Crop Cultivation Articles

  • Ethylen absorption and quality of Apples in ULO conditions

    A recent scientific article demonstrates that absorbing ethylene with Bi-On is an effective way to maintain the quality of apples in ULO conditions. The study, carried out at the La Morinière Experimental Station (Saint Epain, France), assessing the effect of Bi-On on the maintenance of ‘Golden Delicious’ apple quality when conserved in ULO (0.5ºC, 1.5% O2, 1% CO2, 85-90% ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Tissue-Specific Transcriptomics reveals an important role of the unfolded protein response in maintaining fertility upon heat stress in Arabidopsis

    Abstract Elevated temperatures have a great impact on plant reproductive development and subsequent fruit and seed set, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. We used transcriptome profiling to investigate the effect of heat stress on reproductive development of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) seedlings and observed distinct response patterns in vegetative vs. ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Glasshouse hygiene - the importance of staying clean

    The nature of ornamental crops will mean plants are often in production for a long time, which can result in pest and disease carry over; so, it’s crucial that growers employ a rigorous hygiene and disinfection routine between crops. Start clean Starting the season with remnants of inoculum in the glasshouse, means growers are already on the backfoot, as the growing ...


    By Certis UK

  • Prevent harmful conditions from damaging crops with sensor alerts

    Your algae monitoring and control system is all set up, humming along efficiently, and the algae is growing well. Your solenoids are controlling the CO2 input so that your pH is always on target. Coolers (or heaters) are controlling your temperature. Maybe you even have automatic harvesting based on the density of your algae. But what happens if one of the devices breaks down? Pumps, valves, ...


    By Algae Lab Systems

  • The emergence, evolution, and diversification of the miR390-TAS3-ARF Pathway in Land Plants

    Abstract In plants, miR390 directs the production of tasiRNAs from TRANS-ACTING SIRNA 3 (TAS3) transcripts to regulate AUXIN RESPONSIVE FACTOR (ARF) genes, critical for auxin signaling; these tasiRNAs are known as tasiARFs. To understand the evolution of this miR390-TAS3-ARF pathway, we characterized homologs of these three genes from thousands of plant species, from bryophytes to ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Ethylene Regulates differential growth via BIG ARF-GEF-dependent post-Golgi secretory trafficking in Arabidopsis

    Abstract During early seedling development, the shoot apical meristem is protected from damage as the seedling emerges from soil by the formation of apical hook. Hook formation requires differential growth across the epidermis below the meristem in the hypocotyl. The plant hormones ethylene and auxin play key roles during apical hook development by controlling differential growth. We provide ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Bio Huma Netics, Inc., and Mesa Verde Resources Form Strategic Alliance

    Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN)—an Arizona company that produces products under the Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions® brands—has recently formed an alliance with Reid Enterprises LLC, which does business as Mesa Verde Resources in New Mexico. Mesa Verde Resources is a humic ...

  • Saddle up, soybean seed pigments: argonaute5 in spatially regulated silencing of Chalcone Synthase genes

    Most soybean seeds you see, whether in bins at the store, or in train cars as a commodity crop, have a yellow seed coat that may have only a tiny fleck of dark pigment at the hilum, where the seed attaches to the pod. The predominant yellow color results from silencing of chalcone synthase (CHS) genes by RNA interference (RNAi) due to the presence of I or ii alleles. The ii allele has an inverted ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • How a new way of thinking about soil sparked a national movement in agriculture

    For three weeks every month, Ray Archuleta captivates audiences with a few handfuls of soil. He begins with two clumps, dropping them into water. The soil from a farm where the soil isn’t tilled holds together, while the tilled soil immediately disperses, indicating poor soil structure. Next, volunteers from the audience — mostly farmers and ranchers — pour water over a soil ...


    By Ensia

  • In the fishing industry, gear recycling is finally catching on

    In 2013, Joel Baziuk had a problem. He had too many fishing nets, and no good way to get rid of them. But that was about to change. As operations supervisor of Steveston Harbour Authority, or SHA, just south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Baziuk is responsible for Canada’s largest commercial fishing harbor. At any given time, more than 400 vessels call ...


    By Ensia

  • Mutations in Argonaute5 Illuminate Epistatic Interactions of the K1 and I Loci Leading to Saddle Seed Color Patterns in Glycine max

    The soybean (Glycine max) seed coat has distinctive, genetically programmed patterns of pigmentation and the recessive k1 mutation can epistatically overcome the dominant I and ii alleles, which inhibit seed color by producing small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting chalcone synthase (CHS) mRNAs. Small RNA sequencing of dissected regions of immature seed coats demonstrated that CHS siRNA levels ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Start Thinking About This Season’s Blueberry Crop: Keep Birds Away

    Start with bird scare tactics Try building netting barriers Use chemical treatments Nothing can ruin delicious blueberry muffins, pancakes or jams more than not having blueberries. Keeping your blueberry crops safe is of the utmost importance for the economy (and our tastebuds). Avian Enterprises sheds some light on which methods work or don’t work to save ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • The Value of Humic Substances in the Carbon Lifecycle of Crops

    Everyone who works in agriculture is aware of the basic lifecycle of crops: plants are seeded, they are nourished and they grow, they are harvested, and what is not consumed by (us) higher life forms is returned to the soil—where it is broken down through mineralization and by microorganisms so that it can be used to nourish the next cycle of crops. That relatively simple scenario is ...

  • 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 ...

  • Farmers and Ranchers Ready for Action in 2017

    If ever there was a time for farmers and ranchers across America to get outside our fencerows, 2017 is it. Many of agriculture’s major policy issues are in the headlines every day. It’s time to engage. We are encouraged by the quick attention Congress and the administration are giving to issues like regulatory reform and federal land management. Farmers breathed a collective sigh of ...

  • What makes farmers try new practices?

    Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. A group of researchers at the University of Illinois wanted to know which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems -- trees, shrubs, or grasses that simultaneously benefit the environment and generate high-value products ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • How to produce good quality silage

    We all know the benefits of good silage. But are we really all doing everything we can to produce good quality silage? If you want to help protect your farm business against ups and downs in milk or meat prices, or feed costs, there’s a straightforward approach: maximise the amount of milk or meat produced from home-grown forage. It is arguably one of a livestock farm’s biggest ...


    By Ecosyl Products Limited

  • 7 Species of Bees Added to Endangered List

    Introduction For the first time in history, several American bee species have been classified as endangered. There are many factors that have contributed to the decline in bee populations in recent years, with climate change being at the root of many of these issues. In order to save the dwindling number of bees, we must implement the mitigation and management plans that are in place, ...


    By Climate Institute

  • A matter of keeping the litter dry

    Asger Petersen from the marshland in the southwestern corner of Denmark has been producing chickens for nearly twenty years. Eight years ago Asger changed to organic with outdoor runs. From consultant to farmer For many years I was a consultant in the Danish poultry industry. My trade was feed formulation. Since I became a poultry farmer myself, I have seen a lot of changes ...


    By DACS A/S

  • 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 ...

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