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2011-03-25 09:30:00

QIQIHAR, China, March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Fuer International Inc. ("Fuer" or the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: FRXT), a leading Chinese agricultural material company providing quality hybrid corn seeds, soybean seeds, rice seeds and fertilizer products to farmers in the northeastern China, today announced that it was selected as one of the "Top Enterprises for China's Seed Industry" on October 25, 2010. Fuer International ranked 31st among all 54 selected companies and 2nd among...

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2011-03-24 13:46:55

Temperature increases resulting from climate change in the Southwest will likely eliminate Joshua trees from 90 percent of their current range in 60 to 90 years, according to a new study led by U.S. Geological Survey ecologist Ken Cole. The research team used models of future climate, an analysis of the climatic tolerances of the species in its current range, and the fossil record to project the future distribution of Joshua trees. The study concludes that the species could be restricted to...

2011-03-14 17:19:31

Mark Twain called it "the most delicious fruit known to man." But the cherimoya, or custard apple, and its close relations the sugar apple and soursop, also have lots of big, awkward seeds. Now new research by plant scientists in the United States and Spain could show how to make this and other fruits seedless. Going seedless could be a big step for the fruit, said Charles Gasser, professor of plant biology at UC Davis. "This could be the next banana -- it would make it a lot more popular,"...

2011-03-14 16:55:25

New findings have implications for invasive species, climate change and long-held views of competition A variety of plant seedlings suffer most from competition when planted with close relatives, and grow best when planted alongside distant relatives in field soils, researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the University of California, Davis, have found. And, when seeds of the same species are buried among relatives in the field, the seeds germinate at a higher rate and grow...

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2011-03-09 10:31:08

By Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois Think picking all the top-seeded teams as the Final Four in your March Madness bracket is your best bet for winning the office pool? Think again. According to an operations research analysis model developed by Sheldon H. Jacobson, a professor of computer science and the director of the simulation and optimization laboratory at the University of Illinois, you're better off picking a combination of two top-seeded teams, a No. 2 seed and a No. 3 seed....

2011-02-28 06:45:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Socially conscious shoppers are latching on to a new gardening trend this spring - and it's not only fashionable flowers or subliminal scents. Cutting-edge chains like Sloat Garden Centers in California, Calloway's and Cornelius Nursery in Texas, and Earl May Seed and Nursery in the Midwest are partnering with the Weed Out Hate Initiative to market Sunflower Peace Seeds. With the public increasingly attuned to violence on our own shores as well...

2011-02-26 00:00:27

At a time when seeds are becoming a staple in many diets, online nut and dried fruit retailer SuperiorNutStore.com is offering an expanded line of bulk seeds, including quinoa, chia seeds, flax seed, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds so that those interested in a healthier diet can get the seeds they need. Research has shown that seeds are rich in fiber, protein, as well as valuable nutrients like selenium and vitamin E. Cambridge, MA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 24, 2011 The Chia Seed Diet. Flax...

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2011-02-25 12:54:35

Third birthday of arctic repository brings surge in seed deposits, but also reminders from Egypt, Australia and Russia of natural and man-made risks to global agriculture The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV) celebrated its third anniversary today with the arrival of seeds for rare lima beans, blight-resistant cantaloupe, and progenitors of antioxidant-rich red tomatoes from Peru and the Galapagos Islands. The arrival of these collections, including many drought- and flood-resistant...

2011-02-24 18:54:55

Research by University of Warwick's School of Life Sciences has opened up a new path to produce water efficient seeds that will be a significant tool to help create drought resistance, and ensure global food security.  The research not only provides the best map to date of the key protein that appears to be the principal gateway for water intake during seed germination - it also actually provides the right map as it appears much of the research to date was focussed on a much less...

2011-02-17 12:55:41

New study of Clark's nutcrackers suggests that their caching of whitebark pine seeds is less effective than previously thought at restoring populations of the declining conifer The caching of whitebark pine seeds by the Clark's nutcracker in late summer and early fall may not be enough to regenerate populations of the imperiled conifer in most of its range, scientists have found. Their research"”which is featured in the February issue of Science Findings, a monthly publication of the...


Latest Seed Reference Libraries

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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cacodemon
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