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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • SavATree Offers Tips for Landscape Care After a Mild Winter

    With a relatively small amount of snow accumulation, the winter of 2012 stood in sharp contrast to the record-breaking winter of 2011. Without this snow cover or "white fertilizer" to act as insulation, lawns were left exposed to strong winter winds resulting in desiccation, or extreme drying. Add to this a spring with unusually mild temperatures arriving ahead of schedule and it means that ...


    By Marketwire

  • SavATree Participates in Westport Farmers' Market: Increases Awareness on the Importance of Trees

    SavATree, a leader in the Northeast region in eco-friendly tree, shrub and lawn care, today announced it will participate in the Westport Farmers' Market on June 23, July 7, Aug 11, Sept 1 and Sept 22 to help educate the community about the benefits trees contribute to a healthy ...


    By Marketwire

  • Reality check for `miracle` biofuel crop

    The hardy jatropha tree as a biofuel source may not be the panacea for smallholders that some have claimed, say Miyuki Iiyama and James Onchieku. It sounds too good to be true: a biofuel crop that grows on semi-arid lands and degraded soils, replaces fossil fuels in developing countries and brings huge injections of cash to poor smallholders. That is what some are claiming for Jatropha curcas, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Economic Feasibility of Sustainable Non-Food Feedstock Based Biodiesel Production: Part I

    CJP sees the future position of biofuels within the broader scope of the global transformation of the energy system from fossil-‐based to renewable energy-‐based sources. A main threat for an accelerated transformation is the struggle for better fuel security. A second threat is of a global warming up to 6 ° C in this century as it is predicted by IEA officials on the basis of the ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

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