Archive for February, 2016

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  • Breeding wildness back into our fruit and veggies

    Wild tomatoes are better able to protect themselves against the destructive whitefly than our modern, commercial varieties, new research has shown. The study, published today in the academic journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development, shows that in our quest for larger redder, longer-lasting tomatoes we have inadvertently bred out key characteristics that help the plant defend itself against predators. Dual mode of resistance in wild tomatoes Led by Newcastle University, UK, the research shows that wild tomatoes have a ...

    Posted at February 25, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Breeding wildness back into our fruit and veggies
  • Organic agriculture key to feeding the world sustainably

    Washington State University researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers. The review study, "Organic Agriculture in the 21st Century," is featured as the cover story for February issue of the journal Nature Plants ...

    Posted at February 17, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Organic agriculture key to feeding the world sustainably
  • Monsanto’s glyphosate now most heavily used weed-killer in history

    Monsanto's signature herbicide glyphosate, first marketed as "Roundup," is now the most widely and heavily applied weed-killer in the history of chemical agriculture in both the U.S. and globally, according to a landmark report published in the journal, Environmental Sciences Europe. A paper published Feb. 2, 2016 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe reports that 18.9 billion pounds (8.6 billion kilograms) of glyphosate have been used globally. Glyphosate use has risen almost ...

    Posted at February 4, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Monsanto’s glyphosate now most heavily used weed-killer in history
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