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  • Optimal substrate moisture content determined for high-quality bedding plants

    The bedding plants sold in retail outlets are typically grown in greenhouse production environments where professionals can monitor irrigation, light, and temperature. When the greenhouse-grown plants reach the retail market, however, they are often subjected to a range of less-than-ideal light levels, temperatures, and irrigation schedules that can be detrimental to plant quality and vigor. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Decagon devices part of US$5m USDA grant

    Decagon Devices, in Pullman, Washington is part of a national team that recently received a 5-year USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant award of $5,161,495 to investigate precision irrigation and nutrient management for nursery, greenhouse and green roof systems using wireless sensor networks. Decagon Devices, an environmental instrumentation ...


    By Decagon Devices, Inc.

  • New tests confirm efficiency of Hortipray® micronutri Fe as an alternative to chelates

    Following initial successful tests of Prayon’s Hortipray® micronutri Fe on cucumbers, new experiments carried out on tomatoes and strawberries at the Hoogstraten Research Centre (Belgium) have confirmed the product efficiency in enhancing iron uptake by the plant in substrate grown crops. This new fertiliser is a combination of iron and specialty phosphate developed and patented by ...


    By Prayon Group

  • Metrohm awards poster prizes at Electrochemistry 2012

    This year, Metrohm and Metrohm Autolab again awarded poster prizes at Electrochemistry 2012, which took place September 17 through 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany under the motto "Fundamental and Engineering Needs for Sustainable Development." More than 400 scientists discussed current research work and developments in the areas of new battery types and electrochemical storage concepts, fuel cells ...


    By Metrohm USA Inc.

  • Water content thresholds recommended for Gardenia jasminoides

    More efficient irrigation management has become a primary focus in sustainable container plant production as growers look for ways to improve resource use and mitigate negative environmental impacts of fertilizers and pesticides that are often found in nursery runoff. Among the new technologies for increasing irrigation efficiency is the use of soil moisture sensors for automated irrigation. The ...

  • Scientists unlock some key secrets of photosynthesis

    New research led by chemists in the Baruch '60 Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is seeking to detail the individual steps of highly efficient reactions that convert sunlight into chemical energy within plants and bacteria. In a paper published in the recent edition of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science, the ...


    By FLS Energy

  • Biofuel from human urine

    Micro-algae can grow on undiluted human urine. This offers opportunities for new water purification methods and perhaps even for converting urine into usable chemical substances and biofuels. Researcher Kanjana Tuantet published the results of tests on algae that had been grown on undiluted urine in the September edition of the scientific Journal of Applied Phycology. Her study showed that the ...

  • Equisol Announces Promotions

    Equisol, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Environmental Infrastructure Holdings (OTCBB: EIHC), which is the parent company of various environmental manufacturing, engineering and services companies, announced the following promotions effective immediately: Michael Cooper is the President of Equisol Energy Services, LLC reporting to Kurt Given, Equisol's CEO. Previously, Mike was the Vice ...


    By Marketwire

  • Rice researchers develop paintable battery

    Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface. The rechargeable battery created in the lab of Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan consists of spray-painted layers, each representing the components in a traditional battery. The research appears today in Nature's online, open-access journal Scientific Reports. "This means ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Forest fires help power the nitrogen cycle

    When fire burns down a forest, nitrate levels go up, and the effects are persistent, according to recent research from University of Montana scientists. They found that charcoal deposited during fire events has the potential to stimulate the conversion of ammonia to nitrates, an important step in the nitrogen cycle. Led by Patrick Ball, the research team found that a type of bacteria that ...

  • Can biochar help suppress greenhouse gases?

    Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas and a precursor to compounds that contribute to the destruction of the ozone. Intensively managed, grazed pastures are responsible for an increase in nitrous oxide emissions from grazing animals’ excrement. Biochar is potentially a mitigation option for reducing the world’s elevated carbon dioxide emissions, since the embodied carbon can be ...

  • Smartphone app offers cheap aflatoxin test for farmers

    A smartphone application could offer a cheap way for African farming communities to manage cancer-causing toxins produced by a fungus that grows on crops ...


    By SciDev.Net

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