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  • Hudson Valley organic farm produces seeds largely by hand

    Drying corn stalks wilt in late summer sun as Ken Greene tours his crops. Calendula flowers are past bloom and brown. Melon leaves lay crinkled by the dirt. Plants have, literally, gone to seed. A perfect picture for an organic seed harvest. "It looks like hell now, but it's actually good for the seeds," said Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. The small business 70 miles ...


    By Associated Press

  • Feeding stock with rubber seed proteins

    Residues from rubber seeds can be used to enrich animal feed. Besides reducing waste during the production of rubber, this can also result in higher revenues for the farmers since feed is the highest cost component in livestock production. At 13 April 2016, Widyarani defended her PhD-thesis on the opportunities of rubber production at Wageningen University. Over fifty ...

  • Joining hands for sustainability and innovation in horticulture

    From September 30th to October first, Bayer CropScience is hosting over 175 industry professionals from over 15 different countries at its Horticulture Symposium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The symposium addresses issues of sustainability and innovation in modern horticulture and is designed to allow leaders in the field to network, share knowledge and expertise and exchange best practices. Over ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Q&A: A plant lab in the palm of your hand

    PhotosynQ, a project based at the University of Michigan in the United States, aims to help plant scientists around the world gather data through a cheap hand-held device called MultispeQ for scanning plant material.  By connecting the device to a smartphone, researchers can use it to collect information about how efficiently a plant photosynthesises, for example, as well ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Help at hand for farmers facing up to climate change

    Meeting the challenges of climate change will help farmers save money as well as protect people and the environment, according to the Environment Agency. Unveiling the new-look Best Farming Practices - a revised practical guide bursting with more than 250 tips to help farmers profit by protecting the environment - the Environment Agency’s Director of Environment Protection, Tricia Henton, said: ...

  • SEED initiative celebrates entrepreneurs accelerating transition to a green economy

    Nearly 200 participants of a Green Economy symposium organized by the SEED Initiative, which is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), met today with the 30 global winners of the SEED Awards to look at ways to accelerate the transition to a Green Economy in the developing world. The Symposium focused on policies needed to accelerate the transition to a Green Economy and on the ...

  • Norway lauds FAO rice seed project in typhoon-stricken Philippines

    Two months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, lauded FAO for its work in helping rice farmers replace devastated crops with new seeds. Brende visited farmers in Tingib village, Samar province, Eastern Visayas region in the central Philippines, the area most affected by the typhoon (known locally as Yolanda) last 8 November. The ...

  • Crisis-hit farmers receive seeds and tools in Central African Republic

    A major operation to distribute seeds and tools has been launched in the Central African Republic to support crisis-hit farming families. This is the largest ever intervention in the country led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its humanitarian partners. Some 16 international and national non-governmental organizations are working with FAO to overcome the challenges of ...

  • GOJO K-12 EXTRA CREDIT Program Promotes Hand Hygiene for Schools, Provides Opportunity to Earn Free PURELL

    GOJO Industries, Inc., makers of PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer, has launched the new K-12 EXTRA CREDIT program to promote hand hygiene for schools and to stretch school budgets. For every 10 cases of GOJO® foam hand soap K-12 ...


    By Marketwire

  • The Grass Is Always Greener on YOUR Side

    NaturesFinestSeed, a division of Granite Seed Company, announced today it is now making its high-end grass, wildflower and habitat seed available to the general public. It had previously been available only to high-end commercial and government buyers for high visibility projects like golf courses and luxury developments. NaturesFinestSeed produces a large number of high-purity grass seed, ...


    By Marketwire

  • US–Nepal hybrid maize project runs into criticism

    Uncertainty hangs over a proposed partnership between US and Nepalese scientists to promote hybrid maize in the Himalayan country, after the project sparked local concerns over the potential loss of traditional local varieties and weak biotechnology regulation. The pilot project of the US Agency for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Media advisory - green economy symposium: accelerating the transition

    The idea of a Green Economy is fast becoming a key component of mainstream economic discourse and is seen as the blueprint for a transition to a more efficient and equitable economy that makes better use of natural resources to achieve sustainable growth. The SEED Initiative – hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - will host a high-level symposium which will focus on policy ...

  • Proactive stewardship is critical in sustainable agriculture

    Bayer CropScience is committed to proactive stewardship to underline the company’s strong commitment to sustainable agriculture. “We help growers around the world produce high-quality and high-yielding crops,” said Matthias Haug, Head of SeedGrowth at Bayer CropScience. “We take product stewardship very seriously, as it is important to maximize the benefits of seed ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Less is more in Soybean row widths

    Soybean production has continued to increase in the Northeast United States with more and more first time growers planting the crop and many experienced growers planting alongside corn crops. To save on time and expenses, some farmers plant soybeans with a corn planter in 30-inch rows instead of 7.5-inch rows with the regularly used grain drill. Dr. William Cox, a Cornell University scientist, ...

  • Irish Minister for Trade and Development visits FAO agriculture recovery projects in the Philippines

    Irish Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello visited an FAO rice seed project funded by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and witnessed the positive impact of Ireland's financial support on the livelihoods of typhoon-affected farmers in Barangay Olotan, municipality of Jaro, Leyte. Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) damaged 600 000 hectares of agricultural ...

  • Societies participate in USA science & engineering festival

    The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America (ASA, CSSA, and SSSA) are proud to be Official Partners of the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival. The Festival, which will be the country's first national science festival, is a collaboration of over 500 of the country's leading science and engineering organizations and aims to ...

  • Genetically Modified Crop Industry Continues to Expand

    One of the familiar narratives for the promotion of genetically modified (GM) crops is that they have the potential to alleviate poverty and hunger. But the real impacts of GM crops deserve closer assessment, writes Wanqing Zhou, research associate in the Food and Agriculture Program at the Worldwatch Institute, in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online article ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Innovative rice technologies for climate change adaptation attract farmers in Ilocos Norte field day

    Unpredictable or erratic rainfall patterns are among the consequences of climate change that greatly affect lowland rice farmers in the Philippines. Its effect is deeply felt particularly by farmers in the Ilocos Region, where majority hold less than a hectare of rice land. Because of this, farmers are seeking for drought-adaptive technology. To help address this need, ...

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