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Road maintenance may accidentally spread the seeds of invasice plants, according to Penn State researchers.
How rodents survive arms race with toxic plants they eat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 companyâ€™s regional research station located in Battle Ground, Ind.
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.
The genetic 'wiring' that helps a seed to decide on the perfect time to germinate has been revealed by scientists for the first time.
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.
Corydalis nobilis, also known as Siberian corydalis, is a perennial plant from the family Papaveraceae. It was introduced to Europe by Linnaeus, who had sent for Lamprocapnos spectabilis but received the seeds of C. nobilis instead. C. nobilis bears its flower on a stem that may grow as tall as 50 centimeters. The stem of the plant is grows upright with pinnate leaves along the entire stem. C. nobilis has flowers of orange or yellow. The inner petals of the flower have a dark violet hue at...
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 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 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 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...
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