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  • Research prunes 60 per cent off energy use

    Prune Industry Advisory Committee Chair Malcolm Taylor said reducing the cost of the dehydration process was of major interest. "We were very interested in working with HAL and CSIRO to improve the cost efficiency of dehydration as it is a major proportion of total production costs," Mr Taylor said. "Through this research, we expect companies will see major savings in energy, money and green ...

  • No-tillage management of olive groves can improve soil structure while maintaining yield

    Non-conservative tillage techniques, such as milling and harrowing, are the most common way to manage soil in Mediterranean olive orchards. A new study confirms the value of alternative methods based on the use of spontaneous cover crops which can significantly improve soil structure and reduce erosion whilst maintaining yields. The olive tree is one of the most widespread crops in the ...

  • First raisin grape that dries naturally on vine developed

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in California have developed a new raisin grape that dries naturally on the vine, making it unnecessary for growers to cut into the woody “canes” connecting the grapes to the mother vine weeks before harvest. For mechanically harvested raisin grapes like Thompson Seedless, growers have to cut the canes each summer, usually about 2 weeks ...

  • Biodiesel Business Academy demonstrates Jojoba Gains in Desert Land Farming

    Jojoba farming gains have been made in the fight against desertification, demonstrating that the dry lands can grow beyond crisis, suffering and insecurity towards a prosperous, secure future through innovations by land users aided by policy reforms and applied science and development. Jojoba ( Simmondsia chinensis), is a medicinal and oil-yielding, multi-purpose species of the family ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Intercropping `boosts maize yields by 50 per cent`

    Growing leguminous trees on maize farms — a form of agroforestry — can boost and stabilise maize yields, a 12-year study in Malawi and Zambia has found. The researchers behind the study, from the Kenya-based World Agroforestry Centre ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Vineland researchers develop new propagation trays

    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is revolutionizing propagation  systems for the nursery sector through a tray design supporting superior tree root  growth. There is an increasing demand for container tree seedling production  – plug trays  – in North America and a greater focus on higher quality root architecture. Many  current propagation ...

  • 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 ...

  • U.S. EPA Honors Dixon Ridge Farms as Sustainable Agricultural Champion

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld today recognized Dixon Ridge Farms in a Winters, Calif. environmental award ceremony. The Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Sustainable Agricultural Champion Award was presented to the organic walnut farm’s founder, Russ Lester. “EPA applauds Dixon Ridge Farms for its many sustainable ...

  • Bioasphalt with lignin in Zeeland

    Bioasphalt for roads in Zeeland, a Dutch province, is being developed by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the Asfalt Kennis Centrum (Asphalt Knowledge Centre, AKC) and the company H4A from Sluiskil (NL). Zeeland Seaports is a project partner with interest in potential applications for the asphalt. Lignin from plants in asphalt Fossil bitumen – the ...

  • New training, ultra-high-density planting systems recommended for sweet cherry

    As a result of new dwarfing rootstock selections, improvements in crop protectants, and better methods of postharvest handling and storage, production of sweet cherry is increasing around the world. New sweet cherry cultivars that allow for improved mechanical harvest have also been introduced, and semi-dwarfing and dwarfing rootstocks have improved the potential for developing high-density ...

  • SavATree Helps Clients Prepare for Future Storms

    The storms that impacted the east coast through the spring and early summer of 2011 were both catastrophic and record-breaking. Government estimates say there were more tornadoes in a single day in late May 2011 than any other day in history. To put things in perspective, during one weeklong outbreak, government analysts say there were 312 tornadoes, including a record-setting 226 in one day. ...


    By Marketwire

  • Biofungicide CR-10 Keeps Winning Battles Against Coffee Rust In Guatemala And Costa Rica

    BioNovelus, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: ONOV) is pleased to share the latest very successful test results of its bio-fungicide CR-10, in the fight against coffee leaf rust (Hemileia vastatrix or “roya” in Spanish) in Costa Rica and Guatemala. BioNovelus is fighting the ongoing battle against coffee rust with our eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable CR-10, in Guatemala and Costa Rica. By putting our ...


    By BioNovelus Inc.

  • Jatropha can revive degraded land, says study

    Large-scale cultivation of Jatropha – known as a potential source of biofuel – can improve the soil quality of degraded lands and address climate change, says a new study. Jatropha curcas seeds yield ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Software to improve sustainability in horticultural, grape and wine-growing, and sugar beet production

    The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development Neiker-Tecnalia, the public body that reports to the Sub-Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community (region), in coordination with the consulting firms HAZI Fundazioa (rural, shoreline and food development) and IK Ingeniería (ecodesign and environmental innovation in ...

  • Climate change killing trees across the Sahel, says study

    Trees throughout Africa's Sahel region — vital to peoples' livelihoods — are dying as a result of long-term drought linked to climate change, according to a study. It found that one in six trees in the region has died since the 1950s, whilst a fifth of species has disappeared locally, because of rising ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Pine plantations provide optimum conditions for natural forests to develop underneath them

    If there is any native forest in the vicinity, tree, fern and herbaceous species typical of these forests penetrate under the pine plantations without any need for action. That way it is possible, to a certain extent, for native forests to be restored, thanks to the process known as ecological succession. This is the conclusion reached by the UPV/EHU’s Landscape, Biodiversity and Ecosystem ...

  • Canadian City Goes Out on a Limb with RFID Technology

    When city workers maintain their parks and trees they are recording all daily activities with Radio Frequency Identification technology. Fort Saskatchewan a city just North of Edmonton is attaching HisTREE.net RFID tags to trees, park furniture equipment and other city assets. This will allow them to update and maintain city records regarding the park sites, trees, ...


    By Marketwire

  • Jatrophaworld 2014: Global Biodiesel CropSphere - Final Agenda Released

    The CJP – The Advanced Biofuel Center, announced that the main agenda for the 77th Global Jatropha World 3.0 Integrated Nonfood Biodiesel Farming & Technology Training Programme which shall be held November 24-28, 2014 at Jaipur, India, unveiling that the CJP’s scientists/ experts will be discussing the latest advances in nonfood Biodiesel commercialization, research and finance ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • SavATree Welcomes Michael Galvin to Consulting Group

    SavATree is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Galvin who joins the company as Director of the Consulting Group. In his role with SavATree, Galvin will be tasked with developing new relationships to continue the momentum of the rapidly growing Consulting Group. Currently, The SavATree Consulting Group is working on a number of high profile projects including one at Johns Hopkins ...


    By Marketwire

  • Building resilience to climate change in Niger

    Climate change poses a major threat to the world’s 2 billion rural poor, but sustainable natural resource management can help developing countries like Niger adapt to the threat. Droughts and desertification associated with climate change will hit Africa hard. Already, more than 300 million (out of 930 million) Africans live in drought or drought-prone areas. And a 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on ...

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