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2010-11-03 12:08:56

Mechanical properties of explosive seed dispersal in Cardamine Catapults are often associated with a medieval means of destruction, but for some plants, they are an effective way to launch new life. Dispersing seeds greater distances by catapulting can provide selective advantages, including the establishment of populations in new environments and escape from certain threats. In new work published in the recent October issue of American Journal of Botany, Dr. Ellerby, students, and...

2010-10-01 14:02:48

High in an alpine meadow, Gesine Pufal, from the University of Wellington, New Zealand, crouched low to the ground and splashed some water from her water bottle on a low green plant cushion, then sat back waiting to see if something would move. Sound crazy? Many hikers passing by her may have thought so, but Pufal was trying to find potential plant species that possess a type of plant movement called hygrochasy. Although the ability to move is typically thought to be a characteristic unique...

2010-09-10 09:30:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Backyard gardeners, full-time farmers and landscaping professionals can be assured the seeds used for planting in Pennsylvania are of the highest quality due to the state's rigorous standards, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today as his department released the 2009-10 Pennsylvania Seed Report. "As we enter the fall planting season for some vegetables, cover crops, and winter annual crops like rye, wheat and barley, it is...

2010-09-02 11:04:43

A major study of agriculture in Haiti after this year's earthquake has found that much of the emergency seed aid provided after the disaster was not targeted to emergency needs. The report concludes that seed aid, when poorly-designed, could actually harm farmers or depress local markets, therefore hampering recovery from emergencies. Indeed, agricultural interventions in Haiti should move away from their emergency focus, and confront farmers' longer-term challenges, especially their poor...

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2010-07-14 07:40:00

Genetic analysis of Guam's cycads shows promising genetic diversity Cycads, "living fossil" descendents of the first plants that colonized land and reproduced with seeds, are rapidly going extinct because of invasive pests and habitat loss, especially those species endemic to islands. But new research on Cycas micronesica published recently as the cover article in Molecular Ecology calls into question the characterization of these plants as relicts (leftovers of formerly abundant organisms),...

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2010-07-12 07:57:53

US seed collection delivers valuable varieties of chili peppers and hundreds of sorghum varieties, an essential 'climate ready' crop A new collection of some of North America's hottest foods"”an eclectic range of New World chili peppers"”were delivered to the cool Arctic Circle environs of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week, where their exotic tongue-scorching qualities can be kept safe for centuries. The seeds were delivered to the vault by a seven-person bipartisan...

2010-07-07 05:01:00

DUBLIN, July 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - Seed Earns $500,000 and Title of "Champion of Champions" Full Tilt Poker pro Huck Seed won the Tournament of Champions at the 2010 World Series of Poker. The four-time WSOP bracelet winner scooped the first prize of $500,000, edging out Team Full Tilt's Howard Lederer for the top prize. The Tournament of Champions made a return to the WSOP following a three-year absence. The public were invited to vote for their favorite WSOP bracelet...

2010-06-22 16:00:00

QIQIHAR, China, June 22 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Forex365, Inc. ("Forex365" or "the Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: FRXTD) today announced that it has completed a share exchange transaction with China Golden Holdings, Ltd. ("China Golden"), a leading regional provider of field seeds and fertilizers in Northeastern China, and closed a $2.5 million private placement financing on June 17th, 2010. The newly public company is quoted on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the symbol...

2010-06-16 22:18:21

In an effort to assess ties between birds' feeding habits and the spread of nonnative invasive plants, researchers provided ornithologists from four U.S. states with questionnaires on daily bird-plant encounters. The 1,143 unique interactions reported by the birders laid the groundwork for a study on the role of native birds in the seed dispersal of invasive plants throughout the U.S. Clare Aslan and Marcel Rejmánek of the University of California, Davis mailed questionnaires to more...

2010-04-16 13:41:41

Trinexapac-ethyl proves effective during prolonged periods of drought stress Irrigation water for turfgrass has become increasingly restricted due to environmental factors such as insufficient precipitation; increased domestic, agricultural, and industrial consumption; and contamination of potable water supplies. This water deficit has created an increased need to identify promising water conservation strategies and implement stringent restrictions in water use. In their ongoing search for...


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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