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  • Free Webinar: Plotting a Strategy to Improve Germination, Plant Stands

    Anything you can do in your planting and seeding operation to improve seed germination and ensure maximum plant stands will make no-tilling less stressful and more successful. Through our exclusive No-Till Farmer webinar series, Reid Abbott, Field Agronomy Manager for Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, will share findings from research studies conducted at the 750-acre North Central ...

  • Seeds last much longer without oxygen

    If seed breeding companies, gene banks and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on Spitsbergen should store plant seeds under oxygen-poor conditions, it would be possible to store them for much longer while still maintaining their germination capacity. This is indicated by research carried out by seed physiologists from Wageningen UR and seed experts from the Centre for Genetic Resources, the ...

  • The value of seed harboured in Mediterranean temporary ponds

    Temporary ponds and their varying water levels provide the conditions for valuable wildlife habitat. A study in Crete, conducted under the LIFE-Nature project1 Actions for the Conservation of Mediterranean Temporary Ponds in Crete, has demonstrated these ponds contain varied collections of seeds and that these ‘seed banks’ could play an important role in vegetation recovery after ...

  • The value of seed harboured in Mediterranean temporary ponds

    Temporary ponds and their varying water levels provide the conditions for valuable wildlife habitat. A study in Crete, conducted under the LIFE-Nature project1 Actions for the Conservation of Mediterranean Temporary Ponds in Crete, has demonstrated these ponds contain varied collections of seeds and that these ‘seed banks’ could play an important role in vegetation recovery after ...

  • GM seeds can remain in fields longer than previously thought

    Despite management practices designed to reduce the risk of genetically modified (GM) volunteer plants setting seed, new research shows that rogue GM plants occur in fields which were planted with GM oil seed rape 10 years earlier. Volunteer plants (plants that have not been planted deliberately) arise because some seed is spilled during harvest and remains in the field to germinate in a ...

  • Scientists find new home for threatened orchids

    Scientists at the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research (CPBR) have been researching the natural history of three rare and endangered orchids on Alum Mountain, Bulahdelah NSW, as part of a relocation project funded by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA). The plants are being relocated to allow construction of a road bypass. Native orchids, known for their beauty and exuberance, are quite ...

  • Ozone pollution reduces tomato fruit yield and viability

    Ozone harms pollen viability of tomatoes, leading to reduced fruit weight, size and quality, a recent study has revealed. The researchers suggest the effect of ozone on pollen could be a useful way to rapidly test for pollution-induced stress on crop plants in risk assessments. Ground-level ozone damages plants as well as posing a risk to human health. It negatively affects crop yields and causes ...

  • Asteroid Soil Could Fertilise Farms in Space

    OK, so we’re not quite ready to supply horizontal storage tanks and vertical storage tanks for farms in space just yet and we don’t think there will be a huge demand for rainwater tanks either, but an interesting article in New Scientist details how there is enough fertilizer zipping around in space to grow crops for generations of space colonisers and can be found on asteroids. It ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Composts that contain biodegradable plastics may hinder plant growth

    Composts containing biodegradable plastics may hinder rather than help plant growth, according to a recent study by university scientists in Poland. These findings have implications for waste management practices within the EU. It is important to assess the quality and potential environmental risks associated with composts prepared from different wastes. Biodegradable plastics - known as ...

  • Take Soil & Liquid Measurements with a Dyacon Stainless Steel Thermistor Probe

    Soil temperature is critical when it comes to planting seeds or seedlings, as it largely determines seed germination and root growth. The Dyacon stainless steel thermistor probe (TSSP-1) is a robust, waterproof package, making it highly versatile in tracking temperature data of a variety of mediums, whether soil, ...


    By Dyacon, Inc.

  • Chinese astronauts use the WET Sensor to help grow lettuce in space

    Delta-T Devices has revealed that their multi-parameter WET Sensor has been used by Chinese astronauts aboard the Tiangong-2 Space Lab. Tiangong-2, whose name means “Heavenly Palace”, was launched on 15th Sept 2016, and is designed to allow Chinese scientists to test the life support technologies needed to create a permanently staffed Space Station by 2022. Two Chinese astronauts ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • MOMAX3 Moringa Perennial Cultivar success enhances Global Moringa Potential

    Advanced Biofuel Center has launched the commercial planting programme for its new MOMAX3 Moringa variety, which has already drawn strong interest from potential growers because it has a number of advantages over the other existing varieties, said Advanced Biofuel Center chief executive Dp Maharshi in a statement today. Advanced Biofuel Center(ABC) has unveiled the Moringa oil ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Pepsi`s positive water initiative

    When PepsiCo launched its business in India 18 years ago, it pioneered several major agricultural initiatives, partnering with thousands of farmers and Punjab Agriculture University to raise productivity and thus improve farmers' incomes and quality of life. Over the years, PepsiCo India's efforts helped more than double tomato yields, introduced “processing quality” potato varieties, initiated ...

  • Seaweed extract benefits petunia, tomato transplants

    Seaweed extracts are used widely in agriculture and horticulture production systems. Benefits of the extracts can include early seed germination and establishment, improved crop performance and yield, increased resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, and enhanced postharvest shelf life. A study in the August 2015 issue of HortTechnology determined the effects of rockweed extract, applied as a ...

  • Humification and degradability evaluation during composting of horse manure and biowaste

    Performing compost quality assessment such as compost stability is quite necessary for rating the quality of horse manure and biowaste composts and meeting specific regulatory requirements on the composition and compost process. The aim of this study was to identify an appropriate feedstock composition for use in the production of high quality compost. The objectives were to (1) identify an ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Chinese space programm use the W.E.T. Sensor to help grow lettuce in space

    The multi-parameter W.E.T. Sensor is in use by Chinese astronauts aboard the Tiangong-2 Space Lab. Tiangong-2, which translates into “Heavenly Palace”, was launched on the 15th of September 2016. This space station is designed to allow Chinese scientists to test life support ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • Fewer indicators may be sufficient to assess soil quality

    Although soil quality is best assessed using a wide range of indicators, a smaller set may be more practical and still provide the necessary information needed to choose between land management systems. This is the conclusion of a new study in Brazil that evaluated three different indexes of soil quality based on three sets of indicators. In order to ensure farming is sustainable, there is a ...

  • Designer Eucalypts For Urban Landscapes

    This story was orginally posted in News from the University of Adelaide, Thursday, 23 May, 2013 University of Adelaide researchers are working with the Australian nursery industry to produce ‘designer eucalypts’ more suitable for our home gardens and urban landscapes than many trees currently available. Led by ...


  • New Full Line Hydro Mulch - Verdyol Virgin

    Cascade is proud to be a full line distributor of the Verdyol Virgin product line as well as the already stocked Verdyol Biotic Earth products. This is the most comprehensive hydro mulch system available today, with proven case studies to prove their success! We are pleased to offer a new line of hydro-seeding products, Verdyol Virgin, a 100% virgin wood fiber hydraulic mulch plus tack thermally ...


    By Cascade Geotechnical Inc.

  • Easing the soil’s temperature

    Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil temperature to thrive. If the temperature changes too quickly, plants won’t do well. Their seeds won’t germinate or their roots will die. “Most plants are sensitive to extreme ...

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