cultivator Articles

  • Cultivating energy crop production

    A NEW Farm Bill is moving through the Congressional legislative process. Along the way, commercial agriculture is debating the energy impacts of future corn and soybean production. The growth of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel has created competition for the feed inputs into animal agriculture, namely corn and soybeans. While most of agriculture discusses energy production from ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Soy Cultivation in South America

    The expansion of soy bean Soy cultivation has shown an increasing expansion throughout Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, in the last decade. This remarkable increase is explained by its economical importance in the region, and as a consequence, it is difficult to regulate its progress and attenuate its potential socio-environmental impacts. In 2012, in these 4 countries the ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Cultivating the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders

    International corporate volunteerism gives future leaders real-life experience facing challenges in emerging markets and could create self-perpetuating sustainable businesses ntroduced by John Elkington two decades ago, the “triple bottom line” has helped shape the definition of sustainable business today. Giving equal importance to three indicators — ...


    By Ensia

  • Using technology to cultivate a culture of safety

    Workplace accidents and fatalities are a common occurrence, but many safety incidents could have been avoided through improved training management, accurate data reporting, internal audits, and generating a culture of safety within an organization. The American Society of Safety Engineers has published a great, unbiased article titled “Technically Safe: Gaining 360◦ Visibility with ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Fecal sludge-derived pellet fertilizer in maize cultivation

    Fecal sludge (FS) contains significant amounts of plant nutrients and organic matter although it also contains pathogens. Therefore, FS can be used as fertilizer after proper sanitization. This study was designed to test dried fecal sludge (DFS)-based pellet fertilizers on maize cultivation. The DFS fertilizers were produced by composting, co-composting with sawdust, or irradiated by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Seaweed future cultivation in Chile: perspectives and challenges

    Production of seaweeds in Chile has fluctuated between 120,000 and 316,000 wet metric tons per year during the last ten years. The most important Phaeophyta are exploited for alginate production and as abalone feed. Among the Rhodophyta, Chilean production comes mainly from wild stocks, as at present cultivation on a commercial scale is restricted to Gracilaria. Large scale production of this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Mitigating climate change through oil palm cultivation

    Oil palm requires 7-11 times less land area than soyabean, rapeseed and sunflower to produce the same amount of oil. Therefore, the use of palm oil for food and biofuel, has saved 97-159 million ha of land from being deforested for cultivation with lower yielding oil crops. This has avoided 27-45 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2-e) emissions. Oil palm also sequesters eight times more CO2 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • AFLP discrimination of native north American and cultivated hop

    Hop (Humulus lupulus L.) is cultivated for the female flowers, or 'cones,' which traditionally have been used as a bittering and flavoring agent in beer. Hop breeding historically relied on relatively simple selection techniques within established breeding lines. Supplementing current breeding material with new genetic sources would enhance a hop breeder's ability to select for new traits. The ...

  • Factors determining stakeholders' perception of kenaf cultivation in Kelantan

    The Malaysian government has selected kenaf as a new commodity and natural fibre to be given support and priority, but the expected progress in kenaf cultivation was not met. The objectives of this study are (a) to identify which stakeholders within the Kenaf development ecosystem to be given attention to enact change and (b) to determine the critical factors influencing this stakeholder's ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Common wisdom: cultivating logic and intuition in science education

    Integrating logic with intuition will guide scientific research in more sensible and efficient directions. Studies have suggested that morphogenesis cannot be explained by logical determinism alone but by a means of cellular communication involving a balance between logic and intuition (Goodwin and Webster, 1996). This paper proposes that we can better understand micro level cellular processes, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Saving wetlands through responsible cultivation of soy

    Those consuming tofu and soy milk, but especially meat eaters and those driving a car should keep a critical eye on the impacts of soy cultivation. About 70 percent of soy cultivated is used for animal feed fulfilling the growing meat demands in the world, while the second largest driver of soy expansion is for the use of biodiesel. Whilst recognising these values of soy, its expansion has ...


    By Wetlands International

  • The effects of Parachlorella kessleri cultivation on brewery wastewater

    Bioindustrial wastewaters, often characterised by high carbon and nitrogen contents, have shown promise as a valuable resource for the cultivation of beneficial microorganisms. The purpose of this study was to assess if Parachlorella kessleri could utilise brewery wastewater (Br WW) for growth and production of metabolites. P. kessleri was cultivated on different ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Haploidy in cultivated wheats: induction and utility in basic and applied research

    The usefulness of haploid plants in basic research in cytogenetics, genetics, evolution, and practical plant breeding is well known. Haploid plants provide an efficient research tool for studies on induced mutagenesis and genetic transformation. They also help elucidate the genetic control of chromosome pairing inherently present in allopolyploids such as bread wheat, durum wheat, and oats. ...

  • Utilization of inland saline water for Spirulina cultivation

    An attempt was made to assess the suitability of the inland saline water of Rohtak (Haryana) for mass cultivation of Spirulina platensis, a salt loving cyanobacterium. Cultivation of S. platensis was performed in indoor and outdoor culture units. The investigation revealed that the yield of biomass in de-calcified inland saline water was comparable to the yield obtained in ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Introgession of wild species germplasm with extreme resistance to cold sweetening into the cultivated potato

    Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) breeders are interested in developing chipping cultivars that can be stored at cold temperatures to reduce storage losses and increase profitability for potato producers. Commercial cultivars accumulate reducing sugars during cold storage, resulting in unacceptably dark chips when processed. In this study, we have identified diploid wild Solanum species accessions ...

  • Environmental and social impacts of oil palm cultivation on tropical peat

    The palm oil sector has created in the past few decades millions of jobs. Over the next decade, the Indonesian government plans to double the annual production of palm oil, creating new jobs for an estimated 1.3 million households. Although the cultivation of oil palm on peatlands creates new income opportunities for many farmers in the short term, longer term economic implications remain ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal species in soils of cultivated soybean fields

    Mycorrhizae are presumably important contributors to plant growth in most ecosystems. Our objective in this study was to evaluate the population diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in Clarion (well drained) and Webster (poorly drained) soils of four Iowa soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] fields. These soils normally occur together on the landscape, with Clarion in the upland and Webster ...

  • Uptake and translocation of lead and pyrene by ryegrass cultivated in aged spiked soil

    A greenhouse study was conducted to investigate the uptake and translocation of lead and pyrene in ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum L), cultivated in spiked soil. After ageing, the pots were cultivated with ryegrass seedlings to investigate soil-to-plant transfer characteristics of lead and pyrene. In the spiked soils, the biomass of plants was not significantly lower in comparison with the control, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Recent mechanical cultivation of lawns enhances lime application efficacy

    While the relationship between soil acidity and thatch accumulation in maintained lawns has been reported, interacting effects of cultivation and surface lime applications on soil acidity have not. The experimental objective was to determine how antecedent mechanical cultivation of mature turfgrasses interacts with surface application of liming agents to neutralize soil acidity within the upper ...

  • Two alleles of ahFAD2B control the high oleic acid trait in cultivated peanut

    A high oleic:linoleic acid ratio (O/L) in peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) seeds is controlled primarily by two recessive genes, ahFAD2A and ahFAD2B (ol1 and ol2). Marker-assisted breeding for high O/L could become routine provided that user-friendly and economical markers could be developed that would target mutant alleles underlying the trait. Previously, a mutant allele of ahFAD2A was ...

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