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  • Japan Farmers Seek Aid For Radiation Zone Cattle

    A pair of Japanese farmers whose livelihoods were wrecked by the 2011 nuclear disaster staged a protestFriday at Tokyo's agriculture ministry, scuffling briefly with police as they unsuccessfully tried to unload a bull from a truck. Masami Yoshizawa and fellow farmer Naoto Matsumura have remained at their farms seeking to care for their own and ...


    By Associated Press

  • Drought drives decade-long decline in plant growth

    NASA-funded researchers Maosheng Zhao and Steven Running, of the University of Montana in Missoula, USA, discovered the global shift during an analysis of NASA satellite data. Compared with a 6% increase spanning two earlier decades, the recent ten-year decline is slight, just 1%. The shift, however, could impact food security, biofuels, and the global carbon cycle. The discovery comes from an ...


  • Planting forests at high latitudes can have a cooling effect

    A new study based on high-resolution satellite observations of forests suggests the 'albedo', or reflectivity, of a forest needs to be carefully considered in afforestation schemes designed to mitigate climate change, i.e. carbon balance alone is not a good indicator of mitigation value. The authors argue that the Kyoto Protocol carbon accounting rules grossly overestimate the cooling caused by ...

  • New plant varieties developed to thrive despite climate change

    Nuclear technology is helping scientists unmask the hidden potential in plants, allowing plant breeders to develop new crop varieties that can withstand external stress such as drought, often brought about by climate change. Experts believe that climate change will affect the suitability of land for different types of crops, livestock, fish and pasture. It will also have an impact on the health ...

  • 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

  • Japan nuke-plant water tanks flawed, workers say

    When tons of radioactive water leaked from a storage tank at Fukushima's crippled nuclear power plant and other containers hurriedly put up by the operator encountered problems, Yoshitatsu Uechi was not surprised. He wonders if one of the tanks he built will be next. He's an auto mechanic. He was a tour-bus driver for a while. He had no experience building tanks or working at a nuclear plant, but ...


    By Associated Press

  • ArborGen Continues Support of “Plant a Tree at Flight 93” Reforestation Efforts

    ArborGen, the world leader in the development and commercialization of technologies that improve the productivity of trees, announced that for the second consecutive year it has supported the “Plant a ...


    By National Park Service

  • 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

  • Trees are our friends - right?

    Scientists working at the University of Calgary have found that methane emissions by plants could possibly be a bigger issue than once thought. It could be playing a bigger role in global warming than many scientists consider. According to the study when crops are exposed to various environmental factors which are part and parcel of climate change such as increased temperature, ultraviolet-B ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Tasty strawberries with LEDs

    Strawberries taste better when they are illuminated in the autumn. The vitamin C content and the production has increased as well. That is the result of research by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Hortriculture. Strawberries were planted on 20 August in a greenhouse of IDC Flavour at Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk. Three lighting systems and five different varieties are being ...

  • Where is your soil water? Crop yield has the answer

    Crop yield is highly dependent on soil plant-available water, the portion of soil water that can be taken up by plant roots. Quantitative determination of the maximum amount of plant-available water in soil using traditional methods on soil samples remains challenging, especially at the scale of an entire field. However, a map of plant-available water capacity for a field would be instrumental in ...

  • Purfresh Expands Solar Crop Protectant Product Line with Purshade Ultra

    Purfresh, a leading provider of clean technologies that purify, protect, and preserve the global food supply chain, today introduced Purshade® Ultra, a next-generation solar stress protectant scientifically engineered to provide advanced ultraviolet (UV) protection for crops. Purshade Ultra, formulated with premium materials and advanced chemistry, is the latest member of the Purshade family of ...


  • Sterile pest could do away with Bt cotton in Arizona

    Farmers in Arizona, United States, have all but eradicated a major pest from their land using a combination of genetically modified cotton and billions of sterilised versions of the pest's parent moth. The farmers had been growing Btcotton for several years. The cotton is genetically engineered to produce Bt toxin, which kills pink bollworm, a serious cotton pest. Bt cotton had reduced the pest ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • BiOWiSH™-Crop receives Organic Certification

    July 13, 2011  For Immediate Release CHICAGO, IL - The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has issued a certification approving BiOWiSH™-Crop as an organic material. The certification allows organic farmers throughout the United States to use BiOWiSH-Crop™ as a fertilizer and soil amendment on all crop types. ...


    By BiOWiSH Technologies

  • Advanticsys Greenhouses monitoring and control solutions at International Fair in Chile

    Epssilon Networks , one of our worldwide strategic partners, have shown ADVANTICSYS greenhouses monitoring and control technologies at the Flores y Viveros International Exhibition Fair at Quillota, Chile on the 25th and 26th November 2014. ...

  • Rise in CO2 could restrict growing days for crops

    The positive consequences of climate change may not be so positive. Although plants in the colder regions are expected to thrive as average global temperatures rise, even this benefit could be limited. Some tropical regions could lose up to 200 growing days a year, and more than two billion rural people could see their hopes wither on the vine or in the field. Even in temperate zones, there will ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Climate change accelerates maturing of grape in wine production

    “The increase in temperatures and of CO2 levels – the consequences of climate change – accelerates the maturing of grapes in wine production, affecting colour and possibly aromas”. This was the conclusion of the PhD thesis defended by Johann Martínez-Lüscher, undertaken jointly by the University of Navarra and the University of Bordeaux. The biologist ...

  • Greenhouse gases reach record levels

    The main greenhouse gases have reached their highest levels recorded since pre-industrial times, according to the World Meteorological Organization's 2009 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The report also highlights concerns that global warming may lead to even greater emissions of methane from Arctic areas. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Nitrogen use by warm-season grasses for biomass production

    Perennial, warm-season grasses are being evaluated as potential renewable energy crops. These species are well-suited for the production of biomass for energy applications because they utilize C4 photosynthesis and are perennial. Grasses that employ the C4 photosynthetic pathway use water, nitrogen (N), and solar radiation more efficiently than plants having the C3 pathway, and therefore are ...

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