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  • Race is on to feed warming world

    It can take up to 30 years to improve a crop variety, test it and persuade farmers to adopt it. That means the speed of climate change in Africa could make a new variety of maize useless even before the first harvest, according to new research. But two separate studies that address the challenge of food security in a rapidly ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Computer model helps with early prediction of mycotoxins in grain

    Increased mycotoxin contamination Climate change will likely result in increased contamination of grain with mycotoxins (toxins from fungi). Early prediction of the growth of these fungi can help farmers make effective choices regarding the use of fungicides, the best harvest time and other aspects. This strategy can reduce the risk of crop failure and help to prevent contamination of ...

  • Bentley receives top honors at construction computing awards 2010 in two categories

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced that Bentley’s GenerativeComponents V8i technology preview and use of social media received top honors at the Construction Computing Awards 2010 ...


    By Bentley Systems Incorporated

  • News Alert: Bentley receives top Honors at construction computing awards 2010 in two categories

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced that Bentley’s GenerativeComponents V8i technology preview and use of social media received top honors at the Construction Computing Awards 2010 ...


    By Bentley Systems Incorporated

  • Water reform urgently needed in Asia to feed extra 1.5bn people by 2050, says new report

    A comprehensive new study of irrigation in Asia warns that, without major reforms and innovations in the way water is used for agriculture, many developing nations face the politically risky prospect of having to import more than a quarter of the rice, wheat and maize they will need by 2050. This warning, along with related forecasts and possible solutions, appear in a report entitled, ...

  • New hygienic DBW-400 belt weigher

    Flexibility with regard to recipe changeover and process reliability is called for when processing bulk materials. Gericke has therefore developed an entirely new belt weigher which has been designed to meet these requirements. Gericke has thereby set new standards in the field of continuous feeding technology.  The new hygienic DBW-400 belt weigher has been engineered to take on ...


    By Gericke

  • Embargoed until 00.01hrs Sunday 12 September 2010: fish with chips to help Defra predict future stocks

    Sensors similar to those used in computer games consoles are to be planted into fish to help scientists better understand their movements under water. Scientists from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) are looking to pilot the technology as part of their research into fish habits which will ultimately help with predictions about future fish stocks. ...

  • New software helps farmers manage nutrients

    University of Missouri Extension has released a new Web-based application to help farmers manage soil nutrient needs on farms. Nutrient management helps farmers set rates and timing of fertilizer applications, said John Lory, MU Extension nutrient management specialist. Plans are required for some farms in cost-share programs and permitted animal feeding operations. The free MMPTracker tool is ...

  • Lanarkshire companies fined over double fatality

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned companies of the dangers of failing to ensure machinery is properly isolated before cleaning or maintenance is carried out following the deaths of two workers. The two employees of Galloway and MacLeod Ltd, Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, were killed on 26 November 2005, when they were cleaning inside an animal feed mixer which started up unexpectedly and ...

  • Crunching genomes to boost animal health

    FAO has chosen the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as a designated reference centre to expand its access to state-of the-art technology in combating dangerous viral infections, including avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease, in farm animals and wildlife. The SIB is equipped with high performance computers, ...

  • Parasitic plants cause huge damage to rice crops in Africa

    Parasitic plants – plants that penetrate another plant and grow at its expense – have caused some $200 million worth of damage to the African rice harvest this year, at the cost of 15 million meals a day. If no effective measures are developed and implemented against these parasites, the damage will increase over the coming years by some $30 million a year. This has been revealed by a ...

  • Dangerous nitrogen pollution could be halved

    The most important fertilizer for producing food is, at the same time, one of the most important risks for human health: nitrogen. Chemical compounds containing reactive nitrogen are major drivers of air and water pollution worldwide, and hence of diseases like asthma or cancer. If no action is taken, nitrogen pollution could rise by 20 percent by 2050 in a middle-of-the-road scenario, according ...

  • UV water disinfection in fish farms and hatcheries

    To protect fish farms and hatcheries from outbreaks of water-borne diseases, water treatment specialist Hanovia Limited has developed a high intensity UV disinfection system. Capable of treating up to 700m3/hr of both fresh or sea water with at least a 99.99% kill rate, the UV system can be used to treat both incoming and recirculation water, allowing flexibility in the choice of site and a rapid ...

  • Rubisco activase best clue for better photosynthesis in fluctuating light

    Scientists and plant breeders who are aiming to improve food production by improving photosynthesis in crop plants, would make a good choice if they chose to change the composition and concentration of the protein Rubisco activase. In conditions where light intensity changes often and strongly, Rubisco activase is an important limiting factor in boosting the photosynthesis process when light ...

  • Scientists help farmers create greener dairies

    Cows stand patiently in a tent-like chamber at a research farm in western Wisconsin, waiting for their breath to be tested. Outside, corrals have been set up with equipment to measure gas wafting from the ground. A nearby corn field contains tools that allow researchers to assess the effects of manure spread as fertilizer. Scientists based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have started a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Advanced Valoya LED Solution for Queen Mary University of London

    Valoya drives Queen Mary University’s research into higher yields in agricultural crops in collaboration with Microsoft Valoya (Helsinki, Finland), a leading provider of advanced plant lighting systems, worked with Microsoft Corp. to create next generation of state of the art lighting system using Valoya’s advanced LED lights, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure ...


    By Conviron

  • Use of residues from agriculture and forestry as energy source improves food security

    The sustainability of growing crops for use as energy sources has been disputed for many years. A potentially attractive alternative is to use waste and residues from agricultural and forestry. However, using waste and other residues may have an impact on land use, biodiversity and food security. The additional sources of income from the sale of waste and other residues could prompt an increase ...

  • American society of agronomy

    Recycling manure is an important practice, especially for large livestock producers. Manure can be used as fertilizer to aid in crop production, aiding livestock producers that grow their own feed crops. While manure does provide a rich nutrient source for crops, it also can contribute to nutrient leaching and runoff. This can contaminate the surrounding ecosystem and lead to eutrophication of ...

  • Peregrine Chick Hatch Watch

    Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this release. Follow two female peregrines and their growing families in Edmonton, Alberta. One peregrine cam is following a falcon known as E4. She's currently raising her two chicks on the Bell Tower, the highest and most coveted nesting spot in the city, where she's been the reigning peregrine since 2004. Her chicks are three weeks old today ...


  • Crowcon Carbon Dioxide Detectors Keep Workers Safe in Italian Winery

    -CellarSafe and Xgard fixed CO2 detectors monitor gas levels in cellars-   The Selvapiana winery in Italy’s Tuscany region is using Crowcon’s CellarSafe and Xgard fixed CO2 gas detectors to protect workers in the winery’s cellars. The units were installed by Parsec S.r.l., a company which works closely with Crowcon in the ...

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