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New winter hulless barley has high protein

...ntegral component of the region's cropping system, growers stopped producing it because it was not profitable. The Small Grains Breeding Program work is aimed at reversing this trend. It has focused on improving and diversifying barley's end-use quality. "Traditional hulled barley cultivars that have higher...

Sugar beet virus mutation requires Texas touch

...ta and North Dakota, Rush said his team works with growers and sugar company representatives at harvest time. Soil samples and infected beets are brought back to the lab at Bushland. Sugar beets are planted in the contaminated soil and the virus is purified from the infected plants, he said. The virus isola...

Hanging baskets of sex and death help fruit growers

...us to kill that very same pest. The device allows growers to selectively target the pest with a virus that k...s such as the red spider mite which would occur if growers used pesticides. Extended virus life - The virus does not fare well in direct sunlight. Growers who...

Quick identification needed to save Florida's citrus industry from devastating disease

...ing, it is vital that plant pathologists work with growers to quickly identify the disease and its insect hosts," said Ronald Brlansky, professor and plant pathologist with the University of Florida, CREC, Lake Alfred, FL. "Finding the extent of the disease and the removal of infected trees will reduce the d...

Hope for Alzheimer's blossoms

...developing crops more than once a year and helping growers to assess when the best time to harvest the crop. Frank Marsh, Marketing Director, The Manufacturing Engineering Centre said: "Galanthamine has major investment potential. Furthermore, the potential for Welsh hill farms is huge. The benefits are ext...

Biotech cotton 8: Bugs 0

...nik. The reduction in chemical pesticide use saves growers about $80 per acre. According to the Arizona Agricultural Statistics Bulletin, the value of Arizona's cotton crops for 2004 was estimated at $207 million. The key to Bt cotton's continued efficacy is the use of refuges ?patches of traditional cotton...

Genetic defenders protect crops from fungal disease

...bat fungal parasites that devastate crops and cost growers billions of dollars in pesticides every year. The study, published in the November 18 issue of the journal Science, describes powdery mildew infection in the mustard relative Arabidopsis thaliana. Each species of mildew is host-specific, meaning it ...

Tastier tomatoes in the future?

...e-up of the hybrid. The results could allow tomato growers to use wild tomatoes to produce cultured tomatoes with the characteristics they desire (Nature Biotechnology, March 12, 2006). Tomatoes are a major nutrient for humans. In 2004, 120,000 tonnes of tomatoes were harvested worldwide - and every year th...

Virginia Tech helping to develop higher quality, disease-resistant wheat varieties

...hare information about these new technologies with growers and end-users and an educational program to attract new students to agriculture and train them in modern and traditional breeding techniques. ...

UF researchers develop ways to keep the bloom on the rose

...nally, Nell and his research team are working with growers and retailers nationally and internationally to spread the word about how best to make flowers last longer. "Sometimes the differences we achieve relate to the flower quality as well as vase life," said Nell, who began working with roses because of ...

Bt cotton in China fails to reap profit after seven years

Although Chinese cotton growers were among the first farmers worldwide to plant genetically modified (GM) cotton to resist bollworms, the substantial profits they have reaped for several years by saving on pesticides have now been eroded. The reason, as reported by Cornell Univers...

Salk scientists untangle steroid hormone signaling in plants

...ng properties could increase crop yields or enable growers to make plants more resistant to drought, pathogen...ng hormone levels during dormant seasons may allow growers to control the height of grasses, trees or other plants, thereby eliminating the need to constantly ...

Ozone recovering, but unlikely to stabilize at pre-1980 levels, says study

...ng properties could increase crop yields or enable growers to make plants more resistant to drought, pathogen...ng hormone levels during dormant seasons may allow growers to control the height of grasses, trees or other plants, thereby eliminating the need to constantly ...

Biotech cotton provides same yield with fewer pesticides

... the western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus), growers use broad-spectrum insecticides and other types of...cent more cotton/acre than non-Bt cotton. However, growers that planted Bt cotton used fewer applications of broad-spectrum insecticides. As a result, growers ...

Found -- the apple gene for red

... skin as the fruit ripened and coloured. "Apple growers have always known that apple colour is dependant on light ?apples grown in darkness or even heavy shade don't turn red when they ripen," Dr Walker says. "That made it very likely that the gene we were looking for requires light to be activated." "B...

Recycled paper and compost could both be key tools to control plant disease

...ty of Warwick should have gardeners and commercial growers competing for both recycled paper and organic wast... composts were added to peat. Peat is used by many growers as it provides a clean and uniform material that is suitable for plant growth ?but its very cleanlin...

A giant among minnows: Giant danio can keep growing

...e throughout the life of the fish.? Indeterminate growers increase muscle mass both by recruiting new muscle fibers (hyperplasia) and by increasing the size of the existing muscle fibers (hypertrophy). Many fish species exhibit indeterminate (hyperplastic) growth. In this first phase of the study, the res...

Grape expectations for healthier wine

...rsity of California, Davis, said that because wine growers don't store grapes for prolonged periods, they are unlikely to use ozone in any preservation process. He agreed, however that the ozone process could be tweaked to replace problematic sulphites added to wine during the liquification process, presenti...

Research on grey mould offers possible breakthrough in tomato cultivation

Tomato growers are likely to soon be able to cultivate new tomato...he near future. The new varieties will mean tomato growers will have to devote far less resources ?or perhaps none at all ?to combating B. cinerea. An addit...

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