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  • Where have all the flowers gone?

    Global food production may be approaching another major crisis. Crops around the world are pollinated by honeybees, but bee populations are dying off rapidly due to excessive use of pesticides and other environmental factors. The threat of food production losses is becoming painfully apparent, and the economic, social and environmental costs could be staggering. This growing threat to the global ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ATG: Tyres in service of ‘flowering beauties’

    “Tulips from Amsterdam” have often been sung about, and indeed fields of flowering tulips characterise the Dutch landscape in spring time. Just as other high value crops, tulips require farmers to pay particular attention to the protection of plants and bulbs. That is why R&D engineers at ATG developed the Alliance Row Crop Radial. “These tyres offer superior protection for ...


    By Alliance Tire Group (ATG)

  • Innovative Risk Management Program a First for Ontario`s Greenhouse Flower Growers

    The governments of Canada and Ontario are helping the province's greenhouse industry meet consumer demand for high quality floral products by supporting an innovative, private sector risk management fund.  The industry-designed GreenCHIP fund will provide compensation for lost product and business interruption in the event of a quarantine ordered by the Canada Food Inspection Agency. Flowers ...

  • Patches of flowers boost pollinator diversity and lead to higher crop yields

    Falling levels of insect pollination are causing declining yields of important agricultural crops. However, new research from South Africa now indicates that planting small patches of native flowers in agricultural fields can be a profitable and sustainable method of increasing pollination and yield. Insect pollination is a vital ecosystem service as animal-pollinated crops form an ...

  • April Flowers Bring May Birds – Protect Seeds Early

    The springtime is full of new life and regrowth, especially in the form of garden planting and crop harvesting. Unfortunately, spring garden planting is extremely enticing to pest birds and other animals that are in search of a reliable food source after a long winter. Read on to learn how you can ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • EPA celebrates 20th year as exhibitor in the Philadelphia flower show with best of show award in the non-academic education category

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 exhibit entitled "Palekaiko Nalowale" (Paradise Lost) demonstrates the importance of wetlands and how water provides the basic building block of life as it flows from a cascading brook and emerges from the forest to form a bog wetland. Bogs are wet, spongy areas and visitors to the exhibit will learn about their important ecological function in ...

  • Plants for supporting Orius species

    Orius laevigatus and Orius majusculus are predatory bugs, which are applied in several crops in greenhouses. They can eat many pests species, including nymphs and adults of thrips species, aphids, whtiteflies, eggs of moths, young caterpillars and spider mites. In some crops such as sweet pepper Orius  survives easily. Cut roses are apparently less suitable for oviposition. For ...

  • Biological control of plant bugs in greenhouses

    How can we biologically control the European tarnished plant bug and other plant bugs in the greenhouse? Wageningen UR, Entocare biocontrol CV and breeders have been working on a solution for many years. While a trap with pheromone attractant appears to be a good way, initial results show that the trap requires further optimisation to not only attract bugs but capture them as well. The right ...

  • Florendovirus: new genus of virus in plant genomes

    While the extent and importance of endogenous viral elements have been thoroughly researched in animals, there is a dearth of knowledge when it comes to plants. Within the framework of a broader international effort, researchers at INRA Versailles-Grignon and Cirad have described a new genus of the Caulimoviridae family of viruses, called Florendovirus, whose members have colonised the genomes of ...

  • Fast-Growing Plants Adapt Quickly to Climate Change

    IRVINE, California (ENS) - Plants with short life cycles can adapt in just a few years to climate change, University of California-Irvine, UCI, scientists have discovered. This finding suggests that plants that grow rapidly such as weeds may cope better with global warming than slower-growing plants such as redwood trees. 'Some species evolve fast enough to keep up ...

  • Pest-free plant material thanks to CATT method

    A treatment with warm air rich in CO2 and low in oxygen helps clear plants of nematodes, thrips, mosquito larvae and other pests. “It prevents the uncertainty and resistance issues that come with the use of chemical pest control products,” says research manager Piet Spoorenberg of Wageningen UR. Export in particular faces major risks such as when thrips are found in a batch of ...

  • Some plants are more sensitive to herbicides during reproductive stages of life cycle

    This study assessed the effects of herbicides on non-target plants in Denmark and Canada. The findings showed that some plants are more sensitive to herbicides in the reproductive stages of their life cycle and can experience delays in flowering and reduced seed production. The authors say future ecological assessments should consider reproductive outcomes. Herbicides are some of the most widely ...

  • Bio gas plants. More efficiency using the QZ.

    The production of bio gas from bio mass has become an important branch. Such bio mass consists of renewable raw materials or substrates from field fruit such as, for example, corn, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, cereals, sun flowers or green offcuts. By using the Querstromzerspaner QZ, the objective of producing energy in the form of methane gas can be pursued in a more forceful way. The ...


    By ANDRITZ MeWa GmbH

  • Top 50 Mediterranean Island Plants threatened with extinction

    World Conservation Union launches tool to save Mediterranean native plant diversity Gland, Switzerland, 9 November 2005 (IUCN) - Majorca, Ibiza, Sicily, Crete, Malta – for many, these islands conjure up images of dream holiday destinations. But the natural beauty that draws thousands of visitors to these islands every year is being fast eroded. Many of the close to 25,000 Mediterranean native ...

  • Soil nitrogen increased through greater plant biodiversity

    Increased plant biodiversity improves grassland soil quality by boosting its nitrogen levels, even in the absence of nitrogen-fixing plants, recent research has found. Previous research has shown that grasslands with higher biodiversity had higher levels of carbon and nitrogen. However, in the case of nitrogen it has been suggested that this was purely a result of increased numbers of ...

  • Optimal substrate moisture content determined for high-quality bedding plants

    The bedding plants sold in retail outlets are typically grown in greenhouse production environments where professionals can monitor irrigation, light, and temperature. When the greenhouse-grown plants reach the retail market, however, they are often subjected to a range of less-than-ideal light levels, temperatures, and irrigation schedules that can be detrimental to plant quality and vigor. ...

  • TruLite LED Releases Updated Spectral Output For Their LED Plant Grow Lights

    TruLite LED has officially released their latest update and adjustment to spectral output for their LED plant grow lights. Through continuous research and development of their solid state chip configuration, yields just keep getting better. The use of specific colors in very precise wavelengths in their grow lights is important as research continues. These tweaks are done ...


    By TruLite Industries

  • Top 50 Mediterranean Island Plants Threatened with Extinction Title

    Nicosia, Cyprus and Gland, Switzerland, 6th July 2007 (IUCN) - Cyprus, Crete, Ibiza, Sicily, Malta – for many, these islands conjure up images of dream holiday destinations. But the natural beauty that draws thousands of visitors to these islands every year is being fast eroded. Many of the close to 25,000 Mediterranean native plants that make the region one of the world’s 34 biodiversity ...

  • As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

    On a sun-scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds. The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and possibly offering viable farming alternatives for a future in which rising seas have inundated countless coastal farmlands. Sea rise, one of the consequences of climate change, now ...


    By Associated Press

  • AgroFresh introduces LandSpring technology, an innovative pre-planting application that reduces transplant shock in tomatoes and peppers

    AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGFS), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, has introduced its new LandSpring product, a 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) technology for use on transplanted vegetable seedlings.  LandSpring, currently registered for use on tomato and pepper crops, reduces transplant shock resulting in lower seedling mortality and faster crop establishment, which ...


    By AgroFresh

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