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  • Hormones in wastewater disrupt fish reproduction over generations

    Synthetic oestrogens in wastewater from contraceptive pills can have effects on fish reproduction and survival that worsen over several generations, new research has found. The study suggests that some fish populations may not be able to recover from levels of oestrogen pollution found in many freshwater environments. Freshwater ecosystems are increasingly under threat from both climate change ...

  • Newly identified enzymes help plants sense elevated CO2 and could lead to water-wise crops

    Biologists have identified plant enzymes that may help to engineer plants that take advantage of elevated carbon dioxide to use water more efficiently. The finding could help to engineer crops that take advantage of rising greenhouse gases. Plants take in the carbon dioxide they need for photosynthesis through microscopic breathing pores in the surface of leaves. But for each molecule of the gas ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Don`t blame the pill

    Contrary to popular belief, birth control pills account for less than 1% of the oestrogens found in the nation's drinking water supplies. This was the conclusion of research scientists after conducting a study on the topic, the results of which appear in the American Chemical Society's bi-weekly journal Environmental Science & Technology. The hormone oestrogen is a source of concern ...

  • Asteroid Soil Could Fertilise Farms in Space

    OK, so we’re not quite ready to supply horizontal storage tanks and vertical storage tanks for farms in space just yet and we don’t think there will be a huge demand for rainwater tanks either, but an interesting article in New Scientist details how there is enough fertilizer zipping around in space to grow crops for generations of space colonisers and can be found on asteroids. It ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • What`s for dinner? Genetically engineered salmon OK`d by FDA

    What's for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States. Critics call it "frankenfish," but the Food and Drug Administration granted its approval on Thursday, saying the faster-growing salmon is safe to eat. It could be available in a couple of years. "There are no biologically relevant ...


    By Associated Press

  • Bee pollination improves crop quality as well as quantity

    Bee pollination improves the shape, weight and shelf-life of strawberries, contributing a staggering €1.05 billion to the European strawberry market per year, new research suggests. By blocking bees from a set of plants, the researchers demonstrated the substantial effects of bee pollination on the quality of the fruit. It is well established that insect pollination increases the quantity of ...

  • Nature`s Best, LLC, to Pay $19,669 Civil Penalty for Violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

    Nature’s Best, LLC, of Inwood, Iowa, has agreed to pay a $19,669 civil penalty to resolve violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The penalty stems from 20 alleged sales or distributions of 18 different unregistered pesticide products, including plant regulators, insecticides, and fungicides, and one count for production of pesticides in a facility ...

  • Abscisic acid treatments can prevent tomato blossom-end rot

    Plants are subjected to numerous environmental stresses -- drought, extreme temperatures, and excess light can all affect plant growth and quality. Looking for methods to improve the quality of tomato plants, researchers at the University of Tennessee turned to abscisic acid, a plant hormone known to help plants acclimate to these types of severe environmental stresses. The research results and ...

  • Increased oestrogen pollution in European rivers could affect development of brown trout

    Brown trout (Salmo trutta) embryos exposed to oestrogen during development hatched earlier, grew more slowly and had a lower heart rate than unexposed individuals, according to a recent Swiss study. These findings may indicate that oestrogen pollution in some European rivers is contributing to the decline of wild populations of such species. Endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) affect ...

  • EPA Announces Settlement of Three Pesticides Enforcement Actions

    The Environmental Protection Agency announced three enforcement actions against Missouri pesticides distributors for violations related to sales or distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides. All three cases involved the sale and distribution of plant growth regulators, which are regulated as pesticides by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). FIFRA defines ...

  • Agdia Releases New Molecular Test for Avocado Sunblotch Viroid

    Agdia, Inc. (Elkhart, IN) has commercialized a Nucleic Acid Hybridization Assay for Avocado sunblotch viroid (ASBVd). ASBVd is found in avocado growing regions worldwide.  Trees that are infected with ASBVd can result in a loss of yield and / or production of unmarketable fruit.  However, symptoms are not always present making pro-active testing a critical disease control ...


    By Agdia Incorporated

  • China`s agricultural patents on the rise

    [BEIJING] Patent applications for agricultural innovations, particularly for genetically modified (GM) crops, have surged in China in the past decade, according to intellectual property experts. Statistics from the China Center for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (CCIPA) show that applications doubled between 2002 and 2008, from 4,500 to 9,300. The rise is against a backdrop of even ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Oakhurst Acquired by a Farmer Owned Cooperative

    It was announced today that Oakhurst was acquired by Dairy Farmers of America, a national dairy farmer-owned cooperative. Oakhurst will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America and will continue to operate independently.  The Bennett family, which has owned Oakhurst since 1921, and the existing management team will continue to manage the company’s day-to-day ...

  • Bion Announces Approval of New U.S. Patent

    Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB/QB: BNET) announced today that it has been notified that its U.S. Patent application 12/713,011 entitled "Method for Treating Nitrogen in Waste Streams" has been approved.  The patent application was made on February 25, 2010; upon publication and issuance, the patent will be officially granted and will remain in force until 2029.   ...

  • Bion Announces New Canadian Patent Issued

     Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC QB/BB: BNET) announced today that it was notified that on January 15, 2013 the Canadian Patent Office granted and issued Canadian Patent Number 2,428,417 entitled "Low Oxygen Organic Waste Bioconversion System."  This patent was applied for November 8, 2001and will remain in force until November 8, 2021. The new patent provides protection of ...

  • Farming in cities could help feed the world

    With traditional food production under threat from climate change, we should switch from agriculture to cell culture, says Lucía Atehortúa. If climate change begins to limit the global production of food and energy crops, it will be necessary to develop a new system of food production. Imagine agriculture in small spaces, using high-tech tools such as ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Bion Issues Report on Local Environmental Benefits Resulting from Onsite Livestock Waste Treatment at Kreider Farms

     Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC QB/BB: BNET) today issued two reports on the local environmental benefits that result from its Kreider Farms Project and potential future livestock waste treatment projects.  Bion recently commissioned a study that was conducted by Barry Evans, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, to assess the ...

  • Bion Announces Initial Success of Advanced Separation Technology Pilot -- Enables Improved Asset Recovery, Further Reductions of N & P, Increased Sustainability at Lower Cost

    Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB/QB: BNET) announced today positive initial results of the advanced separation technology the Company is piloting at its livestock waste treatment facility at Kreider Farms in Manheim, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In mid-July, Bion began conducting (invitation-only) tours for various stakeholders to showcase the new solids separation technology, now ...

  • Bion - Kreider Project Grand Opening Follow Up

    Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC: BNET) and Kreider Farms recently held the grand opening of Bion's livestock waste treatment project that utilizes its patented micro-aerobic digestion technology to reduce environmental impacts to the Chesapeake Bay. The event was held at the Kreider Farms dairy facility in Manheim, Lancaster ...

  • NRDC and Berkeley Food Institute Announce Winners of the 2014 Growing Green Awards

    Today, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) celebrate four remarkable leaders who are advancing sustainable food and agriculture at the sixth annual Growing Green Awards. Chosen from hundreds of nominations submitted across the country by a renowned panel of judges, the 2014 ...

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