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Using Text Messaging, Yale Student Hopes to Fight Malaria in The Philippines

In Regina de Luna’s home country of the Philippines, malaria is the eighth leading cause of death, a statistic that the rising Yale senior finds impossible to ignore.

But what has made an even greater impression on de Luna is seeing people suffering from severe complications from the vector-borne disease — especially because malaria is easily preventable.

As a volunteer at a government-run hospital in her country during the past several summers, de Luna has met both pediatric and adult patients with malaria — some with the early-stage symptoms of fever, chills and fatigue, and others whose advanced infection has resulted in life-threatening complications, like coma. Malaria, an infectious disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes, affects more than six million people in the Philippines, where the tropical climate and dense forests are ideal breeding grounds for the insects. (more…)

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Climate Adaptation of Rice

*Symbiogenics — a New Strategy for Reducing Climate Impacts on Plants*

Seattle – Rice – which provides nearly half the daily calories for the world’s population – could become adapted to climate change and some catastrophic events by colonizing its seeds or plants with the spores of tiny naturally occurring fungi, just-published U.S. Geological Survey-led research shows.

In an effort to explore ways to increase the adaptability of rice to climatic scourges such as tsunamis and tidal surges that have already led to rice shortages, USGS researchers and their colleagues colonized two commercial varieties of rice with the spores of fungi that exist naturally within native coastal (salt-tolerant) and geothermal (heat-tolerant) plants. (more…)

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UN Predicts Global Rise of Food Prices

In the next ten years, prices for agricultural products in the world will grow in real terms by 15-40%, say experts from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. The reason for it is the increasing demand for food in developing countries and production of biofuels.

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