Archive for May, 2015

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  • Bodyguards for precious seeds: Bacteria

    The fungi (Rhizoctonia solani) is stealthy blight, becoming visible only shortly before the harvest infesting beets or corn at their roots. The fungal rot begins early in the season, working its way from the inside out, and only becoming visible in the fall, destroying the possibility of a harvest. Year after year crop failures due to attacks by pests and pathogens are reported in the media despite their being treated with pesticides. Crop failure is ...

    Posted at May 27, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Bodyguards for precious seeds: Bacteria
  • Field study shows how a GM crop can have diminishing success at fighting off insect pest

    A new study from North Carolina State University and Clemson University finds the toxin in a widely used genetically modified (GM) crop is having little impact on the crop pest corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea) -- which is consistent with predictions made almost 20 years ago that were largely ignored. The study may be a signal to pay closer attention to warning signs about the development of resistance in agricultural pests to GM crops. At issue is ...

    Posted at May 22, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Field study shows how a GM crop can have diminishing success at fighting off insect pest
  • Satellite mapping reveals agricultural slowdown in Latin America

    For the first time, satellite mapping of Latin America shows that the continent's agricultural expansion has waned in the wake of the global economic downturn, according to UBC research. "Nearly every agricultural region across Latin America slowed down in expansion from 2007 to 2013, compared to the previous six years," says Jordan Graesser, the study's lead author. Graesser is a visiting international student at UBC's Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Institute for Resources, Environment ...

    Posted at May 14, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Satellite mapping reveals agricultural slowdown in Latin America
  • Could smell hold the key to limiting or ending pesticide use?

    Could smell hold the key to ending pesticide use? UK scientists may have uncovered a natural way of avoiding the use of pesticides and help save plants from attack by recreating a natural insect repellent. Scientists from Cardiff University and Rothamsted Research have, for the first time, created tiny molecules which mirror a natural occurring smell known to repel insects. The scientists were able to make similar smelling insect repellent molecules, by providing the enzyme, ((S)-germacrene D ...

    Posted at May 5, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Could smell hold the key to limiting or ending pesticide use?
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