Technical Absorbents Chinese Agent, Zacky Lam, was one of a number of selected presenters at the 2014 China International Wound Care and Products Conference in July. His presentation topic was'Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) and its use within the advanced wound care market.
New developments at Potatoes In Practice
Another successful Potatoes In Practice (PIP) event was held at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm on 11 August. The annual showcase, which is the largest field-based potato event in the UK, is reported to have attracted over 700 delegates from across the sector, including international guests and industry speakers. This year’s event featured the latest leading research, machinery demonstrations and trial plot tours, as well as seminars discussing the current issues and topics from across...
UF/IFAS study: Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed and fuel
As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato vines, usually thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while the roots are an ideal source for biofuel. This could be a key finding for the agriculture industry in Florida and to biofuel needs worldwide, said post-doctoral researcher Wendy Mussoline. “The agriculture industry in...
Perfect storm for potato blight
With crop values creeping up, the need to protect is becoming ever more important to growers. However, this season’s blight threat has triggered the need for tighter spray intervals – indeed five days between applications is common – which is leading to increasing demand and potentially some product shortages in the range of fungicides available to fight potato blight. “It’s imperative not to get caught short,” explains Morley Benson, key account manager at Certis. “Valb...
Potatoes more environmentally sustainable than pasta, rice
International researchers have shown that potatoes are good for the environment, with a recently published paper indicating that potato production is more environmentally sustainable than pasta and rice.The paper, conducted by researchers from Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, England and published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, considered both greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption when growing the three food types, with potatoes proving to have the least negative impact on the environment.&ldqu...
Durably resistant potatoes with wild potato genes offer 80% reduction in chemical control
A research project into the development of potatoes with sustainable resistance against phytophthora via genetic modification with genes from wild potato varieties and good resistance management (DuRPh) has concluded with a scientific publication on the research results. The Wageningen UR scientists indicated that their approach was successful in developing potato plants which require 80% less chemical control. The potato is the third food crop and offers a relatively high yield and valuable food per hectare....