Plant Science Articles

  • Perfect poinsettias for Christmas? Controlling compost moisture can remove the need for chemical growth retardants

    Poinsettias, the classic Christmas pot plant, are grown in their thousands in UK nurseries from late July onwards, but growers have to rely on the use of plant growth regulators (PRGs) to ensure that the optimum height and number of bracts is achieved by early December. With protective environmental legislation threatening to reduce the availability and use of such PGR treatments, a project led ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Nitrogen Fixers

    Here’s a bit of geeky plant science. On this image of the roots of white clover, you can plainly see bumps along the roots that are called nodules. Over millions of years, the plant has evolved a symbiotic relationship with certain species of soil-dwelling bacteria called Rhizobia. This group of bacteria has the ability to take nitrogen from the atmosphere and “fix” it by ...


    By West Coast Seeds

  • Increasing Lettuce Coloration with LEDs

    Using LED grow lights in plant production is a relatively new branch of science. In vertical farming where artificial light sources are used in closed environment it is important to collect data about the individual plant species to be able to produce the right spectrum and light intensity for vegetative and generative growth. Light spectrums can also be used to manipulate the plants growth cycle ...


    By Valoya Oy

  • Simulating the Effect of Climate Change on Agriculture

    Increased atmospheric CO2 levels and climate change are believed to contribute to extreme weather conditions, which is a major concern for many. And beyond extreme events, global warming is also predicted to affect agriculture.1,2 While climate change is expected to affect agriculture and reduce crop yields, the complete ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Listening to Underground Music at Washington State University

    Dr. Weller is Research Leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Services Wheat Health, Genetics and Quality Research Unit at Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, Washington. His specialty is plant pathology and the cutting-edge research that his research unit conducts ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Effects of the elimination of ethylene on apple preservation.

    IX Iberian Symposium on Maturation and Postharvest From November 2-4 2016, Bioconservación participated in the IX Iberian Symposium on Maturation and Postharvest, which took place in Lisbon and coincided with the III National Symposium and IX Spanish Symposium on this important business domain of science, technology, and plant matter. Noteworthy researchers and technology ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • The Cure for Coffee Rust Disease: A Mission from A UMD Professor

    Coffee rust is a serious disease. It’s been affecting economies of countries all over the world. This disease has been killing coffee crops and thus affecting the coffee production. Therefore, both small and large scale coffee producers have to do something about it. However, combatting with this disease isn’t an easy thing to do. That’s why, Priscila Chaverri, a professor ...


    By BioNovelus Inc.

  • Organic Soil for Healthy Crops and Gardens, Black Worm Castings, Vermaplex

    Creating a healthy organic garden is easier than you think. It all starts with the soil. As a gardener or farmer your goal is healthy plants that yield plentiful of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Your first priority should be the soil, it is the key ingredient to a thriving garden. Plants receive their nutrients from the soil. They are dependent on a soil full of ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • Technology that is making plants grow bigger and better

    This article outlines new and improved technology that is enabling growers to increase their yield and output of their crops. The technology includes carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors and controllers, soil moisture sensors, plant based sensors such as sap flow and dendrometers, and nutrient sensors such as EC and TDS sensors. All of the equipment can be automated and data sent to your smart phone or ...


    By Edaphic Scientific

  • The ratio of transpiration to evapotranspiration in a rainfed maize field on the Loess Plateau of China

    Maize (Zea mays L.) is a major crop on the Loess Plateau, and calculating the ratio of transpiration to evapotranspiration (T/ET) of maize is important for estimating field water balance. In this study, the sap flow method was adopted to measure transpiration (T) characteristics of maize. In order to calibrate the sap flow gauge, the sap flow rate was compared to the leaf T determined by the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Plant Sciences in Agriculture

    Plant pathogens Microorganisms, also called as microbes, live in every part of the biosphere, including soil, water, and air. Plant pathogens are the microbes that infect plants and cause diseases. In history, some plant diseases led to tremendous negative impacts on society. In 1845, potato blight disease was prevalent in all potato growing regions in Ireland. Phytophthora infestans, a ...

  • Damage suffered by swamp morning glory (Ipomoea aquatica Forsk) exposed to vanadium(V)

    To elucidate the physiological and morphological responses generated by vanadium (V) in plants, hydroponic culture experiments were performed with swamp morning glory (Ipomoea aquatica Forsk) exposed to 0 to 2.50 mg L−1 pentavalent V [V(V)] in Hoagland nutrient solutions. The concentration of chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b, and carotene peaked at a V(V) concentration of 0.05 mg L−1 and gradually ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Coir - The Ideal Growing Medium for Strawberries

    In June 2015, newspapers around Britain were buzzing about an offer from Marks and Spencer which sought to revolutionize gardening and retail shopping. For the first time in history, UK shoppers were given the opportunity to ...


    By CoirGreen

  • The extrapolation of the leaf area-based transpiration of two xerophytic shrubs in a revegetated desert area in the Tengger Desert, China

    Plant transpiration plays a key role in sand-binding zones, but obtaining accurate estimates at an integrated leaf-individual-canopy scale is difficult. In this study, transpiration rates of two typical xerophytic shrubs, Caragana korshinskii and Artemisia ordosica, were investigated during the growing season (April–October) from 2008 to 2012 in the Tengger Desert, a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Is Horticultural Science in Crisis? What is Needed to Assure Its Future?

    "Kenya has a shortage of competent horticultural staff at institutional and commercial levels." "Horticulture is facing a crisis in the United Kingdom." "Is horticulture a withering field in the USA?" "Concerns over shortage of agriculture graduates In Australia." "Uganda's flower sector faces an imminent shortage of qualified managers and supervisors in flower ...

  • Mangrove Guidebook for Malaysia

    This guidebook is designed as an easy and practical field guide for those involved in the field management of mangroves, for students and those who are interested to learn more about mangrove plants. This guidebook uses simple descriptions and a lot of photos to help distinguish species more easily. Photos were taken from many locations in Malaysia over the last 10 years and through contribution ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Effects of bisphenol a on mineral nutrition in soybean seedling roots

    Bisphenol A (BPA) is a ubiquitous chemical in the environment and is potentially harmful to plants. However, relevant studies on the effects of BPA on plants are relatively scarce. In the present work, the effects of BPA on the biomass (fresh and dry weight), absorptive function (activity and absorptive area), and mineral element levels in soybean (Glycine max L.) seedling roots treated with ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Lignin 2014 Conference to Discuss Industrial Applications of Abundant Plant Polymer

    With just over two weeks to go to the start of the Lignin 2014 international conference, its organisers express satisfaction at the wide range of speakers and attendees having signed up to hear of the latest scientific ...


    By Bio4Energy

  • How plants grow and develop

    How does a complete plant with stems, leafs and flowers develop from a tiny clump of seemingly identical cells? For a very long time, the mechanism of tissue formation in plants remained unclear. The biochemists from Wageningen University also would not have come up with the answer if it wasn’t for their model building colleagues that simulated plant development with their mathematical ...

  • Agar-encapsulated adsorbent based on leaf of platanus sp. to adsorb cadmium ion in water

    A low cost and environmentally friendly adsorbent was developed based on leaf of platanus sp. to adsorb cadmium ion in water. The adsorbent was modified with citric acid and then also encapsulated in agar for easy separation after the adsorption process. Parameters such as adsorbent dose, stirring time, solution pH and modification of the adsorbent with citric acid were investigated in a batch ...


    By IWA Publishing

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