New report calls for ‘urgent action’ over mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows youth, mothers Zainab Mughal: Toddler with cancer spurs hunt for rare blood Plant genetic resources ensure ag’s future Greenland ice sheet melt ‘off the charts’ compared with past four centuries Scientists call for eight steps to increase soil carbon for climate action and food security Can rice filter water from ag fields? E-waste Republic Soil tilling, mulching key to China’s potato crop Looking to the Long Road Ahead From AI to Drones, Smart Technology is Firing Up Wildlife Conservation Globally
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Plant genetic resources ensure ag’s future

magine a gardener, plant explorer, geneticist, and computer specialist all rolled into one job. You might call that person a steward of plant genetic resources.Plant genetic resources are any plant materials, such as seeds, fruits, cuttings, pollen, and other organs and tissues from which plants can be grown. The stewards are the breeders, researchers, farmers, […]

Can rice filter water from ag fields?

Rice is a staple food crop of 20 percent of the world’s population. It’s also grown on every continent except Antarctica. While it’s an important part of our diets, new research shows that rice plants can be used in a different way, too: to clean runoff from farms before it gets into rivers, lakes, and streams.This […]

Soil tilling, mulching key to China’s potato crop

When you think of China, do you think of potatoes? Maybe not, but in the Loess Plateau region of northwestern China, potato is the main food crop.  Even though it is such an important crop there, potato yields are lower than they could be. The area has a dry climate with uneven precipitation. Droughts are […]

Figures reveal agriculture death toll

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive said a total of 33 people died across Britain in the 12 months to the end of March.The incidents in Scotland included a 76-year-old farmer who was crushed by a bull.A 62-year-old farmer drowned while tending to oysters being grown on the seabed, while a farm worker was […]

Arable soil health in our country in jeopardy

soil research finding shows that over two-third of the country's agricultural lands lack essential organic elements because of the indiscriminate use of chemical overdoses and over-exploitation of lands for year-round farming. As per the findings of a just published government's Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI) report, almost 62 percent of the country's arable lands are […]

Organic insect deterrent for agriculture

Traditional insecticides are killers: they not only kill pests, they also endanger bees and other beneficial insects, as well as affecting biodiversity in soils, lakes, rivers and seas. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed an alternative: A biodegradable agent that keeps pests at bay without poisoning them. "It's not […]

Increasing soil health and productivity of rice crops

A healthy soil ecosystem is needed for sustainable rice production. However, rice is very different from other crops because it is often grown in flooded fields where the soil is saturated for long periods of time. What is unique with this system, as compared with other cropping systems without soil flooding, is the maintenance of […]

Increasing soil health and productivity of rice crops

A healthy soil ecosystem is needed for sustainable rice production. However, rice is very different from other crops because it is often grown in flooded fields where the soil is saturated for long periods of time. What is unique with this system, as compared with other cropping systems without soil flooding, is the maintenance of […]

Breeding better Brazilian rice

Outside Asia, no country produces as much rice as does Brazil. It is the ninth largest rice producer in the world. Average annual yields are close to 15 million tons.Rice production in Brazil is a multi-billion dollar industry. It employs hundreds of thousands of people, directly and indirectly.Given the importance of rice farming in Brazil, […]

Fertilizers’ impact on soil health compared

  In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. Ekrem Ozlu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his team studied two fields in South Dakota. From 2003 to 2015, the research team applied either manure or inorganic fertilizer to field plots growing corn and soybeans. […]

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