Thursday, July 03, 2003

I was all set to celebrate the one year anniversary of bad things with a tedious retrospective, violating both the umami theorem and the antic corollary, but luckily I have to go on vacation instead. Presumably you can find better things to do for the next couple of weeks, but if not you should read the blogs listed on the right.
But wouldn't you rather just turn off your computer and read the "new" Baffler?

Or you can spend the summer reflecting on what makes america great. Like the fact that we don't enslave women to make the world safe for democracy. Oh, sorry. Turns out your tax dollars are subsidizing comfort women for our brave troops. Which is why you need to give whatever you can spare to equality now!. Seriously.

Gluttons can waste time with the following journal backlog:

Peter Moore [Nature 424: 26-7] discusses Rajaniemi, et al., "Root competition can cause a decline in diversity with increased productivity," Journal of Ecology 91: 407:

Fertilization does indeed reduce plant diversity, as might be predicted for this scale of study. However, when Rajaniemi et al. examined the relative impacts of shoot competition and root competition on diversity, they found that virtually all the depression in diversity is a consequence of the effects of roots: the long-held assumption that shoot growth and competition for light lead to exclusion of species when productivity increases is not supported by this work.... But the implication is that resources in the soil (in this case nutrient elements, because water is not limiting) are the subject of the most intense competition and that some species are more effective at tapping these resources than are others, thus achieving dominance.
Shah, et al., "Crop residue and fertiliser N effects on nitrogen fixation and yields of legume -- cereal rotations and soil organic fertility," Field Crops Research 83: 1-11: "We concluded that retention of residues improves the N economy of the cropping system and enhances crop productivity through the additional N and other soil effects." More N fixation in vol. 252 of Plant and Soil

Special issue of Agribusiness [19 (3)] devoted to the economics of commodity checkoff programs.

Patel and Shibamoto, "Effect of 20 different yeast strains on the production of volatile components in Symphony wine," Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 16: 469-76: "The formation and composition of the volatiles produced by A350/VL1/Fermiblanc and T73 yeast strains were significantly different from the other strains."

Yamanaka, et al., "Dual origin of the cultivated rice based on molecular markers of newly collected annual and perennial strains of wild rice species, Oryza nivara and O. rufipogon," Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 50: 529-38: "Results suggest the indica line of rice varieties evolved from the annual genepool of AA genome and the japonica varieties from the perennial genepool of AA genome wild rice."

Hinrichs and Welsh, "The effects of the industrialization of US livestock agriculture on promoting sustainable production practices," Agriculture and Human Values 20: 125-41: "While the highly integrated poultry sector appears impregnable to traditional sustainable agriculture approaches, the cow-calf sub-sector of the beef industry, non-feedlot dairy operations, and small parts of the hog industry, especially in the Midwest, still retain some potential for effectively targeting the farmer."


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