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2013-11-07 13:56:23

The growing threat to our National Parks from horse dung Research team leader, Associate Professor Catherine Pickering, said the Griffith study looked at the number and types of weed seeds which can be dispersed through horse manure. The findings have been published in the journal Ecological Management and Restoration. "We reviewed 15 studies on seed germination from horse dung; six from Europe, four from North America, three from Australia and one study each from Africa and Central...

2013-10-31 23:25:32

The global market for seed treatments was valued at $3.1 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $3.2 billion in 2013. BCC Research projects the market to grow to $4.8 billion by 2018, and register a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3% from 2013 to 2018. Wellesley, MA (PRWEB) October 31, 2013 According to a new technical market research report, Seed Treatment: Technologies and Global Markets from BCC Research (http://www.bccresearch.com), the global market for seed...

2013-10-31 23:03:12

Celebrate the surprising culinary delights of indigenous desert maize at this 4-course tasting dinner to benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH, the 30 year-old southwestern seed conservation organization on Sunday, November 17. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) October 31, 2013 Proving once again that no one puts the farm in farm-to-table like the Phoenix Public Market Café, this casual yet food-forward café will be hosting a corn tasting dinner on November 17. Named the Amaizing Sense of Place Dinner,...

2013-10-31 23:03:05

This November, the Tucson, Arizona-based seed conservation nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) announces a series of events celebrating maize, that most iconic of Southwestern crops. Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) October 31, 2013 This November, the Tucson, Arizona-based seed conservation nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH(NS/S) announces a series of events celebrating maize, that most iconic of Southwestern crops. Commonly known as corn, this diverse and delicious grain has been farmed in the region for...

2013-10-18 13:16:38

Accumulating oil in leaves could significantly increase energy content of biofuels and plant-based foods Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified the key genes required for oil production and accumulation in plant leaves and other vegetative plant tissues. Enhancing expression of these genes resulted in vastly increased oil content in leaves, the most abundant sources of plant biomass—a finding that could have important implications for...

Invasive Plant Thrives Because It Adapts Quickly To Local Climates
2013-10-17 14:25:07

University of Toronto University of Toronto research has found that purple loosestrife – an invasive species that competes with native plants for light and nutrients and can degrade habitats for wildlife – has evolved extremely rapidly, flowering about three weeks earlier as it has spread to northern Ontario. This has allowed populations of the species to thrive in the colder climate with a more than 30-fold increase in seed production. "The ability of invasive species to rapidly...

2013-10-15 23:26:44

Fruit & Vegetable Seed Market report studies various other important aspects of the market also includes SWOT analysis of global key players, Porter’s analysis, and competitive landscape. http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/fruit-and-vegetable-seed-market-1257.html (PRWEB) October 15, 2013 According to a new market research report, "Fruit & Vegetable Seed Market, by Type [Brassica (Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Broccoli), Cucurbit (Cucumber, Melons, and Squash),...

2013-10-10 23:23:19

Seeds Market report tracks developments and strategies of market players evaluating major market strategies followed by leading market players in terms of new product launches, agreements and collaboration, expansions. http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/seeds-market-376.html (PRWEB) October 10, 2013 According to a new market research report, “Seeds Market by Type (Oilseed, Grain, Fruit & Vegetable, Turf, Forage, & Other Seeds), Seed Trait (Herbicide Tolerant,...


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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This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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