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2010-04-26 08:02:42

NSF-supported researchers study the germination of plants in the Sonoran Desert to determine the impact of the later arrival of winter rains Global warming is a hot topic, and it's causing concern for scientists studying winter annuals in the Sonoran Desert. While desert winters have become warmer and drier over the years, climate changes have pushed the arrival of winter rains later in the year, forcing winter annual plants like the curvenut combseed (Pectocarya recurvata) to emerge later...

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2010-03-12 06:50:00

The foundation that oversees the Svalbard Global Seed Vault said Thursday that the unique Arctic "doomsday" stockpile of all the world's crop seeds has reached the half-million species mark. The latest additions to the vault are a mold-resistant wild bean from Costa Rica, a vulnerable strawberry from a bear-infested part of Russia's Kuril islands and a host of American soybeans. "Reaching the half-million mark brings mixed emotions," said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop...

2010-02-01 17:48:04

Scientists from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank in the United Kingdom and the University of Graz, Austria, have developed a rapid, new method to diagnose seed quality non-invasively and in real time. The results are published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and have great significance for conservation ecology and agriculture. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0914197107 By using infrared temperature measurement, seed viability results are achieved in less than two...

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2010-01-27 11:09:09

The innermost secrets of fire's role in the rebirth and renewal of forests and grasslands are being revealed in research that has identified plant growth promoters and inhibitors in smoke. In the latest discovery about smoke's secret life, an international team of scientists are reporting discovery of a plant growth inhibitor in smoke. The study appears in ACS's Journal of Natural Products, a monthly publication. "Smoke plays an intriguing role in promoting the germination of seeds of many...

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2009-10-21 10:38:34

With potential adverse health and environmental effects often in the news about nanotechnology, scientists in Arkansas are reporting that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) could have beneficial effects in agriculture. Their study, scheduled for the October issue of ACS Nano, a monthly journal, found that tomato seeds exposed to CNTs germinated faster and grew into larger, heavier seedlings than other seeds. That growth-enhancing effect could be a boon for biomass production for plant-based biofuels and...

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2009-10-15 12:35:00

The Kew's Millennium Seed Bank has successfully collected 10 percent of the world's plants with 1.7 billion seeds being stored to date. The goal was met with the addition of seeds from a wild banana, the plant conservatory's 24,200th wild plant species. The Kew bank is the largest plant conservation project in the world. It is intended to save plants faced with the threat of extinction. The seed collective combines the efforts of more than 120 groups in 54 countries. The 10 percent goal was...

2009-04-06 10:56:43

U.S. scientists say they've determined the seeds of some tree species can survive for more than 30 years before germinating -- 10 times longer than thought. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist Tom Brown and University of Illinois Professor James Dalling said they measured the amount of carbon 14 in seeds of Panamanian rain forest trees Croton billbergianus (Euphorbiaceae), Trema micrantha (Celtidaceae) and Zanthoxylum ekmannii ( Rutaceae). They discovered the seeds survived in...

2009-03-12 14:43:23

U.S. researchers say they have identified a process involved in regulating seed germination, preventing crops from germinating in adverse conditions. Purdue University scientists led by Professor Mike Hasegawa and former postdoctoral student Kenji Miura discovered the step involved in keeping seeds from germinating in freezing conditions or during a drought. The work is part of ongoing research that has uncovered how similar processes affect a plant's freeze tolerance and absorption of...

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2009-03-12 13:15:43

Purdue University researchers have determined a process that regulates activity of genes that control seed germination and seedling development. Mike Hasegawa, the Bruno C. Moser Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and Kenji Miura, a former Purdue postdoctoral researcher and now an assistant professor at Tsukuba University in Japan, discovered the step involved in keeping seeds from germinating in adverse conditions such as freezing temperatures or drought, a...

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2009-02-26 14:25:20

The "doomsday seed vault" in the Arctic Circle is celebrating its first anniversary with the arrival of nearly 90,000 food crop seed samples, BBC News reported. After the four-ton shipment, more than 20 million seeds are now secure in the frozen repository. The $7 million Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built over 12 months some 426 feet inside a mountain, with the ultimate goal of protecting the world's food crop species against natural and human disasters. The facility opened in February of...


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Vistive Gold
2013-10-02 12:54:36

Vistive Gold, MON 87705, is a genetically engineered variety of glyphosate-resistant low-linolenic, high-oleic soybeans created by Monsanto. Vistive Gold was designed to be a replacement for hydrogenated oils and fats, which are high in trans-fatty acids. The decreased linolenic content enables Vistive Gold to have favorable traits for deep frying and increasing the shelf life of foods. The Federal Register declared on June 28, 2011 that Monsanto was petitioning the Animal and Plant...

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...

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