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Wearable Sensors Measure Water Use in Crops

Alex Whitebrook/ February 16, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Iowa State University plant scientist Patrick Schnable quickly described how he measured the time it takes for two kinds of corn plants to move water from their roots to their lower leaves and then to their upper leaves. This was no technical, precise, poster talk. This was a researcher interested in working with new, low-cost, easily produced, graphene-based sensors on

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Technology gains may have saved many a crop last season

Alex Whitebrook/ February 16, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

We often reflect on the previous year at this time of the year and give thanks for the bounties that we have received. This is magnified with those of you who receive their livelihoods from the land. We are so at the mercy of Mother Nature. This was very evident this past year. However, the most common remark I heard

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Can nuclear technology zap hunger in Central African Republic?

Alex Whitebrook/ February 15, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Tucked away on the University of Bangui campus in the capital of Central African Republic, a portacabin surrounded by palm trees shelters neat rows of test-tubes filled with green shoots. Here scientists are running a laboratory using advanced nuclear-derived techniques to find a solution to one of the war-torn country’s most urgent and deadliest problems: hunger. But the conflict has

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Genomic Study of Wild Chickpea Identifies Promising Traits

Alex Whitebrook/ February 14, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Perhaps you missed the news that the price of hummus has spiked in Great Britain. The cause, as the New York Times reported on February 8: drought in India, resulting in a poor harvest of chickpeas. Far beyond making dips for pita bread, chickpeas are a legume of life-and-death importance—especially in India, Pakistan, and Ethiopia where 1 in 5 of

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Farmers trained on using herbicide blamed for crop damage

Alex Whitebrook/ February 13, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

In this July 11, 2017, file photo, a farmer shows the damage to soybean plants from dicamba in Marvell, Ark. Soybean and cotton farmers across the country are spending part of their winter undergoing free but mandatory training in how to properly use a weed killer that’s been blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields. The U.S. Environmental

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Agricen and Taranis Awarded Grant to Advance Crop Abiotic Stress Detection and Prevention

Alex Whitebrook/ February 13, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Frisco, Texas and TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Agricen, an industry leader in plant health technology, and Taranis, a leading precision agriculture company, have received a grant from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation to collaborate on the advancement and commercialization of a new precision agriculture system for crop abiotic stress detection and prevention. Abiotic

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Climate Change Is Impacting Production of Beans in Uganda

Alex Whitebrook/ February 12, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The common dry bean is an important crop grown and consumed throughout Uganda, where it plays a very significant role in the livelihoods of many resource-poor farm households. It is a major source of food and income for the rural smallholder farmers, especially women and children, and individuals involved in its retail trade at both national and regional level. The

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Forgotten crop pathogen re-emerges after 60 years?

Alex Whitebrook/ February 9, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Scientists, breeders, farmers and conservation groups must continue to work in close collaboration to prepare for the potential re-emergence of a forgotten crop pathogen, a new study advises today. Work between groups has already started following the discovery of a single wheat plant infected with stem rust – the first confirmed case of the plant disease in the UK in

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4 Apps that are changing the face of Indian agriculture

Alex Whitebrook/ February 8, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Majority of Indian population still depends on agriculture as the main occupation. Not only is it the main source of livelihood for many but also the largest contributor to national GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Many farmers are still deprived of minimum facilities and that is one of the major reasons for low agricultural productivity in India. The Economic Survey 2017-18, highlighted that

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Mapping technology to boost agricultural yields

Alex Whitebrook/ February 7, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Different Cambodian agricultural products displayed at a local trade fair. KT/Chor Sokunthea A new MoU signed between the government and a Korean firm will enable the application of advanced information and communication technology in agriculture, particularly precision agricultural mapping. The agreement was signed on Monday by Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon and by the chairman of Korea Land and Geospatial InformatiX Corporation,

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