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  • Vermicompost leachate improves tomato seedling growth

    Worldwide, drought conditions, extreme temperatures, and high soil saline content all have negative effects on tomato crops. These natural processes reduce soil nutrient content and lifespan, result in reduced plant growth and yield, and ultimately translate to lower profits for tomato producers. As an alternative to unsustainable practices such as the use of synthetic fertilizers, producers are ...

  • Greg Barker plants seeds for growth in microgeneration industry

    Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today launched a formal consultation document on the coalition’s Microgeneration Strategy. When coupled with the roll out of smart meters and the Green Deal – the coalition’s national energy efficiency programme - small scale power generation could help to reduce bills and make people more energy self sufficient. The Strategy will investigate ...

  • USD 10-million facility for studying climate change effects on plant growth opens at IRRI

    On a hot, breezy afternoon on 21 January 2016, an international gathering of agricultural scientists and development officials dedicated the Lloyd T. Evans Plant Growth Facility (PGF) on the campus of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The opening of the USD 10 million state-of-the-art facility manifests IRRI’s commitment to better understand the effects of climate change on ...

  • Getting to the root of plants

    A diverse team of researchers from Europe, Asia and the USA have unearthed new information on how roots grow and develop. Specifically, how roots are able to move out sideways out of the central root and into the soil. Their discovery has opened the way to further research that may eventually lead to the creation of new crops with improved root structure, improving their chances of survival in ...

  • Third quarter 2013: sales growth accelerating

    Sales up 11 percent at constant exchange rates to $2.9 billion Strong start to Latin American season Full year sales target maintained Exceptional US corn seed production yields: 2013 inventory write-down Sales in the third quarter of 2013 increased by 11 percent at constant exchange rates. ...


    By Syngenta

  • Improving wheat yields for global food security

    With the world’s population set to reach 8.9 billion by 2050, CSIRO scientists are hunting down and exploiting a number of wheat’s key genetic traits in a bid to substantially boost its grain yield. The rate of wheat-yield improvement achievable through conventional plant breeding and genetic engineering alone is not fast enough to compete with a rapidly growing global ...

  • Revolutionary technology improves lettuce harvest yields

    BiOWiSH™, a breakthrough enzyme technology, has boosted hydroponic lettuce weights by up to 30% at harvest time, according to results of a recent trial. The new technology was adopted during multiple full growing cycles at the Glenorie Hydroponics lettuce farm in New South Wales, Australia. The results showed BiOWiSH™ treated lettuce were 17% to 30% heavier at harvest time for red and ...


    By BiOWiSH Technologies

  • World conservation centre to improve deforestation monitoring

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and California State University, Chico have announced the appointment of Dr. Jeff Price as Senior Fellow for Climate Change and Biodiversity at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK. Paul Zingg, President of CSU Chico, said today 'I am delighted with this new relationship with UNEP-WCMC because it will allow Jeff Price to ...

  • Linde achieves record levels and is set for further growth

    Linde AG / Linde achieves record levels and is set for further growth Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. 2010 financial year:Group sales up 14.8 percent ...


    By Thomson Reuters

  • Slash-and-burn `improves tropical forest biodiversity`

    Slash-and-burn agricultural practices, banned by governments because of the risk of uncontrolled fires, provide better growing conditions for valuable new trees than more modern methods of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Dürr targets profitable growth of 5 to 10% p.a.

    After the difficult year 2009, Dürr is looking ahead to the future again, and aims to grow sales by 5 to 10% in each of the coming three years. The profitable growth is to be driven above all by the company’s strong position in high demand markets such as China, India, and Brazil. “We increased our order intake in China by 62% in 2009, and the positive trend there was sustained without break in ...

  • New foliar nutrient to improve sugar beet yields

    How it works The early growth stage is crucial to sugar beet yield, as sugar accumulation begins from very early in the growth cycle. Optimising nutrition during this important early phase encourages more even, healthy leaf growth and more productive photosynthesis when the sun shines. With the higher nutrient demand of sugar beet for NPK, Magnesium and essential micronutrients such ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • DSM reports strong Q2 results with solid growth

    ·         Q2 EBITDA from continuing operations €339 million, above both Q2 2010 and Q1 2011 ·         Strong Life Sciences results driven by robust growth in Nutrition ...


    By DSM

  • Significant progress made in first year of The Good Growth Plan

    Syngenta has published the first update on progress towards meeting the six ambitious commitments in The Good Growth Plan, which was launched in 2013 to support the future sustainability of agriculture and rural communities. Syngenta established a global network of over 3,500 reference and benchmark farms in 2014. ...


    By Syngenta

  • Improved soil water sensors aid in irrigation management

    Agriculture, a large user of water for irrigation, is under pressure to reduce water use. Increased urban population growth has created more competition for limited water supplies. While growers have used soil moisture probes to aid in irrigation management in the past, earlier probes required maintenance or were expensive or inadequate.  New electronic sensors have been developed that require ...

  • USAID, Syngenta Collaborate to Improve Global Food Security

    New commitment to enabling access to technology and capacity building will help smallholder farmers in developing countries. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Syngenta International AG to support agriculture and food security activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Under this MOU, USAID and Syngenta will ...


    By Syngenta

  • Soil biodiversity reduces nitrogen pollution and improves crops’ nutrient uptake

    Increased soil biodiversity can reduce nitrogen pollution, improve nutrient uptake by plants and even increase crop yields, new research suggests. The two-year study found that levels of nitrogen leaching from soil with an abundant soil life were nearly 25% lower than for soil with a reduced level of soil life. Practices which enhance soil biodiversity such as reduced tilling, crop rotation and ...

  • Ahlstrom interim report January-September 2010: sales growth continued

    July-September 2010 compared to July-September 2009: Net sales EUR 482.4 million (EUR 400.6 million), up 20.4%. Operating profit EUR 16.9 million (EUR 13.1 million). The figure includes non-recurring items of EUR 0.3 million (EUR -4.4 million). Profit before taxes EUR 8.3 million (EUR 7.3 million), and earnings per share EUR 0.06 (EUR 0.10). Net cash ...


    By Ahlstrom-Munksjö

  • Better water management could improve global crop production

    A new global study is the first to quantify the potential of water management strategies to increase crop production. It indicates that a combination of harvesting run-off water and reducing evaporation from soil could increase global crop production by 20 per cent. The EU has recognised the impact of climate change on water and the subsequent effects on agriculture in its white paper on ...

  • Strengthening rural communities and improving conservation: an interview with David Kaimowitz

    In July, the Ford Foundation announced a five-year, US$85 million initiative to address climate change through the inclusion and empowerment of rural and indigenous people. David Kaimowitz, the foundation's director of sustainable development, talks with Research Fellow Molly Theobald about the new initiative and what he hopes it will ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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