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2011-08-09 07:35:00

How rodents survive arms race with toxic plants they eat Life is tough for woodrats in deserts of the U.S. Southwest. There are few plants for food, and those plants produce poison to deter rodents, insects and other animals. A new University of Utah study shows how certain woodrats put themselves on a diet to avoid poisoning: They sample a smorgasbord of toxic plants, eat smaller meals, increase time between meals and drink more water if it is available. "For decades, we have been trying to...

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2011-07-29 09:30:41

Nutmeg-loving toucans wearing GPS transmitters recently helped a team of scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama address an age-old problem in plant ecology: accurately estimating seed dispersal. The tracking data revealed what scientists have long suspected: toucans are excellent seed dispersers, particularly in the morning. Also, for the first time, the data enabled researchers to create a map of the relative patterns and distances that toucans distribute the...

2011-07-20 07:00:00

FIVE POINTS, Calif., July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW), today announced receipt of its initial alfalfa seed order from its first direct customer in the nation of Kuwait. The order, generated through S&W Seed's recently announced consulting relationship with Richard Penner Consulting, is expected to ship before the end of this month. Mark Grewal, president and chief executive officer of S&W Seed, said, "We believe this order is just the beginning of...

2011-07-04 12:47:07

A new artificial surface inspired by floating seeds, which could provide an alternative to the toxic paints currently used to prevent fouling on ship hulls, has been developed by German scientists. Scientists from the Biomimetics-Innovation-Centre have developed a new anti-fouling surface based on a seed from a species of palm tree. "These plants have seeds which are dispersed by the ocean currents. As it is an advantage for these seeds to remain free of fouling to allow them to disperse...

2011-06-14 06:00:00

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --With summer's heat and humidity, the all too familiar brown and yellow spots start appearing in the grass. What is this phenomenon, some mysterious coloring brought on by kids and pets romping on the lawn? Seasoned dog owners are all too familiar with the damage in grassy areas frequented by dogs. This spring, Scotts introduced a solution: Turf Builder EZ Seed Dog Spot Repair. Now those damaged spot areas can become a thing of the past. "EZ...

2011-05-21 00:01:23

Former USDA Research Geneticist Brings Expertise to Soft Red Winter Wheat Program Fort Collins, CO US (PRWEB) May 19, 2011 Limagrain Cereal Seeds, a subsidiary of the biggest plant breeder and seed company in Europe, announced Don Obert has been hired as a wheat breeder for the company's regional research station located in Battle Ground, Ind. Obert comes to Limagrain Cereal Seeds after nearly a decade as a research geneticist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "Don's depth and...

2011-05-18 16:54:07

Maintaining the world's threatened animal and plant species may rest with something as simple as knowing how far a bird can fly before it must answer nature's call. Birds disperse seeds as they travel, but deforestation can mean those seeds might land where they can't sprout and grow, according to a University of Florida researcher who co-wrote a study in last month's issue of Ecology that looks at how tropical birds disperse plant seeds in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. If birds spread plant...

2011-05-18 16:19:06

The genetic 'wiring' that helps a seed to decide on the perfect time to germinate has been revealed by scientists for the first time. Plant biologists at The University of Nottingham have also discovered that the same mechanism that controls germination is responsible for another important decision in the life cycle of plants "” when to start flowering. Their discovery throws light on the genetic mechanisms that plants use to detect and respond to vital environmental cues and could be a...

2011-05-18 00:00:00

BASEL, Switzerland, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Syngenta announced today the launch of VIBRANCE(TM), a proprietary seed treatment fungicide based on the new active ingredient sedaxane. VIBRANCE, which has been tailored specifically for the seed treatment market, protects major crops against a wide range of diseases carried in soil and air as well as against seed infection. Its properties also result in outstanding protection of the entire plant root system. John Atkin, Syngenta COO,...

2011-05-11 05:00:00

NEW YORK, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Terasol Energy, LLC (www.terasolenergy.com) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Kaiima Bio Agritech (www.kaiima.com), a leading seed company based in Israel, to commercialize Kaiima's proprietary castor varieties in Brazil. This agreement provides Terasol with the exclusive right to market Kaiima's proprietary castor varieties in the Mato Grosso state. Kaiima uses its proprietary technology to produce the highest yielding, most...


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Recalcitrant seeds
2013-08-21 08:52:36

Recalcitrant seeds are seeds that have to be protected from certain elements, such as drying and freezing, to remain viable. Seeds must be maintained at temperatures no less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit and does not have long shelf lives. Damage to the seeds results when they are allowed to dry out excessively, damaging the intracellular structures of the seeds, along with the forming of toxic chemicals within the seed. Recalcitrant seeds can be found in avocado, mango, cocoa and the...

Seed bank
2013-07-31 15:37:35

Seed banks are gene pools of seeds from food crops and other rare species. If seeds from the reserves are destroyed, seeds from seed banks can be used to generate new crops. Seed banks are not open to the public as are seed libraries or seed swaps. Maintaining seeds in a seed bank will preserve the seeds during times of natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or even war. SEED DORMANCY Seeds can remain dormant for decades as long as the storage environment remains cool and dry. Seeds that...

Seed Drilling
2013-05-18 07:39:11

Seed drilling is a method used by farmers in order to have a more unified, crop-yielding season. The first known use of seed drilling was in 1500 BC by the Sumerian. At this time, they were using a single tube. Later, in the 2nd Century BC, the Chinese developed a multi-tube iron drill. This facilitated in a larger crop planting allowing them to feed their large population. The first recorded patent of a sowing machine was in 1566 by the Venetian Senate, attributing Camillo Torello. In the...

Seed Saving
2013-05-18 07:22:11

Seed saving is the preserving of seeds from mature vegetables, herbs, and flowers used in subsequent years along with bulbs and tubers. Home gardeners have saved seeds for generations and the practice is now becoming common with organic farmers as well as permaculturists. Growers will clone plants so as not to produce seeds keeping the plant “true to type” to the parent plant. True to type refers to the characteristics of the parent plant such as large fruit/blooms. Plants...

Biennial Plant
2013-04-27 07:50:37

Biennial plants have a two year life cycle; roots, stems and leaves in the first year with flowers following the next year after a cold winter dormant period. Biennials will produce seed and fruit before dying. There are not as many biennial plants as there are perennials or annuals. Biennial plants, when exposed to extreme climate conditions, may have a shortened life cycle of a few months especially if the plants were exposed to colder than normal temperatures. Most biennials can be...

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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.