Science News29/02/2016

Better water management could halve the global food gap

Improved agricultural water management could halve the global food gap by 2050 and buffer some of the harmful climate change effects on crop yields. Investing in crop water management could substantially reduce hunger while at the same time making up for population growth

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Science News29/02/2016

Pollinators vital to our food supply under threat

Between US$235 billion and US$577 billion worth of annual global food production relies on direct contributions by pollinators. 16 per cent of vertebrate pollinators are threatened with global extinction

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Science News31/01/2016

The effect of light intensity and duration on vitamin C concentration in tomato fruits

Practical cultivation systems can be developed to increase the vitamin C concentration, enabling growers to give their products an added value.

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Science News30/01/2016

Eating less meat might not be the way to go green

Reduced meat consumption might not lower greenhouse gas emissions from one of the world’s biggest beef producing regions, new research has found. The finding may seem incongruous, as intensive agriculture is responsible for such a large proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions

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Science News30/12/2015

How LED lighting treatments affect greenhouse tomato quality

Tomato plants received supplemental lighting from high-pressure sodium lamps or from intracanopy (IC) LED towers. Results showed that tomato quality was largely unaffected by the type of light treatment

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Science News30/12/2015

Optimize water usage and improve irrigation

70% of the world’s water is used for agriculture and food production. Irrigated agriculture accounts for 20% of the total cultivated land but contributes 40% of the total food produced worldwide

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Science News30/12/2015

How to protect from Listeria monocytogenes?

According to Western Daily News, one such pathogen is Listeria monocytogenes, the causative organism for listeriosis in livestock. It is also capable of causing significant disease in humans

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Science News29/10/2015

Conventional, compost, organic production compared for strawberry

Compost, organic systems effectively reduce environmental, human health impacts. The scientists said that the report can be a guide for strawberry growers who want to improve soil management practices

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Science News29/10/2015

Scientists produce beneficial natural compounds in tomato

One tomato can produce the same quantity of Resveratrol as exists in 50 bottles of red wine, suggest researchers who have learned how to produce this compound naturally.

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Science News30/09/2015

How to increase wheat yield during drought in rainfed environments

Researchers investigated the use of film-forming antitranspirants, which are emulsions of wax or latex that reduce water loss through transpiration, by forming a thin film on foliage

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Science News30/09/2015

The mycorrhizal fungi to decrease the amounts of fertilizers

While mycorrhizal fungi typically only grow on the roots of plants, recent bio-technological breakthroughs now allow scientists to produce massive quantities of the fungus that can be suspended in high concentrations in a gel for easy transportation

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Science News31/08/2015

The pollinator's decline could harm health of millions

Pollinators play a key role in roughly 35% of global food production and are directly responsible for up to 40% of the world’s supply of micronutrients such as vitamin A and folate

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Science News29/06/2015

Cancer drug makes fruit flies live longer

Death still seems to be inevitable, but we now have evidence to suggest it is possible to develop pharmacological treatments to keep us healthier for longer

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Science News28/02/2015

Gene may help reduce GM contamination

The researchers found a gene making a protein that naturally allows a small handful of plants to self-pollinate and make fruit before the flower opens

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Science News28/02/2015

When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes

The researchers found that the plants grown with the nitrogen-exposed rhizobia produced 17 to 30 percent less biomass and significantly less chlorophyll than plants grown with rhizobia from the unfertilized plots

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Science News28/02/2015

New crop production guide aimed at helping farmers tap growing organic markets

If you are an organic-crop producer in the Northeast, or a farmer interested in transitioning to organic, there is a new resource available to provide the research-based information you need to be successfu

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Science News28/02/2015

Climate change may dramatically reduce wheat production

A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat traded will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken

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