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Journal Highlights: February 2019

Highlights

13 Mar 2019

SCI's peer-reviewed journals provide research studies and commentary articles undertaken by top scientists in emerging areas, addressing global audiences by crossing academic, industrial, government and science policy sectors.

Here are some of the highlights from the most recent issues of our journals. To view the full range of SCI's journals, visit our Publications page!

Fruit quality unaffected by optimising crop watering

highlights grapes
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.9415

Deficit irrigation (DI) is a watering strategy that reduces the amount of irrigation water to a crop. This study evaluated the nutritional quality of table grapes that were subjected to DI and found that it could be safely used in dry areas for at least four years without affecting the nutritional quality of grape berries.

This is important as sustainable agricultural practices are needed to face current threats to agricultural production in areas where water scarcity, recurrent droughts, and decreased soil quality are endangering productivity and food security.

 

ABM fungi highlights

Broadening our understanding of fungi and their response to pesticides

Pest Management Science DOI: 10.1002/ps.5220

A type of fungus known as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) form symbioses with the majority of plant species and can provide multiple benefits to the host plant. 

Agricultural management practices can have an impact on AMF. This review in Pest Management Science describes and discusses current knowledge on the effects of pesticides on AMF in the conflicting area between agricultural use and environmental concerns.

 

highlights pyroresitvity

New promising applications in battery safety, temperature sensors and self‐regulating heaters


Polymer International DOI: 10.1002/pi.5735

This paper in Polymer International gives a perspective on the most promising commercial applications of pyroresistivity in conductive polymer composites: battery safety; as temperature sensors; and self‐regulating heaters.

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