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Agriculture Research and News

Nutrient protecting 'peanut brittle' for cattle receives patent (12/22/2014)

A US patent has been issued for a Kansas State University-developed 'peanut brittle' that ensures cows and other livestock eating it get their vitamins. ...> Full Article


Seeing the forest for the trees (12/21/2014)

Seeing the forest for the treesThe largest trees in a forest may command the most attention, but the smallest seedlings and youngest saplings are the ones that are most critical to the composition and diversity of the forest overall. ...> Full Article


New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food (12/20/2014)

Agricultural decisions made by our ancestors more than 10,000 years ago could hold the key to food security in the future, according to new research by the University of Sheffield. ...> Full Article


Home on the range (12/19/2014)

Home on the rangeWith more and more rainforest giving way to pasture and grazing land every year, the practice of cattle ranching in the Amazon has serious implications on a global scale. At the same time, however, it provides a degree of socioeconomic flexibility for Amazonian smallholders who simply can't survive on what the forest or agriculture provide. ...> Full Article


Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture? (12/18/2014)

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?An analysis of 115 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. Researchers also found that taking into account methods that optimize the productivity of organic agriculture could minimize the yield gap between organic and conventional farming. ...> Full Article


Put algae in your tank (12/17/2014)

Put algae in your tankBecause food crops are also used for energy production, millions of people are threatened by starvation. Algae could provide an alternative: They only need sunlight to grow, thrive in salty water on barren fields. But it is a major challenge to exactly reproduce sunlight in the laboratory. In collaboration with the Berlin LED manufacturer FUTURELED scientists at the Technische Universität München have now developed a methodology for simulating all kinds of light situations. ...> Full Article


Machine harvesting may increase apple supply for hard cider market (12/16/2014)

Machine harvesting may increase apple supply for hard cider marketA study of a 'Brown Snout' cider apples compared total harvested fruit weight, labor hours, tree and fruit damage, and fruit and juice quality for machine harvest and hand harvest. Results showed the machine harvester used four times less labor than hand harvest, yield reached 87 percent that of hand harvest, and juice quality characteristics were not negatively affected, suggesting that machine harvest may be suitable for cider apples if equipment is available and affordable. ...> Full Article


High tunnels found effective for finishing cold-tolerant annuals (12/15/2014)

High tunnels found effective for finishing cold-tolerant annualsResearchers studied the growth and development of 10 bedding plant species in an unheated high tunnel compared with a traditional greenhouse in northern New York and northern Indiana. They determined that, although bedding crops should be examined on a cultivar- and species-specific basis, production of cold-tolerant annuals in unheated or minimally heated high tunnels can be a viable alternative for reducing energy costs in commercial bedding plant producers located in northern latitudes. ...> Full Article


Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job (12/14/2014)

Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their jobResearchers compared the effects of nontillage weed control methods, including polyethylene black plastic, woodchips, shredded newspaper, a combination of shredded newspaper plus grass clippings, and bare soil (control) on soil characteristics, squash pollination and fruit production, and squash bee nesting. Shredded newspaper combined with grass clippings was determined to be effective mulch material that improved crop performance with no apparent negative impacts on squash bee nesting or on squash floral resources and pollination. ...> Full Article


Bougainvillea's response to deficit irrigation tested (12/13/2014)

Bougainvillea's response to deficit irrigation testedResearchers determined effects of deficit irrigation treatments on three potted Bougainvillea varieties grown in two shapes. Shoot, total dry biomass, leaf number, leaf area, and macronutrient, phosphorus, and potassium concentration decreased in response to an increase in water stress, with the lowest values recorded in the severe deficit irrigation treatment. The researchers determined that moderate deficit irrigation treatments can be used successfully in Bougainvillea and recommended two genotypes suitable for pot plant production. ...> Full Article


Insecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yields (12/12/2014)

Insecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yieldsInsecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of South Florida. ...> Full Article


Ever tried a 'laser delicious' apple? (12/11/2014)

Ever tried a 'laser delicious' apple?The ability to detect when to harvest 'climacteric' fruits -- such as apples, bananas, pears and tomatoes -- at the precise moment to ensure 'peak edibleness' in terms of both taste and texture may soon be within reach for farmers, thanks to the work of a team of researchers from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale de Brest in France. ...> Full Article


Gluten-free faba bean for bread and pasta (12/10/2014)

The Technical Research Center of Finland has developed food application technologies for an ancient domestic protein crop -- faba beans. ...> Full Article


Cover crops can sequester soil organic carbon (12/9/2014)

Cover crops can sequester soil organic carbonA 12-year University of Illinois study shows that, although the use of cover crops does not improve crop yields, the practice does increase the amount of sequestered soil organic carbon using three different soil management systems. ...> Full Article


Chemists identify role of soil in pollution control (12/8/2014)

Scientists have long known that air pollution caused by cars and trucks, solvent use and even plants, is reduced when broken down by naturally occurring compounds that act like detergents of the atmosphere. What has not been well understood until now are the relative contributions of all the processes producing such compounds. A new study, led by University of Toronto atmospheric chemist Jennifer Murphy, shows a key component of the process is the soil beneath our feet. ...> Full Article

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Nutrient protecting 'peanut brittle' for cattle receives patent

Seeing the forest for the treesSeeing the forest for the trees

New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food

Home on the rangeHome on the range

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

Put algae in your tankPut algae in your tank

Machine harvesting may increase apple supply for hard cider marketMachine harvesting may increase apple supply for hard cider market

High tunnels found effective for finishing cold-tolerant annualsHigh tunnels found effective for finishing cold-tolerant annuals

Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their jobOrganic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job

Bougainvillea's response to deficit irrigation testedBougainvillea's response to deficit irrigation tested

Insecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yieldsInsecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yields

Ever tried a 'laser delicious' apple?Ever tried a 'laser delicious' apple?

Gluten-free faba bean for bread and pasta

Cover crops can sequester soil organic carbonCover crops can sequester soil organic carbon

Chemists identify role of soil in pollution control



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