agriculture microbial News

  • Spreading antibiotics in the soil affects microbial ecosystems

    Antibiotics used extensively in intensive livestock production may be having an adverse effect on agricultural soil ecosystems. In a presentation to the Society for General Microbiology meeting at Harrogate International Centre March 30, Dr Heike Schmitt from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands described how antibiotics passed from the animals in manure that was then spread on farmland. ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Soil nitrogen test measures microbial nitrogen

    Contrary to the prevailing view, cereal crops derive the majority of their nitrogen from the soil, not fertilizer. Soils differ considerably in microbial activities that determine nitrogen-supplying power, and these differences must be taken into account if nitrogen fertilizers are to be used efficiently. The Illinois Soil Nitrogen Test (ISNT) was developed for this purpose, and involves ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Agricultural Bacteria: Blowing in the Wind

    It was all too evident during the Dust Bowl what a disastrous impact wind can have on dry, unprotected topsoil. Now a new study has uncovered a less obvious, but still troubling, effect of wind: Not only can it carry away soil particles, but also the beneficial microbes that help build soil, detoxify contaminants, and recycle nutrients. Using a powerful DNA sequencing technique, called ...

  • Agrinos To Open State-of-the-Art Microbial Crop Input Production Facility in Oregon

    Agrinos, a leading biological crop input provider committed to improving the productivity and sustainability of agriculture worldwide, announces the construction of a new, state-of-the-art production facility in Clackamas, Oregon. The 28,000 square-foot facility near Portland, Ore., will accommodate increased production capacity for the Agrinos line of proprietary High Yield Technology® ...


    By Agrinos Inc

  • Increasing diversity through crop rotation boosts soil microbial biodiversity and productivity

    Planting a variety of crop species in rotation in agricultural fields increases the diversity of soil microbes below ground, recent research has found. This in turn positively affects soil organic matter, soil structure and aids the healthy functioning of the soil. The researchers say that rotational diversity can help farmers to grow crops in a more sustainable way that promotes soil stability. ...

  • Alternative agricultural practices combine productivity and soil health

    The progressive degradation of useful soils for agriculture and farm animal husbandry is a growing environmental and social problem, given that it endangers the food safety of an increasing world population. This fact prompted the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development – Neiker-Tecnalia – to design a series of research projects in order to evaluate alternative agricultural ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Syngenta and DSM to develop and commercialize biological solutions for agriculture

    Syngenta and DSM today announced an R&D partnership to develop microbial-based agricultural solutions, including bio-controls, bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants. The companies aim to jointly commercialize solutions from their discovery ...


    By Syngenta

  • Lallemand Animal Nutrition continues to support the future of agriculture

    In continued support of the future of animal agriculture, Lallemand Animal Nutrition will once again award five Lallemand Forward scholarships to North American students. Three $2,500 undergraduate scholarships, one $3,000 master’s scholarship and one $3,000 Ph.D. scholarship will be awarded to students who are excelling in their agriculture studies in the United States, Mexico or Canada. ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • New strategy aims to reduce agricultural ammonia

    As concerns about air pollution from large dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) continue to mount, scientists are reporting a practice that could cut emissions of an exceptionally abundant agricultural gas—ammonia—by up to 30%. In the May-June 2011 issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, a team led by Mark Powell, a soil scientist with the USDA ...

  • Neste Oil to build a pilot plant to produce waste-based microbial oil at Porvoo

    Neste Oil CorporationPress release15 December 2011 at 9 am (EET) Neste Oil to build a pilot plant to produce waste-based microbial oil at Porvoo Neste Oil is to build a pilot plant to produce waste-based microbial oil at its Porvoo refinery. It will be the first pilot plant in Europe ...


    By Neste

  • Global Leader in Sustainable Agriculture Brings Green Tech Crop Innovation to California

    Among the many head-turning products at this week's 45th World Ag Expo is an innovative biotechnology formula for soil sustainability that uses discarded shrimp heads and microbiological components to fortify crop plants and cost-efficiently improve yield, quality and profit. Field proven in more than 1,500 trials around the world, the patented soil regeneration product ("biofertilizer") from ...


    By Marketwire

  • AgBiome Launches New Business Unit Focused on Delivering Innovations to Agriculture and Turf and Ornamental Markets

    AgBiome, LLC, today announced it has established AgBiome Innovations™, which will commercialize technology identified by the company through its unique Genesis™ discovery and development platform. The division is led by a highly experienced team of agricultural and turf and ornamental industry leaders and is gearing up to launch its first product, a broad-spectrum biological ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • USDA Awards Research Grants to Address the Impact of Climate Change on U.S. Agriculture Production

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today (April 22, 2014) that USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $6 million to 10 universities to study the effects of climate on agriculture production and develop strategies to provide farmers and ranchers with the solutions they need to supply the nation with quality food. Vilsack made the announcement during remarks at ...

  • Effects of chemical fertiliser and animal manure on soil health compared

    Fertilising crops with cattle manure can lead to better soil quality than when synthetic fertiliser is used, recent research indicates. The use of cattle manure in the study led to greater soil fertility by encouraging higher microbial activity, and the researchers suggest that it could potentially improve soil’s ability to cope with periods of difficult growing conditions. The ...

  • MDG Hires New Business Development Manager

    Microbial Discovery Group LLC (MDG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ardean Veldkamp as Business Development Manager. Veldkamp’s strategic focus will be to create partner relationships, product platforms and licensing opportunities for Microbial Discovery Group. Veldkamp brings over 20 years of sales and business development experience working with microbials in the animal and ...

  • Cool Planet partners with J.R. Simplot Company to distribute innovative Cool Terra® Engineered Biocarbon™ product to improve soil health

    Cool Planet is proud to announce a new distribution agreement with the J.R. Simplot Company, one of the largest privately held agricultural companies in the nation. Simplot will serve as a distributor for Cool Terra throughout the Western United States and portions of the Midwest. Simplot will commit resources to support and sell the Cool Terra product in production and specialty-crop ...

  • MDG Announces Two New Hires

    Microbial Discovery Group LLC (MDG) announced two recent additions to the company’s Biotifx wastewater team to meet the needs of their growing workforce and market expansion. Michael Kastel was named Wastewater Salesmen and Dan Romanek was appointed Technical Service Manager. Michael comes with experience within the field of sales, having spent past years with Cintas, RAMSCO and Dynamic ...

  • Desert bacteria could help boost crop yields

    Desert soil microbes could help halt desertification and boost agriculture in arid regions of the Middle East and North Africa, according to a study.   Scientists from the United Arab Emirates [UAE] have isolated local salt- and drought-tolerant strains of Rhizobia, soil bacteria that fix nitrogen when they become established ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Can one-time tillage improve no-till?

    A one-time tillage has no adverse effects on yield or soil properties on no-till land, according to field research conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Although tillage is another expense for farmers and generally increases the risk of soil erosion, a one-time tillage may be performed to correct some problem, such as a perennial weed problem. The feasibility study was conducted for ...

  • Lallemand Animal Nutrition expands Ruminant Center of Excellence program with Texas A&M AgriLife Research

    Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Texas A&M Agrilife Research announce a collaboration to be launched at the McGregor Research Center in McGregor, Texas. Lallemand Animal Nutrition has established partnerships worldwide as part of their Research Centers of Excellence program, to Forward the development and innovation of microbial solutions. “At Lallemand Animal Nutrition, we’re ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

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