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2008-08-09 15:00:23

By ELIE DOLGIN Farms cover nearly half the land in Wisconsin, creating an immense stress on the natural biodiversity of the state's landscape. But farms can also drastically increase the diversity of plants, birds and beneficial insects by incorporating uncultivated land, University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists reported this week at the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting in Milwaukee. The researchers showed that non-cropland adjacent to potato fields in central Wisconsin...

2008-08-05 03:00:37

By Anonymous Lincolnshire-based Boston seeds has introduced a green manure product onto the UK market that can be used as both a natural fumigant and soil conditioner. Named Vittasso brown mustard, the product is already popular in the US and some parts of Europe. It works as a biofumigant - meaning that it contains volatile, plant- derived chemicals that can suppress soil-borne pathogens, nematodes, insects and weeds - on potato, soft fruit and salad crops. The plant is grown as a crop...

2008-08-04 00:00:02

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) - Snack lovers, rejoice: Munching on potato chips just got a little healthier.Four food manufacturers agreed to reduce levels of a cancer-causing chemical in their potato chips and french fries under a settlement announced Friday by the state attorney general's office.California sued H.J. Heinz Co., Frito- Lay, Kettle Foods Inc., and Lance Inc. in 2005, alleging they violated a state requirement that companies post warning labels on products with...

2008-08-01 06:00:32

By Dan Buglass Rural INCOMES for the arable sector are under increasing pressure, especially with the recent sharp fall in the price of feeding barley. However, the prospects for the potato crop appear better than average, though it will be many weeks before the final position becomes clear, and much will depend on the weather between now and late-October. However, the Potato Council, which represents UK growers, says crops in Scotland are "generally looking well, but less forward...

2008-07-16 17:21:24

AgriLife research helping potato chip industry with disease Dr. Don Henne isn't wasting his degree when he's standing by the deep fryer waiting for potato slices to turn brown. He's conducting research that will help the potato industry and consumers. Henne, an assistant research scientist in the Texas AgriLife Research plant pathology program in Amarillo, is one of many who are trying to find answers about zebra chip. Zebra chip is the latest disease to plague the potato industry, especially...

2008-06-29 19:13:11

Hunting for drought tolerance genes in ancient Andean landraces Climate change is expected to exacerbate drought events throughout the world, resulting in large-scale ecosystem alteration and failure of drought-sensitive crops. In addition, periods of drought vary from year to year in severity and length, making it difficult for plants to adapt to more severe conditions. Many modern varieties of potatoes are considered to be drought-sensitive. However, evolution and cultivation in the cold,...

2008-06-20 15:00:23

By Jennifer Gomez POTATOES could be an alternative to rice. And a good one at that too, nutritionally speaking. The only thing preventing potatoes from filling up our plates and bowls is the mindset. National Heart Institute's Dietetics and Food Services senior manager Mary Easaw John said eating rice may be a hard habit for Malaysians to discard, as difficult as asking the English to give up potatoes for rice. Two small potatoes, which are equivalent to a cup of cooked rice, will...

2008-04-16 03:00:00

T'ikapapa is a marketing social concept that enables resource- poor farmers from the Andean highlands to sell their distinctly labeled native potato crop in Lima's supermarkets. It has improved the income and livelihood of many farming families in Peru's high Andes. T'ikapapa is an initiative of the International Potato Center's (CIP) Papa Andina Partnership Program and the Innovation and Competitiveness of Peru's Potato Sector (INCOPA) project. Since its implementation in 2004, the project...

2008-04-15 03:45:00

As food prices continue to skyrocket, there is growing concern about the effect it will have among the world's poor. Increasingly, experts are looking to the potato, the world's third most-important food crop after wheat and rice, as a possible low-cost solution to feed the hungry.    The nutritious vegetable, native to Peru, can be grown in almost any climate or elevation, requires little water, matures in about 50 days and can produce two to four times more food per acre than...

2008-02-06 00:00:00

Researchers at Barts and The London School of Medicine have discovered that drinking just 500ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce blood pressure. The study, published online today in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, could have major implications for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Lead by Professor Amrita Ahluwalia of the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine, and Professor Ben Benjamin of Peninsula Medical...

Latest Root vegetables Reference Libraries

2009-04-28 15:37:54

Brassica rapa or Turnip Mustard is grown primarily as a leaf vegetable, root vegetable and an oilseed and is often referred to as a field mustard. Napa cabbage and turnip are members of this group. Varieties of this plant are used in experiments because they are easy to grow and require little attention and reach full maturity in 40 days. Some have even been used in botany experiments in space. Photo Copyright and Credit

2009-04-17 14:44:19

The Fairy Lily (Zephyranthes candida) also known as the White Rain Lily, is a species of plant native to the Rio de la Plata region of South America including Argentina and Uruguay. It is also found in Paraguay and Chile. Other common names for this plant are August rain lily, White zephyr lily, Peruvian swamp-lily, Zephyr flower, and Autumn zephyr lily. The Fairy Lily is a white hybridized species of a flower that is usually found in pink flowering form. It grows from 6 to 10 inches tall....

2005-07-12 16:47:45

Daylily comprises the small genus Hemerocallis of flowering plants in the family Hemerocallidaceae. The name Hemerocallis is based on the Greek words for day and beauty, which reflects the fact that the individual flowers last for only one day. They open at sunrise and wither at sunset, to be replaced by another one (sometimes two or none) on the same stem the next day. Originally from Eurasia, a native from Europe to China, Korea, and Japan, their large showy flowers have made them...

2005-06-23 11:13:55

The Tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium or Tigerlily) is a large and spectacular flower which is also cultivated in Asia for its edible bulb. Like other true lilies, the flowers are borne on an erect stem with linear leaves. The American 'red lily' or 'wild lily' (Lilium philadelphicum) is also sometimes known as the 'tiger lily' because of its black spotted flowers. This lily also has an edible bulb and was eaten by the American Indians. Lilium columbianum from the Pacific Northwest is...

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