Archive: 4/11/2009

Tension on the grapevine

Predictions of grape yields are extremely important to juice processors and wineries; timely and precise yield forecasts allow producers to plan for harvest and move the highly perishable grape crop from vine to processing ...

dateNov 04, 2009 in Other
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DNA 'barcode' for tropical trees

In foods, soil samples or customs checks, plant fragments sometimes need to be quickly identified. The use of DNA “barcodes” to itemize plant biodiversity was proposed during the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Summit. Jérôme ...

dateNov 04, 2009 in Biotechnology
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A delicate grip

( -- Solar wafers for use in the production of photovoltaic systems are extremely sensitive. In a test and demonstration center research is being conducted on grippers to determine the best way of handling delicate ...

dateNov 04, 2009 in Engineering
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Plentiful poinsettias without PGRs

Poinsettias can be a lucrative crop for ornamental plant growers, particularly during the Christmas season. In the temperate regions of the southern hemisphere, where poinsettias are grown for both export and local markets, ...

dateNov 04, 2009 in Plants & Animals
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