Carbon mitigation strategy uses wood for buildings first, bioenergy second
Proposals to remove the carbon dioxide caused by burning fossil fuel from the atmosphere include letting commercially managed forests grow longer between harvests or not cutting them at all.
Satellite technology enables rapid, accurate mapping of forest harvest in upper Midwest
(PhysOrg.com) -- Using satellite images, Mutlu Ozdogan, an assistant professor of forest and wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is automatically generating maps showing where trees have ...
BASF applies for EU approval of genetically modified potato
German chemicals giant BASF said Monday it has applied for EU approval for a genetically modified potato which is resistant to a disease that wipes out a fifth of the world's potato crops each year.
Floods drown Asia's rice bowl
Massive floods have ravaged vast swathes of Asia's rice bowl, threatening to further drive up food prices and adding to the burden of farmers who are among the region's poorest, experts say.
Artificial light-harvesting method achieves 100% energy transfer efficiency
Successful rainwater harvesting systems should combine new technology with old social habits
As a crippling drought grips much of the Southern and Southwestern United States, the population continues to grow and water resources become scarcer. One way to address the problem is by a combination of modern engineering ...
Shaping the plants of the future
A hormone that determines the size and shape of crops could improve harvests, and help in the control of a vampire plant according to Queensland researchers presenting their work today at the International Botanical Congress ...
Scientists find rice 'chalk' gene, eye yield rise
Scientists expect to soon be able to remove a chalk-like part of rice, dramatically raising global harvests amid rising demand for the staple, an international research outfit said Tuesday.
Raiders of the lost amp
Energy harvesting is a process that captures energy that would otherwise be lost as heat, light, sound, vibration or motion. It can use this captured energy to improve the efficiency of existing systems or even to power new ...
Canada seeks to breed a better honey bee
Following a massive bee die-off in parts of the world, two Canadian universities on Wednesday launched an effort to breed honey bees resistant to pests and diseases.
Scientists wrong to criticize alternative rice growing method
Bigger harvests using an alternative cultivation method without high-tech. A method developed by a priest in Madagascar. Scientists turn their backs on it, but the African method is reliable and sound.
Researchers begin effort to reduce crop loss from parasitic weed attacking Africa's crops
Scientists based in Nigeria and Kenya have begun a major push against parasitic weeds that have spread across much of sub-Saharan Africa, causing up to US$1.2 billion in damage every year to the maize and cowpea crops of ...
Study probes sources of Mississippi River phosphorus
In their eagerness to cut nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico, people have often sought simple explanations for the problem: too many large animal operations, for instance, or farmers ...
Out of thick air: Refining tools and techniques of fog harvesting
In the arid Namib Desert on the west coast of Africa, one type of beetle has found a distinctive way of surviving. When the morning fog rolls in, the Stenocara gracilipes species, also known as the Namib Beetle, ...