seed storage News

  • 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 ...

  • Peat bog in storage

    Oil company Total has agreed to dig up an entire moorland peatbog on Shetland and store it for 30 years, with a view to restoring it at the end of operations for its Sullom Voe oil terminal. It's estimated that more than 260,000 cubic metres of peat – enough to fill 100 Olympic swimming pools – will have to be cut out and moved away to be piled up in 'peat terraces' and covered with a layer of ...


    By Causeway Technologies

  • New European Oilseed Processing Center will help drive Bayer’s Seeds business

    On Tuesday, Bayer CropScience inaugurated its new European Oilseed Processing Center in Monheim at a ceremony attended by industry representatives, authorities, agricultural stakeholders and customers. With this facility, the company has substantially expanded its excellent platform to offer oilseed rape growers a fully integrated system from field production to delivery. “We see future ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Ancient crops preserved for future generations in Arctic seed vault

    Varieties of one of the world's most important staple crops will be stored for perpetuity deep in the Arctic ice today. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is joining scientific experts and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway to witness a ceremony here this afternoon that will help to preserve these ...

  • Fertiliser Storage Tanks – Fertiliser Optimisation This Growing Season

    As farmers focus on the growing season, an East Yorkshire farm machinery importer recently publicly shared its knowledge of precision farming methods with Rt. Hon Michael Jack CBE at an open day at Stockbridge Technology Centre, Selby. The former MP was shown how a specially-adapted tractor that features a unique seed drill allows farmers to place seeds with extreme accuracy. Also this week, we ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Grain storage advice for growers in central grainbelt

    Central grainbelt growers keen to improve their on-farm grain storage systems are invited to attend local workshops in April. Grain storage expert Ben White, of the Kondinin Group, will present and take questions at the following events supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC): April 6 (Sunday) - Mundaring (Mahogany Creek Tavern) – Grain storage facilities ...

  • 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 ...

  • EPA Proposes Plan to Clean Up Pesticides Storage Facility in Manati, P.R.; August 18 Public Meeting Planned

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address contaminated soil in Manati, P.R. at the Pesticide Warehouse III Superfund Site. Historical pesticide operations at the site contaminated the soil and groundwater with pesticides including dioxins. The Pesticide Warehouse III site is a 2-acre former pesticides facility. Pesticides have been linked to various illnesses in ...

  • Farmers need urgent help to plant in the Central African Republic

    Farmers in the Central African Republic are in urgent need of seeds and essential tools for the March planting season if they are to help avert a full-scale food and nutrition crisis in the country, FAO said today. Some 1.6 million people, or over a third of the population, already require life-saving food assistance in the conflict-stricken nation, where one in five people have fled their homes ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • A step forward to making crops tolerant to severe drought

    An international consortium of researchers led by Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, has sequenced the genome of the ‘resurrection plant’ Xerophyta viscosa. Today the team publishes the DNA sequence in Nature Plants. In their paper, the team reveals a genetic ‘footprint’ of the amazing ability of this plant to tolerate severe drought for long periods ...

  • 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 ...

  • Ensuring food security for the future

    Access to an adequate and nutritious diet is about more than agricultural productivity. Which factors contribute to food insecurity, how do they relate to other development challenges, and what can scientific knowledge bring to efforts to tackle hunger and malnutrition? This Spotlight presents an in-depth analysis including opinions, facts and figures, key reports and useful links. Rikin Gandhi, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Northern Ireland Farming Crisis Warnings

    As detailed in the Belfast Telegraph, the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) president, Ian Marshall warns that the industry is on its knees and that changes need to happen in order to avoid disaster. The problems range from very low milk prices, through to beef, lamb, and arable farmers now gearing up to take their protest to the streets. Mr Marshall claims that the industry is facing the worst ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • 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, ...

  • Farmers hit by Typhoon Haiyan need urgent assistance

    Hundreds of thousands of farmers in the Philippines whose crops were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan need urgent assistance to sow new seeds before the end of the current planting season, FAO warned today. The typhoon caused damage in the central part of the country to the 2013 main season rice crop, harvesting of which was well advanced. It also badly disrupted planting of the current 2013-2014 ...

  • South Sudan facing major food and nutrition crisis

    FAO today warned of a major food security and nutrition crisis in South Sudan, where some 3.7 million people are now facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity. The Organization is calling for $77 million for critical food security and livelihood support for the crisis-affected population as prices of staple crops soar and basic commodities run out. UN agencies and NGOs have revised a ...

  • A Focus on Crop Yields – Liquid Fertiliser Tanks To Lower Overheads

    Aberdeen Press and Journal discuss this week how arable farmers can cut costs and boost yields. To leverage a return on investment, growers must of course minimise the cost per tonne produced and one such way of doing this is to maximise crop yield. But obviously, according to BASF’s Scottish agronomy manager, Dudley Kitching, there is no ‘silver bullet’ to achieve increased ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Severe damage to agriculture and fisheries after Typhoon Haiyan

    FAO is mobilizing support to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the country causing severe damage to the fisheries and agriculture sectors in addition to massive loss of life. “I want to express the solidarity of FAO and myself personally with the people and the Government of the Philippines,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said ...

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