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  • Coke suspends bottling at plant at center of water dispute

    Coca-Cola suspended bottling at three plants in India, including one in the parched northwest where farmers have been protesting the company's use of dwindling groundwater reserves. Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, which is a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Co. based in Atlanta, said it was reorganizing operations across its 24 franchise bottling plants in India according to market demand and factory ...


    By Associated Press

  • How container-grown plants capture sprinkler irrigation water

    As the container nursery industry faces severe restrictions on water use, researchers are looking to identify ways to minimize watering needs and eliminate excess watering. The authors of a new study say that understanding container-grown plants' capacity to "capture" sprinkler irrigation water can give growers important tools that help them adjust irrigation rates, reduce water use, and produce ...

  • 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

  • Invasive Plant Listing

    A proposed new ASTM standard will describe the criteria and procedures by which to develop an invasive plant list for a specific geographic region and will serve as a foundation for creating such lists to support building codes and related applications. WK40773, Practice for Invasive Plant Listing, is being developed by Subcommittee E60.01 on Buildings and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Controlling resilient plant viruses with steam

    Combining steam with heat-producing chemicals could control pathogenic viruses in soil, finds new research. The study examined how effective different forms of heat sterilisation of soil were at inactivating three plant viruses. While steam alone was enough to eradicate two of the viruses, the highly resilient tobacco mosaic virus required the addition of exothermic chemicals to reduce it by 97%. ...

  • Plant strategies for optimising nitrate intake

    The less nitrogen there is in the soil, the better plants are at using it. Researchers from INRA, CNRS and CIRAD, in cooperation with Czech colleagues, have recently shed light on the crucial role of a protein that enables plants to not only assess their environment but also activate the proper adaptive response based on the conditions. This research, published in the 2 March 2015 issue of Nature ...

  • The Police to help plant trees in NYC

    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland of The Police to announce that the band's final concert will be in New York City and their commitment to MillionTreesNYC, the City's initiative to plant one million trees by the year 2017. MillionTreesNYC is a component of PlaNYC, the Mayor's plan to make the City more sustainable and reduce its carbon footprint 30 percent ...

  • 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

  • United Water’s Lake DeForest Treatment Plant Receives ISO 14001 and 9001 Certifications for Environmental and Quality Management

    United Water officials announced today that the company’s Lake DeForest Water Treatment Plant in West Nyack, NY, recently received the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001: 2004 and 9001: 2008 certifications, demonstrating that the plant’s environmental and quality management systems meet stringent international standards. ...

  • Turn-key manure treatment plant in Spain

    Partners Coltrade B.V. (The Netherlands) and Ahidra S.L. (Spain) were selected as the suppliers for a turn-key manure treatment installation in the North of Spain. The capacity of the installation mounts up to 1.100 ton of organic waste streams per day, of which manure will be the predominant part. In its final shape the facility will not only produce organic fertilizer, but also will generate an ...


    By Colsen International b.v.

  • Guidelines for combating soil erosion and desertification with plants

    A set of guidelines has been developed to reduce soil erosion by planting vegetation in desertification hotspots.Farmers and policymakers can use the guidelines to identify the most suitable places to plant vegetation in the channels where water and sediment move through the landscape. Land degradation through desertification typically occurs in vulnerable, semi-dry areas. As a result of ...

  • Marrone Bio Innovations Acquires Manufacturing Plant in Michigan

            DAVIS, Calif., Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI) announced today that it has acquired an 11,400-square-foot manufacturing facility on 11 acres in Bangor, Michigan. The Marrone Michigan Manufacturing facility will provide MBI with the necessary capacity to advance its growing pipeline of natural pest management ...

  • Tree planting robot helps faster reforestation

    One keeps wondering what went through designer Anna-Karin Bergkvist mind when she planned the tree planting robot. Was she alarmed by people"s lack of interest in tree planting or was it just an attempt to make already existing planting machinery efficient and flexible. Whatever may be her real objective the end result, a tree planting robot seems fundamentally useful. The four legged ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Fast-Growing Plants Adapt Quickly to Climate Change

    IRVINE, California (ENS) - Plants with short life cycles can adapt in just a few years to climate change, University of California-Irvine, UCI, scientists have discovered. This finding suggests that plants that grow rapidly such as weeds may cope better with global warming than slower-growing plants such as redwood trees. 'Some species evolve fast enough to keep up ...

  • Alien plants `can help alleviate poverty`

    Alien plant species can significantly reduce biodiversity but they can also boost an ecosystem's biomass production, on average by more than half, according to a global analysis of scientific literature. Introduced alien species are usually seen ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Some plants can adapt to widespread climate change

    While many plant species move to a new location or go extinct as a result of climate change, grasslands clinging to a steep, rocky dale-side in Northern England seem to defy the odds and adapt to long-term changes in temperature and rainfall, according to a new study by scientists from Syracuse University and the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) published online in the July 7 issue of the ...

  • No Climate Benefit Gained by Planting Temperate Forests

    SAN FRANCISCO, California, (ENS) - Planting forests in temperate regions such as the United States and Europe may not yield any benefit for the global climate, and may instead contribute to warming, according to a new study set for presentation Saturday at the American Geophysical Society annual meeting in San Francisco. By contrast, trees planted in tropical rainforests ...

  • Rice Processing steps: From Pre-planting to Postproduction

    Rice, which is harvested each year with 154 million ha, is the most common grain as well as the most popular food in the world. Human consumption accounts for 85% of total production for rice, compared with 72% for wheat and 19% for maize. In addition, rice is the the most important crop for many of small farmers who grow it throughout the world, and the source of so many landless ...

  • Rice Processing steps: From Pre-planting to Postproductio

     Rice, which is harvested each year with 154 million ha, is the most common grain as well as the most popular food in the world. Human consumption accounts for 85% of total production for rice, compared with 72% for wheat and 19% for maize. In addition, ...

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