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  • Protecting grapes from pests by boosting their natural immunity

    Wine enthusiasts concerned with potential environmental and health effects of synthetic pesticides prefer to buy “organic” pinots, chardonnays and other varietals. Now scientists are onto a new practice that could help meet that demand. They report that shining short-wavelength ultraviolet light (UV-C) on grapes right before harvest boosts levels of the fruits’ own disease-fighting compounds, which could reduce the need for pesticides. The study appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

    Posted at June 29, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Protecting grapes from pests by boosting their natural immunity
  • Nanotech extends shelf life of fresh fruit

    An international research team is developing nanotechnology-based applications of hexanal, a natural plant extract that extends the storage life of harvested fruit. Bananas, mangoes and papayas: these tender tropical fruits are in high demand in export markets and an important livelihood source for producers. But freshness is key because these fruits spoil quickly and damage easily. The challenge is especially daunting where refrigeration is lacking. Estimates suggest that up to 40% of produce ...

    Posted at June 23, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Nanotech extends shelf life of fresh fruit
  • Supporting pollinators could have big payoff for Texas cotton farmers

    According to a new study by The University of Texas at Austin, increasing the diversity of pollinator species, including bees, flies and butterflies, can dramatically increase cotton production. The researchers estimate that in South Texas, the region they studied, increasing the diversity of pollinators could boost cotton production by up to 18 percent, yielding an increase in annual revenue of more than $1.1 million. The research is published in the June 16 issue ...

    Posted at June 15, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Supporting pollinators could have big payoff for Texas cotton farmers
  • Honeybees pick up ‘astonishing’ number of pesticides via non-crop plants

    A Purdue University study shows that honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season. Christian Krupke, professor of entomology, and then-postdoctoral researcher Elizabeth Long collected pollen from Indiana honeybee hives at three sites over 16 weeks to learn which pollen sources honeybees ...

    Posted at June 8, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Honeybees pick up ‘astonishing’ number of pesticides via non-crop plants
  • ‘Simple is better’: Simple model predicts pesticide concentrations in environment more reliably

    For the evaluation of pesticides a simple model yields more reliable results than the method currently used in the EU. A recent study by the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University Koblenz-Landau and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich documents this. The researchers show that a significantly less complex box model for the risk assessment of pesticides can offer greater environmental safety than the FOCUS modelling approach presently employed ...

    Posted at June 1, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on ‘Simple is better’: Simple model predicts pesticide concentrations in environment more reliably
  • Genetically engineered crops: Experiences and prospects

    An extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has found that new technologies in genetic engineering and conventional breeding are blurring the once clear distinctions between these two crop-improvement approaches. In addition, while recognizing the inherent difficulty of detecting subtle or long-term effects on health or the environment, the study committee found no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between current commercially available genetically engineered ...

    Posted at May 25, 2016 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Genetically engineered crops: Experiences and prospects
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