Navigation Links
Researchers introducing sustainable agriculture practices to improve food security
Date:3/15/2010

Blacksburg, Va.-- Two Virginia Tech professors are leading research teams that will work with scientists and small-scale farmers in South America and the Caribbean to increase food production, improve soil quality, and reduce risks associated with climate change. The projects are part of the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program (SANREM CRSP), a $15 million, five-year program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and managed by the university's Office of International Research, Education, and Development.

Central to both projects and five others managed by the SANREM CRSP through 2014 are conservation agriculture techniques such as controlling soil erosion and increasing soil organic matter with cover crops, minimizing soil disturbance from tillage, and rotating crops to improve soil health and discourage agricultural pests.

Jeffrey Alwang, professor of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech, is directing a project titled "Pathways to conservation agriculture production systems in the Andes." With sites in Bolivia and Ecuador, the project will use research in soil sciences, cropping systems, plant pathology, and economic and social sciences to design, evaluate, and disseminate conservation agricultural technologies aimed at improving food security in the region.

"Farm families in the Andean Region often depend on just one food crop: the potato," Alwang said. "We will study ways to improve potato yields, test new varieties, and introduce alternative crops like beans and Andean fruits to raise farmer incomes. We will also experiment with techniques to improve soil quality and reduce erosion on steep slopes."

James McKenna, professor and interim head of the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, is leading a conservation agriculture project in Haiti. "Less than half of Haiti's food is currently produced in Haiti,"
'/>"/>

Contact: Miriam Rich
mrich@vt.edu
540-231-4153
Virginia Tech
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Carnegie Mellon researchers seek to control blood loss
2. Researchers characterize stem cell function
3. Penn researchers identify immune cells that fight parasites may promote allergies and asthma
4. VAI researchers develop tool to help study prostate cancer
5. Researchers examine plants ability to identify, block invading bacteria
6. Community involvement important in fight against childhood obesity, according to UTHealth researchers
7. Exercise counters negative effects of weight regain, researchers find
8. Rice researchers make graphene hybrid
9. New dinosaur rears its head; U-M researchers part of team announcing find
10. Discovery in legumes could reduce fertilizer use, aid environment: Stanford researchers
11. Researchers fishing for cancer cure discover active DHA derivatives
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Researchers introducing sustainable agriculture practices to improve food security
(Date:9/16/2014)... inherit certain traits from our parents that are pre-determined. ... play out by taking certain drugs or better yet, ... team of researchers at the Boston University School of ... research. , Epigenetics regulates gene expression in a ... which prevent permanent mutations or alterations within the gene ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... Each tree species has its own bacterial identity. That,s ... from other institutions who studied the genetic fingerprints of ... Panamanian island. , "This study demonstrates for the first ... with different ecological strategies possess very different microbial communities ... a former postdoctoral researcher in the UO,s Institute of ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... a 10-km diameter chunk of rock hit the Yukatan peninsula ... the force of 100 teratons of TNT. It left a ... wildfires, global earthquakes and volcanism are widely accepted to have ... of the mammals. But what happened to the plants on ... researchers from the University of Arizona reveals that the meteorite ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Epigenetic drugs: A hope to treat cancer resistance and reduce cancer relapse? 2Epigenetic drugs: A hope to treat cancer resistance and reduce cancer relapse? 3Microbiome research shows each tree species has a unique bacterial identity 2Meteorite that doomed the dinosaurs helped the forests bloom 2Meteorite that doomed the dinosaurs helped the forests bloom 3
... a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth,s atmosphere ... according to Princeton University-led research published in the journal ... take a lot less carbon than previously thought to reach ... an Earth on which, after 1,800 billion tons of carbon ...
... Think Greenland,s ice sheet is small today? It was ... history from 3-5,000 years ago, according to scientists who studied ... interpreting the Arctic fossil record. "What,s really interesting about this ... 5,000 years ago, maybe as late as 4,000 years ago. The ...
... Gregg, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering ... Computer Science this fall, is a recipient of a ... for research that will combine robot control theory and ... orthotic devices. "According to the American Society of ...
Cached Biology News:Even if emissions stop, carbon dioxide could warm Earth for centuries 2Even if emissions stop, carbon dioxide could warm Earth for centuries 3Greenland's shrunken ice sheet: We've been here before 2Greenland's shrunken ice sheet: We've been here before 3UT Dallas professor wins $2.3 million NIH award 2UT Dallas professor wins $2.3 million NIH award 3
(Date:9/17/2014)... MA (PRWEB) September 17, 2014 ... Safety (ACRES) , a multi-stakeholder non-profit collaborative building ... efficiency in clinical research, today announced Phase 3 ... , Amir H. Kalali, Vice-President, ... and Arti Bajpai, President, Compliance and Quality Integration ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... NEW YORK , Sept. 16, 2014 This ... by the following Product Segments: Software, Hardware, and Biocontent. The ... Canada , Japan , ... Latin America , and Rest of World. Annual estimates ... Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... , Sept. 16, 2014  Biocom, the association representing ... community, recognizes the 9 th Annual National Health ... of IT technologies in improving our health care system. ... is one of the world,s most vibrant hubs for ... mobile health applications to genomic testing to remote patient ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... COLUMBIA, Mo. From cell phones to cars ... everyday life. Scientists and technology companies constantly are ... Now, for the first time using a water-based ... created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery ... as a reliable energy source in automobiles and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Standards Initiative for Clinical Research Sites Advances 2Global Standards Initiative for Clinical Research Sites Advances 3Global Standards Initiative for Clinical Research Sites Advances 4Global Bioinformatics Industry 2Global Bioinformatics Industry 3Global Bioinformatics Industry 4Global Bioinformatics Industry 5Global Bioinformatics Industry 6Global Bioinformatics Industry 7Global Bioinformatics Industry 8Global Bioinformatics Industry 9Global Bioinformatics Industry 10Global Bioinformatics Industry 11Global Bioinformatics Industry 12Global Bioinformatics Industry 13Global Bioinformatics Industry 14Global Bioinformatics Industry 15Global Bioinformatics Industry 16Global Bioinformatics Industry 17Global Bioinformatics Industry 18Global Bioinformatics Industry 19Global Bioinformatics Industry 20Global Bioinformatics Industry 21Global Bioinformatics Industry 22Global Bioinformatics Industry 23Biocom Recognizes National Health IT Week 2
... CHERRY HILL, N.J., Sept. 21 Nuvilex, Inc. (OTC Bulletin ... venture partner with Reme-Flu(TM), will be incorporating Syn-X9(TM) proprietary delivery ... remedy designed to help prevent and treat flu-type symptoms resulting ... , , The unique attributes ...
... Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced today that Clet Niyikiza, Ph.D., ... Niyikiza comes to Merrimack from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) where he was ... Niyikiza has extensive drug development experience with a career ... which he has led ten New Drug Application teams that ...
... , , ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 21 ... the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its Investigational New ... Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig,s disease) with its spinal cord stem ... ) , , Neuralstem is the first ...
Cached Biology Technology:Nuvilex, Inc. Announced that Reme-Flu(TM) will Incorporate Proprietary Syn-X9(TM) Delivery Technology into its Product Formulation 2Nuvilex, Inc. Announced that Reme-Flu(TM) will Incorporate Proprietary Syn-X9(TM) Delivery Technology into its Product Formulation 3Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Names Clet Niyikiza, Ph.D. Senior Vice President, Development 2Neuralstem Receives FDA Approval to Commence First ALS Stem Cell Trial 2Neuralstem Receives FDA Approval to Commence First ALS Stem Cell Trial 3Neuralstem Receives FDA Approval to Commence First ALS Stem Cell Trial 4
... Proteolytic degradation is critical to the ... and regulatory proteins as important and ... metabolism, heat shock and stress response, ... receptors and ion channels, cell cycle ...
Each Yeast-GFP clone represents an individual S. cerevisiae strain containing an open reading frame with a C-terminal Aequorea Victoria GFP (S65T) fusion tag....
... be used for the identification of potential biomarkers ... and other diseases. Due to the fact that ... it provides an attractive alternative to blood plasma ... ProteoSpin Urine Protein Concentration Micro Kit provides ...
... forces with the Mickle Laboratory Engineering Company ... This tissue sectioning system has been designed ... experiments and to be especially applicable to ... or from small organs. Its special features ...
Biology Products: