Agriculture Monitoring Articles

  • California native hopes to improve sustainability and efficiency of irrigated farming

    NGWA continues its monthly spotlight look at the 2016 Len Assante Scholarship winners from the NGWA Foundation. This month we get to know winner Julia Reese of Deary, Idaho, who received a ...

  • Case study - REDWAVE XRF - State-of-the-art technology for ore mining

    Here, ore mining began in the fourth century - a date which is supported by remains of melting furnaces found in the small Styrian town called Eisenerz (the German word for iron ore). The name could not be more characteristic. The reddish terraces of the Erzberg, the largest open cast mine of Central Europe and, at the same time, the largest siderite deposit worldwide, are widely visible. It is ...

  • Award-winning Agritech Expo Zambia returns to Chisamba in April as agri sector continues to move with the times

    “As Zambian agriculture continues moving with changing times and environment, so does our Agritech Expo. Farmers should brace themselves for yet another awe-inspiring agribusiness and agricultural technology and B2B platform” says an excited Mr Coillard Hamusimbi, the Head of Services and Agribusiness for the ...

  • Study: Biological treatments in early production of tomatoes

    At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, Plant Pathology Research Technician Travis Cranmer is working to analyze the efficacy of biopesticides against root diseases in hydroponic tomato production. The study’s findings were released at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference in Niagara Falls in October 2016. Cranmer shares some of his ...

  • TrueNDVI vs. Synthetic NDVI Explained

    Not all NDVI is created equal Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) imagery products have become increasingly common in precision agriculture applications. More companies are offering NDVI and NDVI-like products, including “Synthetic NDVI” images from drone platforms. At Sentera, it is our mission to provide you only the most valuable crop health data, which ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Case study - Cedar Greenhouse

    Wales System kWp: 1.08 Area: 24.96 Inverter: SMA Soladin 600 Modules Used: PS-C-901 Transparent The custom built cedar greenhouse had been designed to accept 12 of Polysolar's 90 W transparent modules. Polysolar supplied the panels and all electrical balance of system. Objective: Supply only 12 90w transparent modules and electrical system for a bespoke built ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Case study - BIPV Petrol Forecourt Canopy - Sainsbury

    Bishops Waltham System kWp: 16 Area: 242 m sq Inverter: Fronius Modules Used: PS-C Transparent Polysolar were approached for this unique project, the first of its kind, constructing a petrol filling station canopy which could generate energy for the kiosk, whilst providing a pleasant environment for the clients. Objective: Provide an attractive weather-proof canopy ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Case study - BIPV Petrol Forecourt Canopy

    Weymouth System kWp: 23.4 Area: 371 m sq Inverter: Fronius Modules Used: PS-C Transparent Series Polysolar completed a second petrol filling station in Wymouth following the success of the first in Bishops Waltham. Objective: Provide an attractive weather-proof canopy transmitting natural light generating renewable energy to power the site. Result: ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Case study - Wilmott Dixon Canopy

    BRE-Watford System kWp: 2.25 Area: 28.6 m sq Inverter: Mastervolt Modules Used: PS-C Transparent Polysolar designed and supplied a retrofit roof garden canopy for Willmott Dixon Healthcare Campus at BRE Innovation Park, Watford. Objective: To provide a weather proof canopy designed to offer a warm light but shaded area for sitting out in while also contributing to ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Case study - Barbican Canopy

    London System kWp: 2.8 Area: 44.2 m sq Inverter: Kaco Modules Used: PS-C Transparent Series Polysolar supplied BIPV glazing units for a walkway canopy at Prior Weston Primary School, Barbican, London. Objective: Play area canopy designed to offer a dry and safe school yard extension, whilst reducing heat gain and glare in classrooms and providing renewable ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Editorial: Double Down On The Upside

    Last December during a staff meeting, we got into a discussion about the importance of this Editorial page in BioCycle always conveying optimism about organics recycling and our mission, now 58-years old, to conserve natural resources and build healthy soils. BioCycle’s founding publisher and editor, Jerome Goldstein, was an eternal optimist whose passion, vision and grit inspired many ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The Golden Kiwi is Highly Sensitive to Ethylene

    A scientific article (Influence of exogenous ethylene during refrigerated storage on storability and quality of Actinidia chinensis (cv. Hort16A), Pranamornkith et al; Postharvest Biology and Technology 64 (2012) 1-8) shows that the firmness and colour of the golden kiwi are seriously affected by the level of ethylene in the atmosphere of commercial cold stores. “The kiwifruit industry was ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Standardizing defluoridation of community waters using bone char

    Different bone char (BC) preparation methods affect the physical chemical properties and therefore the capacity to remove fluoride. Fluoride removal capacities of BC prepared at three controlled temperatures, with particle grain sizes of 250–500 μm, 500–1,000 μm and 1,000–1,800 μm were determined in column experiments with an initial fluoride concentration of 8.55 mg/L. The sorbent was ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessment of groundwater vulnerability to nitrate pollution caused by agricultural practices

    Environmental risk assessment is a step towards identification, analysis, and classification of risk factors and thus reduction of the possibility of adverse consequences. In this research, a novel approach for environmental risk assessment on groundwater pollution is applied. By combination of aquifer vulnerability DRASTIC map, pollution severity and prioritizing of the plain regions by the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Fish Farms - Inspections below the surface

    Fish farms are tackling the increased demand for aquatic food, while underwater drones are tackling regular and ongoing inspections to ensure fish health and the integrity of the enclosures. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, by the year 2050, there will be nearly 2 billion more humans populating the earth. Meaning that we will need to produce ...


    By Deep Trekker Inc.

  • Fine-tuning plant growth in the face of drought

    Limiting shoot growth is an important survival strategy for plants during times of drought; smaller leaves mean that less water is lost through transpiration and more is retained in the soil. As drought stress restricts both cell division and expansion – processes that rely on specialized microtubule arrays – factors that regulate microtubule organization and stability likely affect a ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Recognition of the Magnaporthe oryzae effector AVR-Pia by the decoy domain of the rice NLR immune receptor RGA5

    Abstract Nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat proteins (NLRs) are important receptors in plant immunity that allow recognition of pathogen effectors. The rice NLR RGA5 recognizes the Magnaporthe oryzae effector AVR-Pia through direct interaction. Here, we gained detailed insights into the molecular and structural bases of AVR-Pia-RGA5 interaction and the role of the RATX1 decoy ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Cogeneration experience with Clarke Energy: Carthage Grains CHP Plant, Tunisia

    Carthage Grains is the leader in the Maghreb in the trituration of the soya bean: production of oil and soybean meal. The process of Carthage Grains consumes electrical and thermal energy in the form of steam (30 to 35 tonnes per hour at 12 bar pressure). As the supplier of Nejma Oil (a Clarke Energy customer since 2012), the choice of Carthage Grains for GE’s Jenbacher gas engine ...


    By Clarke Energy

  • Sugar Beet Harvest Simplified with Aire-O2 Tritons - Case Study

    Overview: Sucrafor, a COSUMAR Groupe sugar beet processing plant in north east (Oriental) of Morocco, designed a wastewater treatment plant to maintain high organic loads through anaerobic, anoxic, and aerated lagoons; as they crush more than 5,000 tons of sugar beets daily. Due to the high organic loads and tightening BOD/COD standards, Aeration Industries International’s ...

  • Correct management of ethylene levels could minimise or eliminate the need for refrigeration during the distribution chain of green bananas

    A recently published scientific article (Reduction of energy usage during storage and transport of bananas by management of exogenous ethylene levels, Wills et al; Postharvest Biology and Technology 89 (2014) 7-10) quantifies the relationship between the concentration of ethylene, temperature and green life of the Cavendish banana. The results demonstrate that an efficient ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

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