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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 ...

  • Back to our roots: Twente University

    Convergence opened a new facility on the campus of Twente University. The campus, where Convergence originally started, offers space and opportunities to build systems under ISO7 conditions. The opening of this new facility reflects ambition and growth of Convergence. The campus is familiar territory for Convergence. The High Tech Factory was the former location of MESA+ Institute, which has ...


    By Convergence Industry B.V.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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, ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • RainWise, Inc. Celebrates 41 Years Of Service With Agricultural Roots

    RainWise, Inc., www.rainwise.com, is pleased to be celebrating more than 40 years of devotion to our clients based on our promise to helping both small and large scale farmers produce more from their land, while conserving resources like water and energy to help build a flourishing ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • 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

  • UF/IFAS researchers use pigs to root out problem weeds

    Sometimes, the old-fashioned ways are the best ways. Back before chemical pesticides and herbicides, farmers had to come up with ways to kill the weeds that took over their fields. One method used “back in the day” was letting pigs loose in fields that were not being used for crops for a season and allowing the pigs to do what they do naturally: dig up the roots of weeds and ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Husum shows that it is the exhibition venue for grass roots energy transition

    New Energy Husum closes its doors today a thoroughly positive result. “The fair has once again shown that it is the optimal platform for players in the grass roots energy transition, and this has been substantiated by the high visitor numbers and the positive feedback from the exhibitors”, says a very pleased exhibition boss Peter Becker. Despite the challenges that the sector is ...


    By Krampitz Communications

  • UNEP tree-planting campaign takes root in East Africa

    Hundreds of people from different walks of life - from young schoolchildren to army officials - are planting trees across East Africa in the latest activities to be registered under Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign (BTC) run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As part of the event, which is the fourth installment of the annual Play for the Planet initiative,UNEP will ...

  • Jane Goodall`s Roots & Shoots and Earth protect announce winners of international video contest

    Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute's global environmental and humanitarian program for young people from preschool through university, and Earth Protect are pleased to announce the winners of the On the Edge: Hope for Animals and Their World Young Filmmakers Contest. A part of Roots & Shoots' current campaign focusing on endangered species and biodiversity, the ...

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