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  • Cement develops an appetite for C02

    Three new studies illuminate the sheer complexity of the aspect of climate science known as the carbon cycle − how carbon dioxide gets into the atmosphere and out again. Sometimes, human agency is at work, but nature takes care of it anyway – as one of the studies reveals in the case of cement, the world’s most widely-used building material. Zhu Liu, postdoctoral scholar at ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Pest-free plant material thanks to CATT method

    A treatment with warm air rich in CO2 and low in oxygen helps clear plants of nematodes, thrips, mosquito larvae and other pests. “It prevents the uncertainty and resistance issues that come with the use of chemical pest control products,” says research manager Piet Spoorenberg of Wageningen UR. Export in particular faces major risks such as when thrips are found in a batch of ...

  • Merck Opens New OLED Materials Production Plant in Darmstadt

    Merck strengthens its position in the OLED materials business with a new production plant Investment of around € 30 million Fivefold increase in production capacity Merck aims to sustainably secure its leadership in display materials Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced that it has opened its new production plant for OLED ...


    By Merck Millipore

  • New certified reference material for mycotoxin analysis

    JRC-IRMM has released a new certified matrix reference material for mycotoxin analysis, namely aflatoxins in compound feedingstuff (ERM-BE376). Aflatoxins are naturally-occurring contaminants in food and feed of plant origin, produced by various fungal species. They are potent liver carcinogens and are therefore classified as carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on ...

  • Sapphire Materials Company Begins Sapphire Production in September

    Sapphire Materials Company (SMC), a subsidiary of Silicon Chemical Corporation (SCC), announces completion of Phase I development of their new sapphire manufacturing business. SCC acquired the former Saint Gobain / Union Carbide sapphire crystal growing facility located in Washougal, Washington in October 2010 and began process research along with design, renovation and retrofit of the plant to ...


    By Marketwire

  • Ahlstrom makes a major investment to wallcover materials manufacturing in China

    Ahlstrom, a global high-performance materials company, announced today that the company will invest a total of EUR 30 million to a new nonwowen wallcover substrates production line at its Binzhou plant in China, where the company is already manufacturing filtration materials. Deliveries from the new line are expected to start early 2013. According to Jan Lång, CEO and President of ...


    By Ahlstrom Corporation

  • Ensuring measurement quality in aflatoxin analysis: new certified reference material released

    JRC-IRMM has released a certified reference material for mycotoxin analysis, namely aflatoxins in compound feedingstuff (ERM-BE375), intended for method validation purposes and for performance control. Aflatoxins are naturally occurring contaminants in food and feed of plant origin, produced by various fungal species. They are potent liver ...

  • Biological control of plant bugs in greenhouses

    How can we biologically control the European tarnished plant bug and other plant bugs in the greenhouse? Wageningen UR, Entocare biocontrol CV and breeders have been working on a solution for many years. While a trap with pheromone attractant appears to be a good way, initial results show that the trap requires further optimisation to not only attract bugs but capture them as well. The right ...

  • Pilot plant Photanol process operational

    Photanol represents a process in which blue green algae combine photosynthesis with fermentation to convert CO2 under the influence of light in organic products e.g. ethanol, ethylene or lactic acid. After the “proof of concept” was delivered financial government support was obtained to build a pilot plant. This pilot was designed ...


    By Colsen International b.v.

  • Ahlstrom plans to close its plant in Barcelona

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance materials company, plans to close its plant in Barcelona, Spain. The plant, which manufactures products for advanced and transportation filtration businesses, has suffered from continued weakening demand in Southern Europe. The company estimates that about 30 employees will be affected starting from the second half of 2012. The Barcelona plant, part of the ...


    By Ahlstrom Corporation

  • Bio gas plants. More efficiency using the QZ.

    The production of bio gas from bio mass has become an important branch. Such bio mass consists of renewable raw materials or substrates from field fruit such as, for example, corn, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, cereals, sun flowers or green offcuts. By using the Querstromzerspaner QZ, the objective of producing energy in the form of methane gas can be pursued in a more forceful way. The ...


    By ANDRITZ MeWa GmbH

  • USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles

    A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as bottles and packaging, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. The USDA is proposing in a new agency rule to add manufacturers of these plant-based products to a loan guarantee program that has provided more than $844 ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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 – ...

  • 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 ...

  • BioMar plant first to comply with new ASC-standard

    We are very pleased about this approval, as it means, that fish farmers, who want to become ASC certified, can utilize our feed, says Ole Christensen, Managing Director for the BioMar factory in Denmark. Ole Christensen notes with satisfaction, that the systems, BioMar has put in place to document responsible purchasing of e.g. fish meal, fish oil, and soya, are working according to the ...


    By The BioMar group

  • Ahlstrom completes divestment of Ascoli plant and assets

    Ahlstrom Corporation STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 31.5.2011 at 16.45    ...


    By Ahlstrom Corporation

  • Plant bank to preserve biodiversity of Pacific crops

    The giant swamp taro, the orange-fleshed Fe'i banana and a coconut that grows to half a metre in length are among the native crop species to be saved in a major project that has begun across small islands in the Pacific. The Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) is coordinating the project in which 1,000 unique varieties of staple fruit and vegetables from 7,500 Pacific islands are being ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • New PLENE for commercial planting of sugar cane in Brazil

    Syngenta today announced plans to broaden and scale up its PLENE platform of integrated sugar cane solutions. Through an exclusive licensing agreement with New Energy Farms, Syngenta will access an innovative planting system for sugar cane in Brazil: CEEDS (Crop Expansion Encapsulation and Drilling System). The CEEDS technology enables the realization of PLENE on a commercial scale. It is ...


    By Syngenta

  • Florendovirus: new genus of virus in plant genomes

    While the extent and importance of endogenous viral elements have been thoroughly researched in animals, there is a dearth of knowledge when it comes to plants. Within the framework of a broader international effort, researchers at INRA Versailles-Grignon and Cirad have described a new genus of the Caulimoviridae family of viruses, called Florendovirus, whose members have colonised the genomes of ...

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