Archive for January, 2015

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  • Pilotless aircraft will play critical roles in precision agriculture

    Comparing an unmanned aerial vehicle to a magnetic resonance imaging machine may seem odd, but that is how the director of the Mississippi State University Geosystems Research Institute sees it. "The plant is the patient, the agronomists are the doctors, and I am the guy who works on the MRI machine," said Robert Moorhead, GRI director and Billie J. Ball Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the MSU Bagley College of Engineering.

    Posted at January 29, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Pilotless aircraft will play critical roles in precision agriculture
  • Finding farmland: New maps offer a clearer view of global agriculture

    Knowing where agricultural land is located is crucial for regional and global food security planning, and information on field size offers valuable insight into local economic conditions. Two new global maps, released today in the journal Global Change Biology, provide a significant step forward in global cropland information on these two topics. This is a view of the IIASA-IFPRI Global Cropland ...

    Posted at January 26, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Finding farmland: New maps offer a clearer view of global agriculture
  • The industry status of biofertilizer and biopesticide is not optimistic in China

    Biofertilizer was developed and used very early in China, which will have important effect on improving crop quality, reducing cost, increasing output, reducing environmental pollution, improving soil property and other aspects. After years of researches, China has successively developed microbial inoculant, compound microbial biofertilizer, pyraloxime lodide, solubilizing phosphate, associated nitrogen fixing bacteria and other biofertilizers in nitrogen fixation, decomposition of soil organic substance, insoluble minerals, disease resistance, stimulating crop growth, root symbiotic bacteria and other ...

    Posted at January 23, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on The industry status of biofertilizer and biopesticide is not optimistic in China
  • Transgenic crops: Multiple toxins not a panacea for pest control

    Strategies for delaying insect resistance to transgenic crops rely on assumptions that often are overly optimistic, a new study led by UA scientists shows. Published as an advance online publication by the journal Nature Biotechnology, the findings could improve management practices for current biotech crops and promote development of new varieties that are more effective and more durable. Crops genetically engineered to produce proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to control insect pests have been ...

    Posted at January 22, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Transgenic crops: Multiple toxins not a panacea for pest control
  • Chinese farmers should make scientific understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of pesticide

    China is one of the countries that have always suffered from serious agricultural pest. In recent ten years, the annual occurrence area of plant disease and insect pests has reached more than 7 billion mu, which has seriously threat grain harvest and agricultural product safety. Experts has reminded that if the plant disease and insect pests cannot be prevented in time, it may lead to 30 percent of grain loss as well as will cause ...

    Posted at January 21, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Chinese farmers should make scientific understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of pesticide
  • New non-destructive device measures root growth in smaller plants

    Researchers from North Carolina State University's Department of Horticultural Science recently introduced a new apparatus called the "mini-Horhizotron," a device used to non-destructively measure treatment and substrate effects on plant root growth in greenhouse production. "The mini-Horhizotron was designed to measure root growth of small plant material such as seedlings, herbaceous plugs, or woody plant liners normally grown in containers less than 3.8 L," explained corresponding author Leslie Judd. Judd and fellow researchers Brian Jackson, Ted ...

    Posted at January 19, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on New non-destructive device measures root growth in smaller plants
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