LED lighting can significantly reduce greenhouse horticulture energy consumption
With the exception of energy consumption, where there is still much to be done, the Dutch are global leaders in greenhouse horticulture. The quality is high, and nowhere else is the use of water and pesticides ...
Polyethylene mulch, glazing create optimal conditions for soil solarization
Soil solarization, a process that uses solar radiation to rid the soil of pests, is most common in regions with high solar radiation and high temperatures during the summer season. An alternative to soil ...
Bacterial slime may be survivalist solution to catastrophic crop failure
If it were the end of the world as we know it, we'd be fine, according to Michigan Technological University professor Joshua Pearce.
High-quality drug testing helps protect the integrity of California horse racing
With big names like California Chrome, Bayern and Shared Belief taking the field for the Breeder's Cup Classic on Nov. 1, it's a safe bet that drug testing in American horse racing will be an ongoing topic.
Literature searches benefit from location tagging
Agricultural Research Service ecologist Jason Karl is creating new options for helping researchers to conduct literature searches that go beyond using traditional search terms such as keywords or authors. ...
Hair-degrading fungus comes under the microscope
A forensic biologist has revealed some process involved in hair degradation previously associated with the dead can exist in hairs on the living.
Foragers find bounty of edibles in urban food deserts
With the gusto of wine enthusiasts in a tasting room, UC Berkeley professors Philip Stark and Tom Carlson eye, sniff and sample their selections, pronouncing them "robust," "lovely," "voluptuous"—and even ...
Picking vegetables to grow starts with knowing where to plant
No matter how you look at it, the online Texas Vegetable Variety Selector will help growers choose the best types to grow in a particular locale, according to Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ...
How photosynthesis changed the planet
Two and a half billion years ago, single-celled organisms called cyanobacteria harnessed sunlight to split water molecules, producing energy to power their cells and releasing oxygen into an atmosphere that ...
Oregon food label measure headed for recount
Tallies of the last remaining ballots show an Oregon measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods lost by only 809 votes and is headed for an automatic recount.