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Growing plants on Mars

We have been to the moon several times. Next time, we may go back for a considerable period. And concrete plans for a one-way ticket to Mars have already been forged. Food will have to be grown on location. ...

dateMar 28, 2013 in Space Exploration
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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 ...

dateNov 12, 2013 in Ecology
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How plants grow and develop

How does a complete plant with stems, leafs and flowers develop from a tiny clump of seemingly identical cells? For a very long time, the mechanism of tissue formation in plants remained unclear. The biochemists ...

dateAug 08, 2014 in Biotechnology
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Tomatoes with extra vitamin C via LED lamps

(Phys.org) —Tomatoes can contain more vitamin C if they are exposed to extra light from LED lamps while growing on the plant. This has been proven by research by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in ...

dateMay 09, 2013 in Biotechnology
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Plastic nanoparticles also harm freshwater organisms

Organisms can be negatively affected by plastic nanoparticles, not just in the seas and oceans but in freshwater bodies too. These particles slow the growth of algae, cause deformities in water fleas and impede communication ...

dateOct 18, 2014 in Environment
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Nanoparticles' effects on soils exposed

Nanotechnology can help solve many problems. But it is a technology that involves risks as well, for people and for the environment. In a PhD study conducted at Alterra Wageningen UR and Wageningen University, ...

dateJan 30, 2013 in Bio & Medicine
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