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  • Sowing the seeds of stable agriculture

    In a country with a precarious history of food insecurity, one award-winning research institution is driving change in Senegal by focusing on training farmers and helping them to diversify their ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • GWT Series Natural Zeolite Media Agricultural Applications

    Zeolite based fertilizers are known to be "smart fertilizers" due to the high cation exchange capacity (CEC) and porous crystalline structure. Zeolite is the only negatively-charged mineral in existence in the world, for these purposes it has therefore has significant uses across a wide range of applications and in particular in Agriculture applications. Zeolite has a known ability to act as a ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kansas senator honored with soil stewardship award

    A long-time champion for agriculture, research, and the United States’ soil resources, Senator Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, will be presented today (Mar. 18) with the 2013 Excellence in Soil Stewardship Award by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The award recognizes policy makers whose exemplary leadership has strengthened the U.S. agricultural enterprise and the natural ...

  • 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

  • Cellulosic ethanol: expanding options, identifying obstacles

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are figuring out how to turn wheat straw into ethanol “gold,” and learning more about the bacteria that can “infect” ethanol plants and interfere with fuel production. At the ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) in ...

  • Possible Listeria Contamination in Salad Dressing Causes Recall

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Wednesday, October 29, 2013, that there will be a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall for broccoli salad kit products, due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the salad dressing. The sum of 22,849 pounds of broccoli salad kits have been ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • UK Shellfish are cleaner thanks to sewerage infrastructure improvements

    Shellfish harvesting areas in the UK are cleaner, thanks to sewerage improvement schemes over the last decade which have lowered average levels of Escherichia coli in oysters, mussels and other commercially-important species and boosted the shellfish industry’s economic value. Addressing the additional pollution risks from agriculture could further reduce contamination and human health ...

  • Treating animal manure with borax cuts odor

    Hydrogen sulfide is one of the compounds contributing to the stink from manure storage pits on hog farms. Microbial activity in the manure releases the hydrogen sulfide and other compounds. Today, at an American Society of Microbiology meeting in Boston, Mass., Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Cheryl Spence reports the results of a study in which 'dusting' hog manure with borax ...

  • Common bacteria pinned down as cause of shrimp die-off

    A cause of a mysterious disease devastating shrimp farms across Asia since 2009 has been tracked back to a strain of a bacteria native to coastlines around the world. The shrimp early mortality syndrome has perplexed experts for years, in a region where roughly one million people depend on shrimp ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Undeclared Allergen: Milk Found in Beef Sirloin, Causes Recall

    Approximately 2,645 pounds of beef sirloin products have been recalled, because they contain milk, an allergen that was not on the label. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall, explaining that J&B Group ofSt. Michael,MNdiscovered the problem during a routine label review of its product. No health effects relating to the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Recall of Honeycrisp Apple Cider due to Patulin Contamination

    Consumers are warned to avoid drinking Pepin Heights Orchard’s Honeycrisp Apple Cider products with a use-by-date of February 9, 2012.   Patulin is a mycotoxin and produced by Penicillium, Aspergillus and Byssochylamys molds. It grows on a variety of foods, including fruit, grain, and cheese, but it is a particular threat in apple juice. While the immediate ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Updated Florida Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide available July 20, 2015

    The 3rd edition of the Florida Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide is now available. The updated guide is a convenient, easy-to-use reference to 20 characteristics of 45 rootstocks. It highlights 21 recently released rootstocks, some of which show reduced citrus greening incidence in early field trials. Of the 45 rootstocks, 12 are time-honored commercial ones, 12 are minor commercial ones ...

  • Edible insects inch one step closer

    Farming insects on a large scale is no more of a biological or chemical hazard than other livestock farming, says a report by a European food safety body. The report, which looks at the potential of insects as food or animal feed, says the microbiological, chemical and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • VG Life Sciences Subsidiary, VGEnergy, Hires Chief Science Advisor

    VG Life Sciences (OTC Pink: VGLS) announces that Martin B. Dickman, Ph.D., has joined its subsidiary VGEnergy, as Chief Science Advisor. In concert with the company’s Board of Directors, Dr. Dickman will enhance the scientific rigor of the company’s alternative energy core technology platform and expand development of a pipeline of products that enhance the lipid and sugar production ...


    By VG Energy

  • Grazing management effects on stream pollutants

    Surface water quality is important for the proper function of aquatic ecosystems, as well as human needs and recreation. Pasturelands have been found to be major sources of sediment, phosphorus and pathogens in Midwest surface water resources. While poor grazing management may lead to contaminated surface water, little is known about the specific amount of pollution in pasture streams that can be ...

  • Microbes `cheaper, fairer` for boosting yields than GM

    Adapting microbes that dramatically increase crop yields while reducing demand for fertilisers and pesticides through selective breeding or genetic engineering could be cheaper and more flexible than genetically modifying plants themselves, says an author of a report. Microbes, such as beneficial bacteria, fungi and viruses, could be ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • ‘Science of Soil Health’ Videos Feature OSU Extension Experts

    Soil researchers across the Midwest, including agronomists and scientists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, want to help growers unlock the secrets of soil health to improve yields, lower input costs and increase farm income. A new series of YouTube videos, called “The Science of Soil Health,” is designed to provide new ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Antibiotic-eating bug unearthed in soil

    It’s well known how bacteria exposed to antibiotics for long periods will find ways to resist the drugs—by quickly pumping them out of their cells, for instance, or modifying the compounds so they’re no longer toxic. Now new research has uncovered another possible mechanism of antibiotic “resistance” in soil. In a paper publishing this week in the Journal of ...

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