Wageningen University

Panama disease spreads among bananas—again

Panama disease is causing significant damage in banana cultivation in Southeast Asia. Together with a number of partners, scientists from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) have demonstrated that the disease – ...

dateNov 01, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Feverfew genes yield anticancer compounds

The tobacco-like plant Nicotiana benthamiana can be used to produce potential anti-cancer drugs. Researchers of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) discovered which genes in the herb feverfew are responsible for ...

dateDec 03, 2013 in Biotechnology
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DNA based diagnostics 2.0

The latest generation of DNA sequencers allows all the genes of a plant, as well as any pathogens present, to be charted literally within a few days. "This provides unprecedented opportunities for the diagnosis of plant diseases, ...

dateJul 01, 2014 in Biotechnology
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Spheres can form squares

Everybody who has tried to stack oranges in a box knows that a regular packing of spheres in a flat layer naturally leads to a hexagonal pattern, where each sphere is surrounded by six neighbours in a honeycomb-like fashion. ...

dateMay 24, 2013 in Soft Matter
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Integrated approach vital to reduction food waste and loss

Governments, international organisations, businesses and community agencies worldwide must create joint programmes to reduce food loss and waste (FLW), if they want to show that they are really committed to developing sustainable ...

dateJul 10, 2014 in Other
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Sustainable algae cultivation making headway

Four years after the first optimistic calculations, the experimental cultivation of algae appears to be meeting expectations. Production costs have been more than halved, while the profit made on some crop components already ...

dateJun 11, 2014 in Other
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