
    ..the role of a large range of farming activities on the risk of CB in the French agricultural cohort AGRICAN (AGRIculture and CANcer)...
  29. Shennan S, Downey S, Timpson A, Edinborough K, Colledge S, Kerig T, et al. Regional population collapse followed initial agriculture booms in mid-Holocene Europe. Nat Commun. 2013;4:2486 pubmed publisher
    Following its initial arrival in SE Europe 8,500 years ago agriculture spread throughout the continent, changing food production and consumption patterns and increasing population densities...
  30. Rodrigues J, Pellizari V, Mueller R, Baek K, Jesus E, Paula F, et al. Conversion of the Amazon rainforest to agriculture results in biotic homogenization of soil bacterial communities. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110:988-93 pubmed publisher
  31. Maley J, Giresse P, Doumenge C, Favier C. Comment on "Intensifying weathering and land use in Iron Age Central Africa". Science. 2012;337:1040; author reply 1040 pubmed publisher
    ..However, there is a consensus among palaeoecologists that this landscape change and the related physical erosion it caused was due mainly to a shift to more seasonal rainfall regime...
  32. Neumann K, Eggert M, Oslisly R, Clist B, Denham T, de Maret P, et al. Comment on "Intensifying weathering and land use in Iron Age Central Africa". Science. 2012;337:1040; author reply 1040 pubmed publisher
    ..P.). We argue that there is no terrestrial evidence for forest destruction by humans and that the third millennium B.P. rainforest crisis can be clearly attributed mostly to climatic change...
  33. Bateman I, Harwood A, Mace G, Watson R, Abson D, Andrews B, et al. Bringing ecosystem services into economic decision-making: land use in the United Kingdom. Science. 2013;341:45-50 pubmed publisher
    ..We show that, although decisions that focus solely on agriculture reduce overall ecosystem service values, highly significant value increases can be obtained from targeted ..
  34. Bartl K, Verones F, Hellweg S. Life cycle assessment based evaluation of regional impacts from agricultural production at the Peruvian coast. Environ Sci Technol. 2012;46:9872-80 pubmed publisher
    Crop and technology choices in agriculture, which largely define the impact of agricultural production on the environment, should be considered in agricultural development planning...
  35. Al Abdallah W, Dahman Y. Production of green biocellulose nanofibers by Gluconacetobacter xylinus through utilizing the renewable resources of agriculture residues. Bioprocess Biosyst Eng. 2013;36:1735-43 pubmed publisher demonstrates the ability to produce green biocellulose nanofibers using the renewable resources of agriculture residues. Locally grown wheat straws (WS) were hydrolyzed under different conditions...
  36. van Kessel C, Venterea R, Six J, Adviento Borbe M, Linquist B, van Groenigen K. Climate, duration, and N placement determine N2 O emissions in reduced tillage systems: a meta-analysis. Glob Chang Biol. 2013;19:33-44 pubmed publisher
    ..In addition, NT/RT practices need to be sustained for a prolonged time, particularly in dry climates, to become an effective mitigation strategy for reducing N2 O emissions...
  37. Mueller N, Gerber J, Johnston M, Ray D, Ramankutty N, Foley J. Closing yield gaps through nutrient and water management. Nature. 2012;490:254-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Furthermore, we find that there are large opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture by eliminating nutrient overuse, while still allowing an approximately 30% increase in production of major ..
  38. Fritz S, See L, van der Velde M, Nalepa R, Perger C, Schill C, et al. Downgrading recent estimates of land available for biofuel production. Environ Sci Technol. 2013;47:1688-94 pubmed publisher
  39. Pham Duc P, Nguyen Viet H, Hattendorf J, Zinsstag J, Phung Dac C, Zurbrügg C, et al. Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura infections associated with wastewater and human excreta use in agriculture in Vietnam. Parasitol Int. 2013;62:172-80 pubmed publisher
    We assessed the risk of helminth infections in association with the use of wastewater and excreta in agriculture in Hanam province, northern Vietnam...
  40. Dai F, Nevo E, Wu D, Comadran J, Zhou M, Qiu L, et al. Tibet is one of the centers of domestication of cultivated barley. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012;109:16969-73 pubmed publisher
    ..The current results may be highly significant in exploring the elite germplasm for barley breeding, especially against cold and drought stresses. ..
  41. Boyd L, Ridout C, O Sullivan D, Leach J, Leung H. Plant-pathogen interactions: disease resistance in modern agriculture. Trends Genet. 2013;29:233-40 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, we review these recent advances and progress towards the ultimate goal of developing disease-resistant crops. ..
  42. Bommarco R, Kleijn D, Potts S. Ecological intensification: harnessing ecosystem services for food security. Trends Ecol Evol. 2013;28:230-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Research efforts and investments are particularly needed to reduce existing yield gaps by integrating context-appropriate bundles of ecosystem services into crop production systems. ..
  43. Ruel M, Alderman H. Nutrition-sensitive interventions and programmes: how can they help to accelerate progress in improving maternal and child nutrition?. Lancet. 2013;382:536-51 pubmed publisher
    ..We reviewed evidence of nutritional effects of programmes in four sectors--agriculture, social safety nets, early child development, and schooling...
  44. Crowder D, Dykstra E, Brauner J, Duffy A, Reed C, Martin E, et al. West nile virus prevalence across landscapes is mediated by local effects of agriculture on vector and host communities. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e55006 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, orchard habitats benefitted WNV vectors and reservoir hosts locally, creating focal points for the transmission of WNV at landscape scales in the presence of suitable climatic conditions...
  45. Li D, Watson C, Yan M, Lalor S, Rafique R, Hyde B, et al. A review of nitrous oxide mitigation by farm nitrogen management in temperate grassland-based agriculture. J Environ Manage. 2013;128:893-903 pubmed publisher
    Nitrous oxide (N2O) emission from grassland-based agriculture is an important source of atmospheric N2O...
  46. Tombre I, Eythorsson E, Madsen J. Towards a solution to the goose-agriculture conflict in North Norway, 1988-2012: the interplay between policy, stakeholder influence and goose population dynamics. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e71912 pubmed publisher and wildlife authorities which led to an agricultural subsidy scheme to alleviate conflicts between agriculture and geese in Norway...
  47. Ray D, Ramankutty N, Mueller N, West P, Foley J. Recent patterns of crop yield growth and stagnation. Nat Commun. 2012;3:1293 pubmed publisher
    ..rising meat and dairy consumption and expanding biofuel use will dramatically increase the pressure on global agriculture. Even as we face these future burdens, there have been scattered reports of yield stagnation in the world's ..
  48. Riehl S, Zeidi M, Conard N. Emergence of agriculture in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains of Iran. Science. 2013;341:65-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Around 9800 calendar years before the present, domesticated-type emmer appears. The archaeobotanical remains from Chogha Golan represent the earliest record of long-term plant management in Iran. ..
  49. Harrup L, Purse B, Golding N, Mellor P, Carpenter S. Larval development and emergence sites of farm-associated Culicoides in the United Kingdom. Med Vet Entomol. 2013;27:441-9 pubmed publisher
    ..If consistent across species and locations, this observation represents a potential source of error for age structure analyses of Culicoides populations. ..
  50. Paustian K, Lehmann J, Ogle S, Reay D, Robertson G, Smith P. Climate-smart soils. Nature. 2016;532:49-57 pubmed publisher
  51. Li Y, Schichtel B, Walker J, Schwede D, Chen X, Lehmann C, et al. Increasing importance of deposition of reduced nitrogen in the United States. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016;113:5874-9 pubmed publisher
    Rapid development of agriculture and fossil fuel combustion greatly increased US reactive nitrogen emissions to the atmosphere in the second half of the 20th century, resulting in excess nitrogen deposition to natural ecosystems...
  52. Squalli J. The environmental impact of obesity: longitudinal evidence from the United States. Public Health. 2017;149:89-98 pubmed publisher
    ..Various policy measures are discussed. ..
  53. Khorram M, Lin D, Zhang Q, Zheng Y, Fang H, Yu Y. Effects of aging process on adsorption-desorption and bioavailability of fomesafen in an agricultural soil amended with rice hull biochar. J Environ Sci (China). 2017;56:180-191 pubmed publisher
    ..Nevertheless, rice hull biochar was effective for sequestering fomesafen as the adsorption capacity of biochar amended soil after 6months of aging was still 2.5-5 times higher compared to that of unamended soil. ..