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  • Natural alternatives to protect plants inspired by pharmaceutical research

    The bacteria Streptomyces -- which is commonly used in human antibiotics and found in the natural environments of wild plants as well as crops -- could be used as an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides, scientists in France write in an Opinion published December 1 in Trends in Plant Science. In addition to protecting plants from fungal and other threats, Streptomyces has been shown to keep roots healthy and promote plant growth. Streptomyces ...

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  • Pest control: Wicked weeds may be agricultural angels

    Farmers looking to reduce reliance on pesticides, herbicides and other pest management tools may want to heed the advice of Cornell agricultural scientists: Let nature be nature -- to a degree. "Managing crop pests without fully understanding the impacts of tactics -- related to resistance and nontarget plants or insects -- costs producers money," said Antonio DiTommaso, professor of soil and crop science and lead author of a new study, "Integrating Insect, Resistance ...

    Posted at November 15, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Pest control: Wicked weeds may be agricultural angels
  • Report provides options for organic soybean growers

    Although soybeans are one of the most widely grown crops in the U.S., few soybean farmers are using organic practices. A new University of Illinois report details organic products and practices to combat pathogens and insect pests. New growers may be motivated by a strong profit margin for organically produced soybeans. Soybeans were planted on nearly 84 million acres in the U.S. in 2016, but only a tiny fraction -- less than 1 ...

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  • Ornamental plants for conserving bees, beneficial insects

    Insects play a vital role in ecosystem health, helping to aerate soil, keeping the natural system in balance, and preventing detrimental pests from taking over essential natural resources. Additionally, insects provide critical biological services such as pollination and biological controls. The authors of a study in the August 2106 issue of HortScience say that flowering ornamental plants have the potential to support beneficial insect communities, such as pollinating bees, wasps, and predatory plant ...

    Posted at October 19, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Ornamental plants for conserving bees, beneficial insects
  • High number of pesticides within colonies linked to honey bee deaths

    Honey bee colonies in the United States have been dying at high rates for over a decade, and agricultural pesticides -- including fungicides, herbicides and insecticides -- are often implicated as major culprits. Until now, most scientific studies have looked at pesticides one at a time, rather than investigating the effects of multiple real-world pesticide exposures within a colony. A new study is the first to systematically assess multiple pesticides that accumulate within ...

    Posted at October 14, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on High number of pesticides within colonies linked to honey bee deaths
  • Genetically engineered crops are safe, review of studies finds

    Genetically engineered (GE) crops are no different from conventional crops in terms of their risks to human health and the environment, according to a report published in May 2016 by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology and society in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, served on the committee that authored the report. "The study committee found no substantiated evidence of ...

    Posted at October 8, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Genetically engineered crops are safe, review of studies finds
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