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Minimising water use, maintaining productivity

As the climate warms up, more and more farmers in Switzerland need to irrigate their crops. This is problematic because many rivers carry less water. If the increase in water use is limited, agricultural production will not ...

Jan 07, 2014
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Nvidia promotes new chip with crop circle

A 310-foot "crop circle" in a California barley field that mystified locals this week was explained Sunday: it was a publicity stunt by Nvidia Corp., a maker of chips for PCs and smartphones.

Jan 06, 2014
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Grass as the new biofuel

A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops

Dec 18, 2013
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A model grass gets its genomic profile

The grass species known as the purple false brome, Brachypodium distachyon, has great potential as a model plant for research due to its short generation time, small size, small genome and ease of breeding. ...

Dec 13, 2013
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Brazil adapting wheat production to tropics

Over decades, Brazil revolutionized its agriculture by adapting production of soybean, milk, meat and corn to tropical conditions. Now it aims to do the same with wheat.

Dec 12, 2013
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Silver Banksia plants excel at phosphate saving

Plants in the leached soils of Western Australia have developed a special strategy for coping with the scarcity of phosphorus. Together with colleagues from the University of Western Australia, Perth, scientists ...

Dec 10, 2013
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Benefits of mechanical grape crop thinning

Concord grape growers in western New York expanded the use of mechanical crop thinning techniques this season to maximize the value of an abundant harvest in what started as an uncertain year. By removing ...

Dec 06, 2013
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