Agriculture

Chinese Scientist To Lead Global Agriculture Agency
August 24, 2007 08:09 AM - , SciDevNet

The appointment of a leading Chinese scientist at the world's major agricultural research body is expected to better apply Chinese resources and expertise to the global fight against poverty. Wang Ren was this week (22 August) announced as the first Chinese scientist to be appointed director of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a major agricultural research consortium launched by the World Bank to help the poor countries.

Organic Sugar Company Selected To Build A New Fla. Ethanol Plant
August 23, 2007 08:15 PM - PR Newswire

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The University of Florida selected Florida Crystals Corporation's Okeelanta facility as the site to build a cellulosic ethanol research and demonstration plant in Palm Beach County. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday the university selection committee chose Florida Crystals from a list of bidders to construct a cellulosic ethanol plant that will produce 1 million to 2 million gallons of ethanol a year.

Earth Conservancy Receives Pa. Governor's Environmental Award
August 23, 2007 08:05 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - They transformed a Pennsylvania waste dump into a beautiful green space. And today, the environmentalist group Earth Conservancy was honored with recognition from the state's top environmental official.

"Eat Well" Tour Finds Americans Hungry For, And Serving Sustainable Food
August 23, 2007 07:39 PM - PR Newswire

Sustainable Table Founder and Director Diane Hatz set off on her 38-day Eat Well Guided Tour of America earlier this month from California to New York, she suspected she'd be meeting far more interesting people than recent media caricatures of America have suggested. But Hatz reports that she and her fellow travelers on the bio-fueled bus have been surprised that "nearly everyone we've met" seems to share the deeper hunger that inspired the trip: "for food that satisfies our palates and helps sustain our environment, all while helping us to re-connect with community."

Pakistan: Unknown Virus Attacks Cotton Crop
August 23, 2007 09:53 AM - BharatTextile.com

The Sindh cotton crop is hit by an unknown virus as both growers and Agriculture Department are finding ways to tackle it. The virus has come inspite of using pesticides and is expected to further worsen the situation due to the recent rains. The virus is seen to be flourishing in moisture.

EU Relaxes Ban on British Meat Exports
August 23, 2007 09:16 AM - Jan Sliva, Associated Press

The European Union on Thursday relaxed a ban on exports of British livestock, meat and dairy products that was imposed after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in southeastern England earlier this month.

Climate change goes underground
August 23, 2007 09:10 AM - Soil Science Society of America

Climate change, a recent “hot topic” when studying the atmosphere, oceans, and Earth’s surface; however, the study of another important factor to this global phenomenon is still very much “underground.” Few scientists are looking deep enough to see the possible effects of climate change on groundwater systems. Little is known about how soil, subsurface waters, and groundwater are responding to climate change.

Challenges Remain In Reintroducing American Chestnut
August 22, 2007 01:24 PM - Douglas M. Main, Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have developed a breed of American chestnut that is resistant to the fungal blight that decimated its population in the early 1900s. But the return of this "king of trees," so-called for its picturesque form and towering height of more than 100 feet, remains hampered by a slew of obstacles, said a Purdue University researcher.

Do Higher Corn Prices Mean Less Adherence to Ecological Principles?
August 22, 2007 10:58 AM - University of Illinois-Champaign

Expectations of higher corn prices are leading some farmers to neglect or ignore integrated pest management strategies, and their behavior could undermine the very technologies that sustain them, University of Illinois researchers report today at the American Chemical Society meeting in Boston.

Cow-Powered Fuel Cells Grow Smaller, Mightier
August 22, 2007 10:26 AM - Ohio State University

"Cows could one day help to meet the rise in demand for alternative energy sources," say Ohio State University researchers that used microbe-rich fluid from a cow to generate electricity in a small fuel cell.

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