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  • Unearthing the Roots of Fungal Symbioses

    To understand the bases of mutualistic symbiosis between soil mycorrhizal fungi and plants, an international consortium of researchers conducted the first broad, comparative phylogenomic analysis of mycorrhizal fungi. Scientists describe how the comparative analyses of 18 new fungal genomes allowed them to track the evolution of symbiotic fungi interacting with trees, heath plants and orchids. ...

  • Getting to the root of plants

    A diverse team of researchers from Europe, Asia and the USA have unearthed new information on how roots grow and develop. Specifically, how roots are able to move out sideways out of the central root and into the soil. Their discovery has opened the way to further research that may eventually lead to the creation of new crops with improved root structure, improving their chances of survival in ...

  • Root strength in OSR and winter cereals

    We should never underestimate the importance of roots. Good plant roots are essential for water and nutrient uptake and as such have a significant influence on crop health and yield. Whatever the autumn weather, stimulating the development of deeper root systems will improve the plant’s ability to access the nutrients and water required for establishment and early growth. ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • Arab countries need green economies rooted in science

    Reforms in the Arab region should focus on transitioning to a green economy, argues award-winning environmental advocate Najib Saab. Uprisings in Arab countries have been at the centre of global news coverage for more than a year. Although it is still too early to speculate on the final outcome, the hope is that the Arab Spring will eventually steer a new direction for economic and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Root-imaging technology could improve crop resilience

    Mexican researchers have welcomed a breakthrough in imaging plant roots, saying it could help breeders develop new varieties of crops that can thrive in harsh conditions. The technique uses X-ray computed tomography to build up a three-dimensional image by scanning through 360 degrees, a technology commonly used in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Castolin West Africa Ltd takes root in Nigeria

    Aged  only six months, the new-born subsidiary “Castolin West Africa Ltd”, with the headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, is already showing great progress with its engineering team and facilities construction well underway. Castolin Eutectic and Deefort Ent. International Ltd. teamed up via a Joint Venture agreement in December 2014 (Frankfurt, Germany) to ...


    By Castolin Eutectic

  • Climate-smart farming takes root in Kenya

    Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country. In keeping with the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA) of Kenya 2010-2015 and Kenya's vision 2030, ...

  • Greening China - Canadian trees takes root in China

    Ontario's official tree, the Eastern White Pine, has found a new home in China. It's one of several several tree species that Canadian companies like Maple Leaf Reforestation (MLR) and the Sino-Forest Corporation (SFC) are producing in China as part of a massive reforestation effort. China said in its most recent five-year plan that it aims to add 31-million acres of forest by 2015. In 2005, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Global well-being: rooted in the world`s forests

    This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post Environmental Leadership supplement on April 20, 2011, and is reposted with permission. This year, 2011, has been declared the International Year of Forests, and while a few bright spots exist, forests today face a host of challenges. Mounting pressures from agricultural expansion, rapid economic development, and growing demand for products ...

  • A worldwide network of seed information is taking root

    As an increasingly bloody civil war raged around them, a team of scientists in the Syrian capital Aleppo quietly packaged and shipped a series of nondescript cardboard boxes to an island not far from the North Pole. The boxes bore no sign of the conflict that had surrounded them or the precious material ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Good Capital announces US$200,000 investment and innovative partnership with Root Capital

    Good Capital LLC (www.goodcap.net), the San Francisco-based manager of the Social Enterprise Expansion Fund, announced today a US$200,000 subordinated loan to Root Capital (www.rootcapital.org), a nonprofit social enterprise that is pioneering finance for rural communities in developing countries. As a part of this groundbreaking ...

  • Europe`s Common Agricultural Policy: Taking care of our roots

    The European Commission is launching today a communication campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of agriculture in our daily lives – and the role that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) plays in supporting it. Under the new CAP's signature "Taking care of our roots", the campaign will be progressively rolled-out over the period 2013-2014 in all the EU member States, with ...

  • Study Finds Algae Growth, Harvesting Are Root of Energy ROI

    A study recently published by researchers at the University of Texas, Austin asserts that the crux of algae's case as an economically feasible oil feedstock and energy source rests not in its processing but in the ability to affordably grow and harvest it. The study, titled "Energy Return on Energy Investment for Algal Biocrude: Results for a Research Production Facility," was funded by algae ...


    By BBI International

  • Clinton White House Climate Adviser Returns to UK Roots

    WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2007 (ENS) - Dr. Robert Watson, former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and currently chief scientist and a senior adviser at the World Bank, is returning to the United Kingdom to become a professor of environmental sciences at the University of East Anglia, UEA, and to advise the UK government on environmental matters. Watson takes up his post on ...

  • Combating pest insects in the soil with root-colonizing insecticidal fungi

    The biological control of pest insects in the soil has come one step closer. Wageningen UR has isolated five promising fungi that kill 90 to 100 per cent of the grubs and crane fly larvae, and which also survive well in the soil when there are no pest insects present. It is expected that these insecticidal fungi will also be effective against other pest insects in the soil. Surviving ...

  • Kimball(R) office goes back to its roots to celebrate company`s 40th anniversary, Earth Day

    Kimball(R) Office is celebrating its 40th anniversary and Earth Day's, with plans to plant more than 1,600 trees across the country. A 40 city initiative, with 40 trees planted in each community, is tied to the company's 'Trees for Tomorrow' program, which has laid roots for a greener tomorrow by planting more than 362,000 trees. 'Originally founded as a wood products manufacturer, Kimball Office ...

  • Eaton’s Bussmann Business Marks 100 Years of Innovation, Reflecting on Industry Legacy, Roots in the St. Louis

    Power management company Eaton is reflecting on a legacy of innovation as its Bussmann business celebrates 100 years of operation. To commemorate the anniversary, Eaton has planned a series of events and programs designed to engage the local community, customers and employees globally to underscore the division’s history of innovation. To kick off the anniversary celebrations, Eaton has ...


    By Eaton Corporation

  • FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company Completes Root Cause Report on Davis-Besse Shield Building Cracking

     FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) announced today that it has completed its Root Cause Analysis Report regarding the cause of the tight cracks identified in portions of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station Shield Building during its fall 2011 reactor head replacement outage. The report has been submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This extensive evaluation ...


    By FirstEnergy

  • Targeting the root causes of disaster risk: UNEP launches first graduate course on disaster, environment & risk reduction

    The course aims to increase awareness among graduates on the links between environment and development. Some of these graduates will go on to put these lessons into practice while others will work with academics to create new evidence to support the case for ecosystem-based approaches to DRR In an effort to target the root causes of environmental disaster risk, a new graduate course on ...

  • Drought Tolerant rice in development

    Rice production faces the threat of a growing worldwide water scarcity. Approximately, 75% of the world’s rice is grown in flooded, lowland conditions. Lowland rice crops either rely on irrigation or rain water to provide adequate growing conditions. The food security of millions of people depends on the availability of water.   Scientists at the International Rice Research Institute ...

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