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  • ARS plant collections help safeguard crops

    In the months ahead, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists plan to collect walnuts from Kyrgyzstan, grasses from Russia, and carrots and sunflowers from fields across the Southeastern United States in efforts that will enhance one of the nation's most effective tools for protecting the food supply. Researchers will make the trips to collect plants with useful ...

  • Invasive hogweed plant’s impacts decrease over time

    The damaging impacts of the invasive alien plant, giant hogweed, decline over time, new research from the Czech Republic has concluded. Although this plant initially reduces the native species richness of the grasslands it colonises, the study found that numbers of native species increased again in sites that had been colonised by hogweed for 40 years or longer. Invasive alien species are one of ...

  • 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 ...

  • FAO launches new standards for plant genebanks

    A new FAO publication is aimed at improving conservation of food crops, many of which are crucial to the world’s food and nutrition security.  The publication, Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, outlines voluntary, international standards for the many repositories – ...

  • Business plan to develop plant producing extrusion instruments

    The report is available in Russian. Translated version (English) is available within 5 working days after the report’s purchase. Purpose of this report was to develop ready- to- use business plan to build a plant producing extrusion instrument in Russian and in Germany The research is unique as this is the only business plan, focused on building of a plant to produce extrusion instrument. ...


  • New test can detect plant viruses faster, cheaper

    A new test could save time and money diagnosing plant viruses, some of which can destroy millions of dollars in crops each year in Florida, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. In a newly published study, Jane Polston, a UF/IFAS plant pathology professor, examined several ways to detect the DNA genome of begomoviruses. These viruses have emerged ...

  • Careful urban tree planting and pruning needed to reduce trapping of air pollution

    Careful planting and pruning is needed to ensure that air pollution in tree-lined streets is minimised, new research suggests. While planting trees in urban areas can have many benefits, such as enhancing biodiversity, trees can trap particulate matter pollution, say the study’s authors. Particulate matter (PM) air pollution is a component of vehicle exhaust emissions and PM2.5 (particles ...

  • SST Software Updates Sirrus® App With Planting and Crop Protection

    The farming industry will find it easier this season to execute better management decisions while in the field. Sirrus, the precision agriculture app by SST Software, now allows users to record and share tillage, planting, fertilizer, and crop protection operations. Last season, Sirrus was used by thousands of crop consultants and ag service providers to collect field boundaries, record soil ...


    By SST Software

  • Composts that contain biodegradable plastics may hinder plant growth

    Composts containing biodegradable plastics may hinder rather than help plant growth, according to a recent study by university scientists in Poland. These findings have implications for waste management practices within the EU. It is important to assess the quality and potential environmental risks associated with composts prepared from different wastes. Biodegradable plastics - known as ...

  • Some plants are more sensitive to herbicides during reproductive stages of life cycle

    This study assessed the effects of herbicides on non-target plants in Denmark and Canada. The findings showed that some plants are more sensitive to herbicides in the reproductive stages of their life cycle and can experience delays in flowering and reduced seed production. The authors say future ecological assessments should consider reproductive outcomes. Herbicides are some of the most widely ...

  • Dioxin risk in soil and plant tissues after long-term biosolids application

    Land application of biosolids (treated municipal sewage sludge) is a common practice because biosolids are a rich source of plant nutrients and organic matter. However, the presence of detectable levels of dioxins in biosolids led to concerns that farmland application may result in accumulation of dioxins in soil and their subsequent translocation through the human food chain because several ...

  • New insights into plant uptake of carbonyl sulfide aid global carbon cycle model

    In a study published in Science on 14 November, NOAA and CIRES scientists and colleagues show that carbonyl sulfide (COS), a trace gas consumed by plants, provides quantitative evidence that gradients of COS during the growing season are controlled by plant uptake during photosynthesis. This in turn provides an independent measure of plant photosynthesis rates crucial for carbon cycle modeling, a ...

  • DSM and Roquette to open commercial scale bio-based succinic acid plant in 2012

    Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and the French starch and starch derivatives company Roquette Frères today announce that they will build a commercial scale plant for the production of bio-based succinic acid, the first non-fossil feedstock derived ...


    By DSM

  • CITES conference takes decisive action to halt decline of tropical timber, sharks, manta rays and a wide range of other plants and animals

    Rapidly rising demand for these precious tropical hardwoods has led to serious concerns that unregulated logging is depleting populations of already rare species. The triennial World's Wildlife Conference closed today with robust measures adopted to protect precious timber and marine species from overexploitation. 170 governments have turned to CITES to ensure the legal, sustainable and traceable ...

  • Chinese farmers recognize the quality of a Miedema CP42 planter

    On April 21st, BAOTC (daughter company of APH Group and Omnivent) organized a field demonstration with a Miedema CP42 mounted potato planter in Guyuan, China. BAOTC is exclusive distributor of Miedema products in China. During the morning session there was a presentation about Miedema potato planters and about the Dewulf RS2060 harvesters. In the afternoon, engineer Houjin Ai explained ...


    By APH Group

  • The Quest ATR is perfect for testing soil

    The ecological health of soil can be monitored with the Quest ATR. The organic and mineral components of soil can be established by testing with ATR-IR spectroscopy. Check your plants/crops/etc have the right nutrients for good health. Make sure there is enough calcium, not too much nitrogen or carbon. Map large areas according to the deficit or abundance of minerals. The ...


    By Specac Limited

  • 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 ...

  • Capillary electrophoresis used for the determination of different sugars in grapevine tissues

    Recently, Dr. María F. Silva and her colleagues from the Institute of Agricultural Biology of Mendoza, Argentina, have published an article dedicated to the determination of different sugars in ...


    By Lumex Instruments Group

  • On-site analysis of cannabis potency using Infrared spectroscopy

    Cannabis is increasingly being recognised for its therapeutic value. This has led to a reduction in its regulation, and even its legalisation, by many different governments. As cannabis production becomes legalised and regulated it is important that manufacturers can assess the chemical content and potency of their plants. The value of cannabis in the control of pain, spasm and a range of ...


    By Specac Limited

  • 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

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