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  • Agrochemicals worry Argentines

    Argentina's agricultural industry has been dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996. A country once known for its grass-fed beef is now dominated by soy, corn and cotton. Soy harvests alone have tripled, ranking Argentina as the world's third largest soybean producer. But the pesticides powering this boom are poorly controlled and used in ways that were ...


    By Associated Press

  • New rice strain could help farmers predetermine harvest time

    A new strain of rice that flowers within a certain period of time after being sprayed with commercial chemicals commonly used to protect rice from fungal diseases is now available, say Japanese scientists. This new strain could one day allow rice farmers to dictate the timing of their harvest regardless of weather, temperature and other conditions that currently affect cultivation. Temperature, ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Explosives go `green` ... and get more precise

    Certain explosives may soon get a little greener and a little more precise. LLNL researchers added unique green solvents (ionic liquids) to an explosive called TATB (1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene) and improved the crystal quality and chemical purity of the material. This work, supported under the Transformational Materials Initiative (TMI) Laboratory Research and Development project, ...

  • Farming and knowledge monocultures are misconceived

    Food needs can be met with a new vision for agriculture and science, say Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas. In mainstream policy and corporate thinking, scientific knowledge and global markets are considered key for food ...


    By SciDev.Net

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