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Earthworms as nature's free fertilizer

Earthworm presence in the soil increases crop yield, shows a new study that was published this week in Scientific Reports. "This is not unexpected," says Jan Willem van Groenigen, associate professor in the ...

Sep 16, 2014
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Red tomatoes thanks to meteorite

(Phys.org) -- The meteorite which crashed into the Earth 60 to 70 million years ago, wiping out dinosaurs, had probably given us nice red tomatoes as well. This can be deduced from a tomato genome analysis, published on 30 May in Nature. ...

Jun 08, 2012
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Pest-free plant material thanks to CATT method

A treatment with warm air rich in CO2 and low in oxygen helps clear plants of nematodes, thrips, mosquito larvae and other pests. "It prevents the uncertainty and resistance issues that come with the use ...

Nov 12, 2013
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Plants can 'switch off' virus DNA

A team of virologists and plant geneticists at Wageningen UR has demonstrated that when tomato plants contain Ty-1 resistance to the important Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV), parts of the virus DNA ...

Aug 22, 2014
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Biofuel from human urine

Micro-algae can grow on undiluted human urine. This offers opportunities for new water purification methods and perhaps even for converting urine into usable chemical substances and biofuels.

Sep 30, 2013
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The interaction between vegetation and clouds

Jordi Vila and colleagues just published an article in Geophysical Research Letters on interactions between plant evapotranspiration, controlled by photosynthesis, and moist thermals responsible for the fo ...

Mar 13, 2014
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