Plant Roots News

  • `We need a new approach for better soil`

    ‘Dutch agricultural soils are not future-proof’ was a widely accepted statement at the final meeting of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Sustainable Soil. Breeders, chain partners, suppliers, the government and the science sector see a gradual deterioration in soil quality and are joining forces within the PPP to find a solution. “It isn’t a simple matter,” says ...

  • Back to our roots: Twente University

    Convergence opened a new facility on the campus of Twente University. The campus, where Convergence originally started, offers space and opportunities to build systems under ISO7 conditions. The opening of this new facility reflects ambition and growth of Convergence. The campus is familiar territory for Convergence. The High Tech Factory was the former location of MESA+ Institute, which has ...


    By Convergence Industry B.V.

  • Root strength in OSR and winter cereals

    We should never underestimate the importance of roots. Good plant roots are essential for water and nutrient uptake and as such have a significant influence on crop health and yield. Whatever the autumn weather, stimulating the development of deeper root systems will improve the plant’s ability to access the nutrients and water required for establishment and early growth. ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • Full of beans with Maniphos

    This season’s wet conditions brought increased sales of our manganese phosphite Maniphos as growers sought to boost root development and natural disease resistance in peas and beans. Initial feedback has been very positive. Farming in Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire, James Fountain applied two applications of Maniphos at 3.5 litres per hectare to his field beans and is very impressed ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • Convincing reliability

    The homogeneous waterproofing layer of the synthetic roofing and waterproofing membrane EVALON forms the core of the proven and tested system. With its high polymer alloy of ethylene vinyl acetate terpolymer (EVA) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) it is installed as a single-ply waterproofing in all climatic zones of the world. The high percentage of high polymeric solids ensures consistent properties ...


    By alwitra GmbH & Co

  • Vineland Researchers Developing Improved Propagation Trays

    A good start in life can go a long way in ensuring good health in the future. That’s just as true for tree as it is for people. And Vineland Research and Innovation Centre scientist Darby McGrath is leading a team to make sure young trees get off to the very best start in life they can. McGrath and her team are working on new propagation trays that they say improve root structure and ...

  • Vineland researchers develop new propagation trays

    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is revolutionizing propagation  systems for the nursery sector through a tray design supporting superior tree root  growth. There is an increasing demand for container tree seedling production  – plug trays  – in North America and a greater focus on higher quality root architecture. Many  current propagation ...

  • RainWise, Inc. Celebrates 41 Years Of Service With Agricultural Roots

    RainWise, Inc., www.rainwise.com, is pleased to be celebrating more than 40 years of devotion to our clients based on our promise to helping both small and large scale farmers produce more from their land, while conserving resources like water and energy to help build a flourishing ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Semios Special Offer Provides Soil Moisture Monitoring Solution Free to Precision Farming Customers for Two Years.

    Semios, the provider of real-time agricultural information for precision farming, offers two years of free soil moisture monitoring for their customers to optimize irrigation efficiencies, improving crop quality and yield. CEO Michael Gilbert said, “Water shortages have been tough for farmers. By fine-tuning irrigation to where and when it is most needed, farmers can protect their crops ...


    By Semios

  • Combating pest insects in the soil with root-colonizing insecticidal fungi

    The biological control of pest insects in the soil has come one step closer. Wageningen UR has isolated five promising fungi that kill 90 to 100 per cent of the grubs and crane fly larvae, and which also survive well in the soil when there are no pest insects present. It is expected that these insecticidal fungi will also be effective against other pest insects in the soil. Surviving ...

  • High-nature-value grasslands can be maintained by alternating between mowing and grazing

    Scientists recommend policies that alternate between mowing and grazing to manage Europe’s high-nature-value grasslands. This comes after a new seven-year study found that a high plant-species diversity helps grasslands to maintain productivity and to resist depletion of phosphorus caused by livestock grazing and depletion of potassium caused by mowing. Grasslands with high levels of ...

  • UF/IFAS researchers use pigs to root out problem weeds

    Sometimes, the old-fashioned ways are the best ways. Back before chemical pesticides and herbicides, farmers had to come up with ways to kill the weeds that took over their fields. One method used “back in the day” was letting pigs loose in fields that were not being used for crops for a season and allowing the pigs to do what they do naturally: dig up the roots of weeds and ...

  • Castolin West Africa Ltd takes root in Nigeria

    Aged  only six months, the new-born subsidiary “Castolin West Africa Ltd”, with the headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, is already showing great progress with its engineering team and facilities construction well underway. Castolin Eutectic and Deefort Ent. International Ltd. teamed up via a Joint Venture agreement in December 2014 (Frankfurt, Germany) to ...


    By Castolin Eutectic

  • Low-altitude aerial images allow early detection of devastating avocado disease

    Low-altitude aerial images can detect laurel wilt, a devastating avocado disease, giving growers an early way to identify diseased trees and perhaps help reduce losses to the $100 million-a-year economic impact avocados provide Florida. Reza Ehsani, an associate professor in agricultural and biological engineering at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, used a ...

  • A worldwide network of seed information is taking root

    As an increasingly bloody civil war raged around them, a team of scientists in the Syrian capital Aleppo quietly packaged and shipped a series of nondescript cardboard boxes to an island not far from the North Pole. The boxes bore no sign of the conflict that had surrounded them or the precious material ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Plant strategies for optimising nitrate intake

    The less nitrogen there is in the soil, the better plants are at using it. Researchers from INRA, CNRS and CIRAD, in cooperation with Czech colleagues, have recently shed light on the crucial role of a protein that enables plants to not only assess their environment but also activate the proper adaptive response based on the conditions. This research, published in the 2 March 2015 issue of Nature ...

  • TAL to promote technology at GFIA in Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi will welcome many visitors from the world of Agriculture next week as it hosts the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) conference and exhibition at ADNEC. The event will commence on Monday 9th March for three days, and Technical Absorbents will join many companies promoting their latest innovations to the market. ...


    By Technical Absorbents

  • Address to the Ecobuild Exhibition

    It’s great to be back here at Ecobuild. This is my third Ecobuild conference on the bounce. And this event just keeps getting bigger and better. Your first event back in 2004 was a small fee paying conference with a few seminars. This year over 800 companies are taking part. Today there are over 100,000 jobs in the UK’s multi-billion pound energy efficiency market. ...

  • Unearthing the Roots of Fungal Symbioses

    To understand the bases of mutualistic symbiosis between soil mycorrhizal fungi and plants, an international consortium of researchers conducted the first broad, comparative phylogenomic analysis of mycorrhizal fungi. Scientists describe how the comparative analyses of 18 new fungal genomes allowed them to track the evolution of symbiotic fungi interacting with trees, heath plants and orchids. ...

  • Making the Connection: Population Dynamics and Climate Compatible Development

    Policymakers and others working to slow human-caused climate change and make societies more resilient to its impacts should consider potential contributions to that effort from expanded access to family planning, a group of experts recommends. The first step is simply to open dialogues on possible connections between climate change and family planning, and the right of individuals ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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