Scientists have disclosed a new method to convert lignin a biomass waste product into simple chemicals The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials says Shannon Stahl ... - Read More
Weed control is one of the most challenging aspects of organic crop production Most growers of certified organic crops rely heavily on proven cultural and mechanical weed control methods while limiting the use of approved ... - Read More
Neiker Tecnalia the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development is working to select autochthonous bacteria with a biofertilizing potential as a result of the stimulating effect they have on the take up of nutrients ... - Read More
What could the natural diversity and beauty of plant leaves have in common with one of humankind's greatest creative inventions the violin Much more than you might imagine There are many parallels between leaves and ... - Read More
Increasing the oil content of plant biomass could help fulfill the nation's increasing demand for renewable energy feedstocks But many of the details of how plant leaves make and break down oils have remained a ... - Read More
A scientist from UPM has developed a method to enhance crop yield by the contact of roots aerial parts or even the substratum of the plant fungus 'Colletotrichum tofieldiae' A new method developed at the ... - Read More
No matter how many times it’s demonstrated it’s still hard to envision bacteria as social communicating creatures But by using a signaling system called “quorum sensing ” these single celled organisms radically alter their behavior ... - Read More
Productivity boosting agricultural innovations in Africa could lead to an increase in global deforestation rates and carbon emissions a Purdue University study finds Historically improvements in agricultural technology have conserved land and decreased carbon emissions ... - Read More
In one year India's ozone pollution damaged millions of tons of the country's major crops causing losses of more than a billion dollars and destroying enough food to feed tens of millions of people living ... - Read More
Many of the world's most important crop producing countries will be fully saturated with pests by the middle of the century if current trends continue according to a new study led by the University of ... - Read More
An innovative 'trigeneration' system fuelled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad Developed by a consortium led by ... - Read More
Forget about positioning giant mirrors in space to reduce the amount of sunlight being trapped in Earth's atmosphere or seeding clouds to reduce the amount of light entering earth's atmosphere Those approaches to climate engineering ... - Read More
Led by Marius Gilbert Interfaculty School of Bioengineering Université libre de Bruxelles and Tim Robinson ILRI Kenya an international researcher team established new global maps of livestock distribution This study should help to measure the ... - Read More
on blowing dust emissions The Columbia Plateau of the Inland Pacific Northwest experiences significant windblown dust from excessively tilled agricultural lands Brenton Sharratt and William Schillinger found that adding camelina or safflower crops into a ... - Read More
Researchers have some bad news for future farmers and eaters As carbon dioxide levels rise this century some grains and legumes will become significantly less nutritious than they are today The new findings are reported ... - Read More
Planting cover crops in rotation between cash crops widely agreed to be ecologically beneficial is even more valuable than previously thought according to a team of agronomists entomologists agroecologists horticulturists and biogeochemists from Penn State's ... - Read More
A revolutionary University of Colorado Boulder toilet fueled by the sun that is being developed to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe and sustainable sanitation will be unveiled in ... - Read More
Changes in the sun's energy output may have led to marked natural climate change in Europe over the last 1000 years according to researchers at Cardiff University The study found that changes in the Sun's ... - Read More
You might not think of microbes when you consider biodiversity but it turns out that even a moderate loss of less than 5% of soil microbes may compromise some key ecosystem functions and could lead ... - Read More
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