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  • Sloppy seed-sorting main culprit in GM crop escapes

    Careless handling of seeds may be the key reason for the unintended spread of genetically modified (GM) crops, a study has found. The discovery challenges the widespread belief that the main source of GM contamination is the transfer of pollen by bees from GM crops to non-GM counterparts in neighbouring fields. Human error during seed production and handling is the more likely culprit, say the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • U.S. Air Force Testing BioBased Vehicle Oil Created From Canola Seed, Soybean, And Synthetic Petroleum

    On March 22, 2016, a team visited Malmstrom Air Force Base to test a new biobased synthetic oil in the base's vehicles. The testing is sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, with four bases chosen to ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Green Super Rice Project Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Workshop held in Bangladesh

    The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Agricultural Learning and Impacts Network (ALINe) jointly organized theGreen Super Rice (GSR) Project Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Workshop on 8-10 September 2015 at BRAC Centre, ...

  • Afghanistan: New Survey Techniques improve Opium Poppy Monitoring

    Accurate monitoring of opium poppy production in Afghanistan – responsible for 90% of the world’s supply of the illegal crop – has become increasingly difficult with rising security concerns, but remote sensing survey techniques developed by Cranfield University have proved critical in providing accurate information to inform UK and international policy and counter-narcotics ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Protecting against erosion after wildfire

    Soil erosion after wildfire can be substantially reduced by using a combination of sowing grass seeds and protecting the soil with a layer of straw, a Spanish study suggests. The authors of the research found that, although seeding alone made little difference, the combination of straw mulch and seeding reduced soil erosion by 93%. The European countries that are worst affected by wildfires are ...

  • A little nitrogen can go a long way

    Varying the rate of crop production inputs such as fertilizer and seed makes intuitive sense, as farmers have long observed differences in crop yield in various areas of a single field. The availability of spatial yield information from combines equipped with yield monitors has provided a good resource for improved management. So, optimizing inputs to match yield potential of different areas ...

  • Neonicotinoids: may reduce crop yields by poisoning insects that eat slug pests

    Beetles that are helpful to farmers can be poisoned if they feed on slugs that have eaten crops treated with neonicotinoids, a new study reports. The slugs themselves are not harmed by neonicotinoids. In American field trials, researchers found that plots planted with neonicotinoid-treated soybeans contained more slugs, fewer beetle predators and had 5% lower yields. The insecticide may be ...

  • Africa and India cultivate agricultural research ties

    Africa and India are gearing up to further enhance cooperation in agricultural science, technology and innovation, and move beyond dialogue to a range of practical options from a virtual biotech platform to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • GM cotton genes found in wild species

    Genetically modified (GM) cotton genes have been found in wild populations for the first time, making it the third plant species — after Brassica and bentgrass  — in which transgenes have established in the wild. The discovery was made in Mexico by six Mexican researchers investigating the flow of genes to wild cotton populations of the species Gossypium hirsutum. They found ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Remain vigilant for rising aphid numbers

    According to the most recent AHDB aphid alert summary, although a marginal increase in activity has been recorded in recent weeks, total aphid numbers still remain relatively low for the time of year.   However, it’s possible that aphids may still be present in potato crops as they head towards maturity, and with the hot weather seen recently, aphids could become an increasing threat ...


    By Certis UK

  • China - Netherlands cooperation on improvement of China potato production

    Raising China potato production is of utmost importance. In the coming years a great effort is to be made to meet the increasing demand of potatoes for fresh consumption and for industry. In a joined R&D program Chinese and Dutch research institutes and companies investigated opportunities for improvement on the main topics of potato production. ‘Progress Report China Potato GAP ...

  • American farmers confront `big data` revolution

    Farmers from across the nation gathered in Washington this month for what has become an annual trek to seek action on the most important matters in American agriculture, such as immigration reform and water regulations. But this time, a new, more shadowy issue also emerged: growing unease about how the largest seed companies are gathering vast amount of data from sensors on tractors, combines and ...


    By Associated Press

  • Biodiesel Business Academy Offers Improved version of Nonfood Energy Crops Starter Kits

    CJP , the Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel ‘s new Nonfood Biodiesel crops like algae, castor, moringa, pongamia, jojoba, simarouba, Mahua, flax, kenaf, Calophyllum etc. are poised for commercialization as the newest, greatest biodiesel feedstock as these crops can produce the greatest amount of feedstock for the lowest input and cost. Good scientific research done by ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 9–22 September 2010

    Below is a round up of news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 9–22 September 2010 More seed companies key to Africa's much-awaited Green Revolution Africa needs more seed companies that will "multiply, market, and disseminate improved seed varieties" to enable farmers to increase food production, according to an International Institute of Tropical Agriculture ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • Karanj and Jatropha: Key Elements of New Biofuel Mission in India

    Karanj and Jatropha are the two plants India is emphasizing on for promoting alternative energy sources, as the country launches a nationwide biofuel mission. A committee of experts was set up by the Federal Planning Commission, which will study and suggest measures for the promotion of biofuels’ development. In a recent report submitted by the committee before the commission, the committee ...


    By RNCOS

  • 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

  • Managing Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes

    Late blight is one of the most serious diseases of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide, resulting in significant yield and quality losses annually. In Alberta, late blight occurs infrequently, but can have devastating impacts in the years when it reaches epidemic levels.  “This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans,” says Robert Spencer, ...

  • Composting of biological waste

    A composting plant based on new technology has been built in Savonlinna, in Finland, and came into operation at the beginning of this year. The technology was supplied by the Finnish company Vimelco Oy. The owner, Konepalvelu Suomalainen Oy, composts separately organic waste collected from the Savonlinna area, and organic waste from the food industry. In addition the nearby local authorities ...


  • EPA Finalizes Cleanup Plan for Pesticides Storage Facility in Manati, P.R.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a plan to address contaminated soil at a 2-acre former pesticide facility located in the municipality of Manatí, Puerto Rico. The Pesticide Warehouse III Superfund Site has soil and groundwater contaminated with pesticides and dioxins. A groundwater investigation is underway and a plan to address the contamination will be presented at ...

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