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  • Dense planting no obstacle to growth – if the trees are cloned

    It isn’t competition for nutrients that make densely planted trees give a worse yield per hectare. The problem is actually genetics. So said World Bioenergy Award winner Professor Laércio Couta at the World Bioenergy conference in Jönköping, Sweden. Laércio Couta won the World Bioenergy Award for his work on eucalyptus cultivation in Brazil. At the conference ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Rapid growth in videoprobe hire

    In response to escalating demand for industrial endoscopes and videoscopes, instrumentation specialist Ashtead Technology has added the latest Olympus models to its fleet. As a consequence, Marketing Manager Stewart Curtis believes that Ashtead Technology now has the largest stock of rental videoprobes and borescopes anywhere in Europe. Speculating on the reasons behind this development, Stewart ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • 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

  • Cassava disease monitoring goes mobile

    Mobile phones are the unlikely weapons being used to fight cassava disease in Tanzania, in a collaboration between scientists and farmers. As part of the Digital Early Warning Network (DEWN) farmers from ten districts in the Lake Zone region of Tanzania will be trained to recognise the symptoms of Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD). They will then send monthly ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Q&A: A plant lab in the palm of your hand

    PhotosynQ, a project based at the University of Michigan in the United States, aims to help plant scientists around the world gather data through a cheap hand-held device called MultispeQ for scanning plant material.  By connecting the device to a smartphone, researchers can use it to collect information about how efficiently a plant photosynthesises, for example, as well ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • SA growers advised to monitor crops as stripe rust emerges

    South Australian grain producers are encouraged to closely monitor wheat crops following the first reports of stripe rust for the season. ‘Hot spots’ of stripe rust have been found in several paddocks of Wyalkatchem wheat near Balaklava and Dublin and in crops of Kukri and Marombi wheat near Roseworthy. SARDI senior plant pathologist Dr Hugh Wallwork said the rust had probably blown in from ...

  • LG display and client firms to take part in UNEP plant for the planet: billion tree Campaign

    The LG Display Company, a leading firm of electronic monitors and headquarted in Korea, today announced that it will participate with client firms in the United Nations Environment Programme"s (UNEP) Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign. As part of this initiative, LG Display signed an agreement with UNEP to participate in the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign in Busan. UN ...

  • Mission Increases Jatropha Oil Supply by 4.7 million Barrels Completing the 2011 Planting Season

    Mission NewEnergy Limited (NASDAQ:MNEL) (ASX:MBT), a global provider of environmentally sustainable biofuels, is pleased to announce that it has materially completed its 2011 Jatropha tree planting season, adding 40,264 new acres and 14,331 new Jatropha contract farmers. The Company has reported strong progress on the expansion of its acreage profile and now has ...


    By Mission NewEnergy Limited

  • 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. ...

  • Seaweed extract benefits petunia, tomato transplants

    Seaweed extracts are used widely in agriculture and horticulture production systems. Benefits of the extracts can include early seed germination and establishment, improved crop performance and yield, increased resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, and enhanced postharvest shelf life. A study in the August 2015 issue of HortTechnology determined the effects of rockweed extract, applied as a ...

  • India joins UNEP`s Billion Tree Campaign

    The Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr. Vijay Sharma, announced today that India has joined the United Nations Environment Programme's Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign (BTC) by planting two billion trees since 2007, bringing the international campaign's total to date to over 10 billion planted trees worldwide. India is one of Asia's fastest growing economies and ...

  • Impact of volunteer GM maize on conventional crops is low

    A recent EU-supported study has analysed the development of volunteer or 'rogue' GM (genetically modified) maize plants in a conventional crop field. It finds that their numbers are low and do not exceed the EU's threshold of 0.9 per cent for incidental GM content. Scientific data on the role of maize volunteers on cross-pollination is limited. The most detailed studies have been conducted in ...

  • Satellites help keep Chesapeake Bay clean

    Space-age technologies to help Maryland implement and monitor an expanded winter cover crop program that is vital to the Chesapeake Bay's health are being developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Beltsville, Md. Soil scientist Gregory McCarty and colleagues Dean Hively, Ali Sadeghi and Megan Lang with the ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville are ...

  • 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 ...

  • Increasing potato production

    Despite sophisticated nutrient management of potato crops, quality and yield still see wide variability. Although nutrients are already well understood, the influence of other environmental factors remains understudied. A research team from Michigan State University conducted a study to determine how the chemical and physical properties of soil, along with the light waves the plant absorbs and ...

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