Archive for September, 2015

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  • Scientists learn how to predict plant size

    VIB and UGent scientists have developed a new method which allows them to predict the final size of a plant while it is still a seedling. Thanks to this method, which is based on the knowledge that a set of genes is associated with the final size of a leaf, scientists will be able to significantly accelerate plant breeding programs. The VIB/UGent scientists were able to identify this set of genes through advanced and highly ...

    Posted at September 30, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Scientists learn how to predict plant size
  • Caterpillar deceives corn plant into lowering defenses against it

    In a deception that likely has evolved over thousands of years, a caterpillar that feeds on corn leaves induces the plant to turn off its defenses against insect predators, allowing the caterpillar to eat more and grow faster, according to chemical ecologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The finding is one more revelation about the myriad of chemical signals that pass between plants and insects that scientists at Penn State and around the world ...

    Posted at September 23, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Caterpillar deceives corn plant into lowering defenses against it
  • Popular herbicide doesn’t have long-term effect on aquatic plant, study suggests

    A recent study by a multi-disciplinary team of Baylor University researchers found that a popular herbicide does not appear to have a long-term, measurable impact on aquatic plant life. The study--"Effects of pulsed atrazine exposure on autotropic community structure, biomass, and production in field-based stream mesocosms"--is published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The study looked at atrazine, a common herbicide used to control weeds in corn and sorghum crops in large-scale farming operations, at the "level of ...

    Posted at September 16, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Popular herbicide doesn’t have long-term effect on aquatic plant, study suggests
  • Crop rotation boosts soil microbes, benefits plant growth: Project seeks to address issues of agricultural intensification

    In the first study of its kind, new research from the University of New Hampshire shows that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit plant growth. The study was conducted by researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. The study was conducted by Lisa Tiemann, former postdoctoral student, Stuart Grandy, who was Tiemann's postdoctoral advisor, and Marshall McDaniel, former postdoctoral student of Grandy, ...

    Posted at September 7, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Crop rotation boosts soil microbes, benefits plant growth: Project seeks to address issues of agricultural intensification
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