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  • Maize seedlings predict drought Tolerance

    Scientists have developed a new method for measuring drought tolerance in maize. By comparing the shoot-to-root ratio in seedlings stressed by low water, scientists can predict whether a plant has the right mix of genes for adapting to drought conditions. The ideal drought-resistant maize should have a higher ratio of root surface area compared to leaves and stems. Developing enough adult plants ...

  • Vermicompost leachate improves tomato seedling growth

    Worldwide, drought conditions, extreme temperatures, and high soil saline content all have negative effects on tomato crops. These natural processes reduce soil nutrient content and lifespan, result in reduced plant growth and yield, and ultimately translate to lower profits for tomato producers. As an alternative to unsustainable practices such as the use of synthetic fertilizers, producers are ...

  • Why seedlings always grow towards the light

    Scientists from the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University and Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, have discovered how cells in the stems of seedlings use blue light to grow towards the light. During earlier research it was discovered that the cells in the seedling stems responded to blue light used in the microscope. The scientists have now discovered how the blue light causes ...

  • Simulated Seawater Flooding Decreases Growth of Vegetable Seedlings

    Crop production in coastal areas is threatened by seawater intrusion, which increases soil salinity. Excessive salinity in soil and irrigation water, in combination with waterlogging, can significantly affect the growth and quality for agricultural crops, especially those vegetables that are sensitive to salinity. A new study determined salt-tolerant vegetable seedlings for coastal area ...

  • PT Rimba Raya Conservation Acquires Seedlings from Local Communities for Replanting Program

    Central Kalimantan, INDONESIA, Jan 1, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - PT Rimba Raya Conservation (PT RRC) is again purchasing various types of seedlings from local communities for the replanting program in PT RRC's deforested work area.In mid December, PT RRC purhased 43,152 various types of seedlings, such as jelutong, ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • Light-emitting Diode Sole-source Lighting Effective in Bedding Plant Seedling Production

    In northern latitudes, producers of bedding plants depend on supplemental lighting during the late winter and early spring growing seasons. Unfortunately, these peak times for young plant production are also the darkest. Researchers have determined that a minimum amount of photosynthetic light (daily light integral; DLI) is necessary to produce high-quality young plants in greenhouses. In ...

  • Tree planting robot helps faster reforestation

    One keeps wondering what went through designer Anna-Karin Bergkvist mind when she planned the tree planting robot. Was she alarmed by people"s lack of interest in tree planting or was it just an attempt to make already existing planting machinery efficient and flexible. Whatever may be her real objective the end result, a tree planting robot seems fundamentally useful. The four legged ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Will tropical forests survive a changing climate?

    Most people are familiar with tree-planting as a way to offset carbon emissions. However, while the focus has been on reforestation and preventing deforestation, there has been little emphasis on how the world's tropical forests, managed for production purposes, will actually be able to adapt to the changing climate. According to a new study, there is an urgent need to put measures in place to ...

  • MARVIN™ technology saves agriculture & horticulture time and money

    Four hundred thousand seedlings, nearly half of what a plant grower of, say, young tomato plants, produces in one season; this is the amount that sorting machines with the MARVIN technology can process in a single day. They rapidly make 3D models of the plants and accurately evaluate their size and features in milliseconds. “The information can be automatically recorded in a database and ...

  • AgroFresh introduces LandSpring technology, an innovative pre-planting application that reduces transplant shock in tomatoes and peppers

    AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGFS), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, has introduced its new LandSpring product, a 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) technology for use on transplanted vegetable seedlings.  LandSpring, currently registered for use on tomato and pepper crops, reduces transplant shock resulting in lower seedling mortality and faster crop establishment, which ...


    By AgroFresh

  • ARS scientists develop self-pollinating almond trees

    Self-pollinating almond trees that can produce a bountiful harvest without insect pollination are being developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. This is good news for almond growers who face rising costs for insect pollination because of nationwide shortages of honey bees due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and other factors. ARS geneticist Craig Ledbetter, at the agency’s ...

  • Vineland researchers develop new propagation trays

    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is revolutionizing propagation  systems for the nursery sector through a tray design supporting superior tree root  growth. There is an increasing demand for container tree seedling production  – plug trays  – in North America and a greater focus on higher quality root architecture. Many  current propagation ...

  • Cultivation of Jatropha in the Gambia

    IIMA Consultora, in alliance with the local company WOMY, founded ENVERGY GAMBIA LTD in 2007 to promote this project. The objective is to bring and extend the cultivation of this subtropical species in the country, from the seeds of which it is possible to extract oil valid for biodiesel production. Cultivation provides for the recovery of woody species in degraded and highly eroded soils, and ...


  • 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 ...

  • Conserving the Corn: Tips to keeping crows and others away from your corn

    Corn is great for summer barbecues, but it first has to be protected from crows and others pests before it can be enjoyed. Crows are intelligent birds with sharp beaks and talons, making it possible for them to rip into growing corn stalks, damaging your harvest. Learn how to keep crows away from you corn, whether it’s a seedling or a growing stalk. Protecting Corn ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • 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 ...

  • 100,000 Trees and Counting: Dominion Branches Out With Project Plant It!

    Dominion Resources and its award-winning environmental education program, Project Plant It!, will celebrate a milestone in April with the ceremonial planting of the 100,000th tree distributed to students since the program was launched in 2007. According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, the equivalent of more than 250 acres of new forest land will be created if all 100,000-plus tree ...


    By Dominion

  • GM maize contaminates non-GM crops in Uruguay

    Contamination of traditional maize crops planted near genetically modified (GM) maize fields may be common in Uruguay, where the cultivation of GM maize has been permitted since 2003, scientists have said. A study published in Environmental Biosafety Research (25 March) has found GM seedlings in three ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

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