Archive for February, 2015

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  • Enhancing microbial activity contributes to the remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated with pesticides

    The addition of carbon, which is required as a nutrient by the microorganisms in soil and groundwater, was found to be the most promising remediation method in the remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated with the pesticide atrazine. This conclusion is reached in Aura Nousiainen's doctoral dissertation, which will be presented for public examination at the University of Helsinki on Friday 13 February 2015. There is a demand for the remediation method, as atrazine is ...

    Posted at February 27, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Enhancing microbial activity contributes to the remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated with pesticides
  • Friendly fungi: how they could help barley growers feed the world without chemicals

    Botanists from Trinity College Dublin have made a breakthrough discovery that could save barley farmers sleepless nights and millions of Euro each year: naturally occurring plant-friendly fungi prevent crop-ravishing diseases from spreading, and also aid plant survival in testing environmental conditions. Importantly, these amazing little organisms cause no harm to the plant roots in which they take up their abode. However, their gift of immunity against common seed diseases greatly reduces the need for farmers to ...

    Posted at February 25, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Friendly fungi: how they could help barley growers feed the world without chemicals
  • Natural plant compounds that work against insects identified

    Each year millions of deaths result from diseases transmitted by insects. Insects are also responsible for major economic losses, worth billions of dollars annually, by damaging crops and stored agricultural products. Many currently available insecticides present environmental and health risks. Further, insects develop resistance to existing insecticides, complicating pest-control strategies. The need to develop novel effective insecticides is therefore urgent. Enter "insect-specific growth regulators," which, as their name suggests, are compounds that regulate the growth of insects. ...

    Posted at February 12, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Natural plant compounds that work against insects identified
  • Scientists reprogram plants for drought tolerance

    UC Riverside-led research in synthetic biology provides a strategy that has reprogrammed plants to consume less water after they are exposed to an agrochemical, opening new doors for crop improvement. Crops and other plants are constantly faced with adverse environmental conditions, such as rising temperatures (2014 was the warmest year on record) and lessening fresh water supplies, which lower yield and cost farmers billions of dollars annually.

    Posted at February 9, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Scientists reprogram plants for drought tolerance
  • Organic food reduces pesticide exposure

    While health-conscious individuals understand the benefits of eating fresh fruits and veggies, they may not be aware of the amount of pesticides they could be ingesting along with their vitamin C and fiber. A new study to be published in the Feb. 5 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives is among the first to predict a person's pesticide exposure based on information about their usual diet. The study was led by Cynthia Curl, an assistant professor in ...

    Posted at February 6, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Organic food reduces pesticide exposure
  • Turning up heat on plants could help grow crops of the future

    Crops that can thrive in warming climates are a step closer, thanks to new insights into how temperature and light affect plant development. Warm temperatures have important and unexpected roles in controlling how plants grow and when they flower, two separate studies have shown. The findings could aid the development of crops that can adapt to changing climates. Scientists studied the effect of light and temperature on seedlings of a small cress plant known as Arabidopsis. They ...

    Posted at February 4, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Turning up heat on plants could help grow crops of the future
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