University of Nebraska Lincoln http://hppr.org en Unlocking prairie secrets from a sod house http://hppr.org/post/unlocking-prairie-secrets-sod-house <p></p><p>Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19<sup>th</sup>century. To do that, they’re working with a team of archaeologists and historians dissecting a sod house, a house built out of bricks cut from dirt.</p><p>Larry Estes has had a sod house in his backyard in Gates, Neb., for as long as he can remember. He never really thought anything about it until a year ago when a repairman asked him about it.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Jackie Sojico 30513 at http://hppr.org Unlocking prairie secrets from a sod house RNAi corn entering the rootworm chase http://hppr.org/post/rnai-corn-entering-rootworm-chase <p></p><p>With rootworms building resistance to genetically modified corn that makes its own pesticide, seed companies are working on new crops that target the insects’ genes. But some worry about unintended consequences when the technology moves from the lab to the field.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Grant Gerlock 25612 at http://hppr.org RNAi corn entering the rootworm chase