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2012-11-30 20:21:05

DALLAS, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Terroir, the art of selecting the proper soil type and location which will produce the highest quality of grapes and its relation to the quality of wine grapes produced, is a growing trend among vintners. [1] Modern research shows there are in fact intrinsic qualities of soil that blend the tending of proper soil type with actual science. The most important factors involved in healthy soil for vine growth include good internal drainage and...

Genome Of The Button Mushroom Sequenced
2012-10-09 05:30:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Occupying a prominent place in our diet and grocery stores, the button mushroom boasts a multibillion-dollar niche. In nature, the same mushroom, Agaricus bisporus, is known to decay leaf matter on the forest floor. A new study, led by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), has determined the complete gene sequence of A. bisporus. Published...

2012-07-30 02:22:22

DALLAS, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In the United States, we are amidst the worst drought since the 1950s[1].The area covered by severe or extreme drought conditions increased by 5% in the first week of July[2]. Although there are no overnight fixes for drought, preparing fields effectively before a drought strikes is the best plan of action. Farmers everywhere can rebuild, restore, and renew soil with Bio S.I. Technology's (www.biositechnology.com) all-natural Agriculture Formula to...

2011-09-30 11:13:00

JUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthy plants begin with healthy soil. But what is healthy soil? Bio S.I. Technology, producer of beneficial microbes which restore, renew and rebuild soil, has spent years providing the solution to gardeners and home owners. They have helped transform the worst of soil conditions and know the answer lies with nature's tiniest helpers - micro organisms. Micro organisms such as fungi and bacteria help in the exchange of nutrients between roots...

2010-12-06 23:19:20

Unique open-air laboratory enables study of a complete ecosystem in the making How do ecosystems develop? No one really knows, yet. There is however one project, unique in the world, seeking to answer this question. In a former open-pit coal mining area in Brandenburg, Germany, a surface of six hectares was partitioned off and then left to its own resources. Scientists from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), in collaboration with researchers from other institutions, are studying the...

2008-09-30 15:00:31

COMPOST is a natural fertiliser and soil conditioner that can be made at home from organic wastes, such as: Twigs and prunings. Lawn clippings. Food scraps. Manure. Leaves. These wastes are changed into a rich humus by micro-organisms (tiny creatures), insects and worms. Composting is great for the garden and environment because it: wImproves soil fertility and texture. Boosts plant health and growth. Helps retain moisture and nutrients. Lessens the requirement for...

2008-09-23 03:00:16

Clay is the Jekyll and Hyde of soils. It constitutes some of our most fertile agricultural soils, but even these turn rock-hard when dry. Tiny particles pack down so tightly that the ground virtually defies water absorption. Once saturated, it becomes a sticky morass taking forever to dry out. Many a garden failure is directly related to an abundance of clay in the soil. Like all things in life, there is no absolute black-and-white with soils but, rather, a million shades of...

2008-08-22 18:00:25

WADDINXVEEN, The Netherlands, August 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Exactly 40 years after Woodstock, a "Rock for Nature" rock concert will be held in the Schwabisch Hall in Germany from August 22 through 24. The concert's theme will be organic, genetic-manipulation free agriculture. Eosta's sister organization "Soil & More" will fully compensate all CO2 emissions arising from the concert with "carbon credits" obtained through composting projects for organic agriculture. The concert will feature...

2008-07-24 03:00:35

By Desalegn, Getinet Binner, E; Lechner, P Performing compost quality assessment such as compost stability is quite necessary for rating the quality of horse manure and biowaste composts and meeting specific regulatory requirements on the composition and compost process. The aim of this study was to identify an appropriate feedstock composition for use in the production of high quality compost. The objectives were to (1) identify an appropriate feedstock composition (2) determine organic...

2008-06-17 02:30:00

Organic fertilizers are all the rage these days, and with good reason. They can provide plants with a long, slow feed, and their manufacture reuses waste products while putting less demand on natural resources. Many gardeners, though, make the mistake of approaching the use of organic fertilizers in the same way as they might use a chemical fertilizer. For instance, the other day a gardening expert on the radio was touting the benefits of guano, or bat droppings. He was right about guano...