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  • 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 ...

  • Reduced humidity seriously restricts leaf growth of beech trees

    Beech trees are extremely sensitive to drought and are known to be one of the European tree species most at risk from climate change. New research found a dramatic reduction in the leaf growth of young beech trees growing in Central European forests when air conditions were dry, even where there was sufficient moisture in the soil. While previous experiments have shown the damaging effect of ...

  • Light-emitting Diode Sole-source Lighting Effective in Bedding Plant Seedling Production

    In northern latitudes, producers of bedding plants depend on supplemental lighting during the late winter and early spring growing seasons. Unfortunately, these peak times for young plant production are also the darkest. Researchers have determined that a minimum amount of photosynthetic light (daily light integral; DLI) is necessary to produce high-quality young plants in greenhouses. In ...

  • Computer program eases climate change research

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers and colleagues have developed a computer program that allows them to automatically recreate or simulate the environment of remote locations throughout the world inside plant growth chambers. The program, called WeatherEze, which includes an online global map, was developed by Kurt Spokas, a soil scientist at the ARS Soil and Water Management ...

  • High-tech greenhouse research facility for Australian horticulture

    Supported by Wageningen UR Greenhouse horticulture, a new high-tech greenhouse research facility will be built on the campus of University of Western Sydney, 50 km West of Sydney, Australia. Greenhouse horticultural industry is fast developing in Australia. Several new large vegetable production sites have started their operation during the last years, some of them with Dutch technology. ...

  • Valoya expands its selection of professional LED grow lights

    The Valoya C-series is complemented with the C75 DIM, a 1475 mm (5 feet) model in addition to the previously launched 1200 and 1800 mm models (4 and 6 feet). C-series fixtures are ideal for growth rooms and chambers, vertical farms and other demanding applications, where high IP rating and high light intensity is needed. The ultra slim design of C-series allows installation in a limited space and ...


    By Valoya Oy

  • Grass strips help curb erosion, herbicide transport

    Grass filter strips placed in riparian zones not only curb soil erosion, but can help block and degrade the widely used herbicide atrazine, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists report. Atrazine has been used extensively to suppress weeds in corn production for decades, but because it's applied directly to soil it's especially prone to losses in surface runoff. The contamination of ...

  • UV Treated Wastewater Irrigating Arizona Golf Courses

    UV treated wastewater is being used to irrigate two golf courses in the town of Anthem in Arizona, USA. Founded less than 10 years ago, Anthem, a town just north of Phoenix, now has a population of over 40,000. As part of its rapid expansion the town recently installed Berson UV disinfection technology to ensure its water and wastewater is as clean as possible. The closed chamber, medium ...

  • New irrigation strategies for pecans in humid climates

    Georgia is the largest pecan producing state in the U.S. Although this humid region receives an average of 127 cm or more rainfall annually, periods of moisture stress can occur during the pecan growing season, particularly during August and September when pecans are in the kernel-filling stage and water demand is at its peak. Pecan producers throughout the region depend on irrigation strategies ...

  • Eaton’s South Bend Facility Named One of Indiana’s Best Places to Work

    Power management company Eaton today announced that its South Bend, Indiana, facility was named one of the state’s “Best Places to Work” in 2014 by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The sites were selected by the Best Companies Group, which oversees programs in 23 states, based on employer benefits and policies, as well as comprehensive employee engagement and satisfaction ...


    By Eaton Corporation

  • Argus Control Systems used in Alberta’s first licensed cannabis grow-op

    After applying for a license with Health Canada approximately two years ago, Aurora Cannabis Inc. will officially start production this spring. Their brand new $11 million state-of-the-art facility, located in the rural community of Cremona within the Rocky Mountains, will be the first employer and provider of medicinal marijuana in the province. ...


    By Conviron

  • CropLife Asia Makes the Case in Malaysia for Crop Protection Regulatory Harmonization for ASEAN

    At the fourth ASEAN-EU Business Summit held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur today, CropLife Asia's Executive Director Dr. Siang Hee Tan spoke about the benefits a common regulatory framework for crop protection products would bring to the member states of ASEAN - among them, providing farmers with greater access to the tools and technology to ensure future food security across the ...


    By CropLife Asia

  • ADM to Acquire GrainCorp

    Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) announced today that it has completed due diligence on GrainCorp Limited (ASX: GNC) and intends to make a cash offer to acquire the outstanding common shares of the company for A$12.20 per share under the terms of the takeover bid implementation deed signed with GrainCorp last week. “We believe the offer delivers strong value for both ...

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