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  • Reinforcement of soil by plant roots

    Landslides have devastating impacts across the globe resulting in the loss of life and the destruction of billions of dollars in infrastructure. Soil erosion from wind and water threatens food production, pollutes the environment, and can make living in major cities such as Beijing almost unbearable during dust storms. Just like the great dust bowl of the 1930s, many instances of soil erosion and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Unearthing the Roots of Fungal Symbioses

    To understand the bases of mutualistic symbiosis between soil mycorrhizal fungi and plants, an international consortium of researchers conducted the first broad, comparative phylogenomic analysis of mycorrhizal fungi. Scientists describe how the comparative analyses of 18 new fungal genomes allowed them to track the evolution of symbiotic fungi interacting with trees, heath plants and orchids. ...

  • Root strength in OSR and winter cereals

    We should never underestimate the importance of roots. Good plant roots are essential for water and nutrient uptake and as such have a significant influence on crop health and yield. Whatever the autumn weather, stimulating the development of deeper root systems will improve the plant’s ability to access the nutrients and water required for establishment and early growth. ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • UNEP tree-planting campaign takes root in East Africa

    Hundreds of people from different walks of life - from young schoolchildren to army officials - are planting trees across East Africa in the latest activities to be registered under Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign (BTC) run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As part of the event, which is the fourth installment of the annual Play for the Planet initiative,UNEP will ...

  • Rooting out poverty with the E-Tree programme in China

    The third phase of the China E-Tree Programme, a web-based platform to mobilize resources and public participation for tree planting, was launched today at a ceremony in Beijing to commemorate the UN International Year of the Forests and in celebration of China's Arbor Day tomorrow. The E-Tree programme is a multi-partnership initiative involving government agencies, the private sector, media and ...

  • Root-imaging technology could improve crop resilience

    Mexican researchers have welcomed a breakthrough in imaging plant roots, saying it could help breeders develop new varieties of crops that can thrive in harsh conditions. The technique uses X-ray computed tomography to build up a three-dimensional image by scanning through 360 degrees, a technology commonly used in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Greening China - Canadian trees takes root in China

    Ontario's official tree, the Eastern White Pine, has found a new home in China. It's one of several several tree species that Canadian companies like Maple Leaf Reforestation (MLR) and the Sino-Forest Corporation (SFC) are producing in China as part of a massive reforestation effort. China said in its most recent five-year plan that it aims to add 31-million acres of forest by 2015. In 2005, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Global well-being: rooted in the world`s forests

    This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post Environmental Leadership supplement on April 20, 2011, and is reposted with permission. This year, 2011, has been declared the International Year of Forests, and while a few bright spots exist, forests today face a host of challenges. Mounting pressures from agricultural expansion, rapid economic development, and growing demand for products ...

  • A worldwide network of seed information is taking root

    As an increasingly bloody civil war raged around them, a team of scientists in the Syrian capital Aleppo quietly packaged and shipped a series of nondescript cardboard boxes to an island not far from the North Pole. The boxes bore no sign of the conflict that had surrounded them or the precious material ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Climate-smart farming takes root in Kenya

    Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country. In keeping with the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA) of Kenya 2010-2015 and Kenya's vision 2030, ...

  • Combating pest insects in the soil with root-colonizing insecticidal fungi

    The biological control of pest insects in the soil has come one step closer. Wageningen UR has isolated five promising fungi that kill 90 to 100 per cent of the grubs and crane fly larvae, and which also survive well in the soil when there are no pest insects present. It is expected that these insecticidal fungi will also be effective against other pest insects in the soil. Surviving ...

  • Root hydraulic conductance linked to trees` post-transplant recovery

    Survival of field-grown trees grown for transplanting into landscapes depends on many factors, such as transplant timing and tree size. Species-specific characteristics also contribute to trees' ability to withstand and survive environmental stresses. In a newly published study researchers report on the relationship between tree roots' hydraulic conductance -- the roots' ability to take up water ...

  • RainWise, Inc. Celebrates 41 Years Of Service With Agricultural Roots

    RainWise, Inc., www.rainwise.com, is pleased to be celebrating more than 40 years of devotion to our clients based on our promise to helping both small and large scale farmers produce more from their land, while conserving resources like water and energy to help build a flourishing ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • UF/IFAS researchers use pigs to root out problem weeds

    Sometimes, the old-fashioned ways are the best ways. Back before chemical pesticides and herbicides, farmers had to come up with ways to kill the weeds that took over their fields. One method used “back in the day” was letting pigs loose in fields that were not being used for crops for a season and allowing the pigs to do what they do naturally: dig up the roots of weeds and ...

  • Study Finds Algae Growth, Harvesting Are Root of Energy ROI

    A study recently published by researchers at the University of Texas, Austin asserts that the crux of algae's case as an economically feasible oil feedstock and energy source rests not in its processing but in the ability to affordably grow and harvest it. The study, titled "Energy Return on Energy Investment for Algal Biocrude: Results for a Research Production Facility," was funded by algae ...


    By BBI International

  • Husum shows that it is the exhibition venue for grass roots energy transition

    New Energy Husum closes its doors today a thoroughly positive result. “The fair has once again shown that it is the optimal platform for players in the grass roots energy transition, and this has been substantiated by the high visitor numbers and the positive feedback from the exhibitors”, says a very pleased exhibition boss Peter Becker. Despite the challenges that the sector is ...


    By Krampitz Communications

  • Kimball(R) office goes back to its roots to celebrate company`s 40th anniversary, Earth Day

    Kimball(R) Office is celebrating its 40th anniversary and Earth Day's, with plans to plant more than 1,600 trees across the country. A 40 city initiative, with 40 trees planted in each community, is tied to the company's 'Trees for Tomorrow' program, which has laid roots for a greener tomorrow by planting more than 362,000 trees. 'Originally founded as a wood products manufacturer, Kimball Office ...

  • FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company Completes Root Cause Report on Davis-Besse Shield Building Cracking

     FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) announced today that it has completed its Root Cause Analysis Report regarding the cause of the tight cracks identified in portions of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station Shield Building during its fall 2011 reactor head replacement outage. The report has been submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This extensive evaluation ...


    By FirstEnergy

  • Annie`s launches `Root 4 Kids` Campaign encouraging kids nationwide to dig real food

    Annie's, maker of all-natural and organic comfort foods, snacks and cereals, today announced the launch of "Root 4 Kids," a cause-related campaign calling upon parents and teachers nationwide to help kids "dig" or learn about new vegetables in fall 2010 and plant new vegetables in spring 2011. Annie's goal: one million kids digging and planting new veggies now through harvest 2011. To help reach ...

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