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Sorghum Candidate For Southern Bioenergy Crop
2012-09-17 12:43:34

Sweet sorghum is primarily grown in the United States as a source of sugar for syrup and molasses. But the sturdy grass has other attributes that could make it uniquely suited to production as a bioenergy crop, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies suggest. Sorghum is an ideal candidate because of its drought tolerance, adaptability to diverse growing conditions, low nitrogen fertilizer requirements, and high biomass (plant material) content, according to molecular biologist Scott...

Rice Gene Allows Crop To Thrive In Nutrient Deficient Soil
2012-08-23 14:24:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a discovery that could have major implications for the worldwide food supply, scientists at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines have identified and leveraged a gene that allows rice to thrive in nutrient deficient soil. According to their report published this week in the journal Nature, the researchers were able to improve test yields of rice planted in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia by 20...

Banana Spray Keeps The Fruit Fresh Longer
2012-08-23 05:38:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Are you finding that you´re unable to finish eating your bananas before they get too mushy and go bad?  Scientists reported at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society they are developing a fix to the problem. Chinese scientist Xihong Li from Tianjin University of Science & Technology is working on a spray that can be applied to bananas in order to keep them fresher for longer. The...

2012-08-21 00:55:38

Already ranked by some as number one in nutrition among all vegetables, the traditional sweet potato can be nutritionally supercharged “• literally “• with a simple, inexpensive electric current treatment that increases its content of healthful polyphenols or antioxidants by 60 percent, scientists said here today. Their report on the first electrical enhancement of sweet potatoes, a dietary staple since prehistoric times, was part of the 244th National Meeting &...


Latest Tropical agriculture Reference Libraries

Avocado Tree, Persea americana
2014-02-14 16:17:00

Persea americana is a flowering plant that belongs to the Lauraceae family. It is widely known as the Avocado tree. P. americana is a tree that grows up to 66 feet tall. It has alternately arranged leaves that measure about 5 to 10 inches long. Its flowers are tiny and greenish-yellow, measuring .2 to .4 inches in diameter. The tree’s popular, pear shaped green fruit measures 2.8 to 7.9 inches long and weighs between 3.5 and 35 ounces. It contains a single large seed, measuring 2 to 2.5...

Prince Sago, Cycas taitungensis
2014-01-30 08:47:59

Cycas taitungensis is a species of cycad plant. The species belongs to the Cycadaceae family. C. taitungensis may also be referred to as Prince sago or Emperor sago. Currently the plant faces serious threat of extinction due to habitat destruction and plant collectors. The species is native to southeastern Taiwan. C. taitungensis range throughout the third largest county, Taitung County. The C. taitungensis is a relatively medium sized plant. Its trunk is typically almost 14 inches in...

Queen Sago Palm, Cycas rumphii
2014-01-30 08:32:40

Cycas rumphii is a palm-like species of cycad plant. The plant may also be referred to as Queen sago or the Queen sago palm. This species is a member of the Cycadaceae family and is native to the Malesian region. The C. rumphii is a relatively small plant reaching approximately 33 feet. Its trunk is grey with diamond patterned bark and measures up to 16 inches in diameter. Its leaves typically grow between 4.9 and 8.2 feet long. Leaves have a bright green coloration and a glossy surface....

King Sago, Cycas revoluta
2014-01-30 08:11:54

Cycas revoluta is a species of seed producing, cycad plant. The species may also be referred to as King sago, Sago cycad or the Japanese sago palm. The plant originated in southern Japan. It is used in the production of sago, a cooking starch or can be displayed as a decorative plant. C. revoluta gets its name from the Latin word meaning “curled back”, referring to its leaves. Its leaves are shiny and dark green in coloration. The C. revoluta species have trunks that measures...

Queen Sago, Cycas circinalis
2014-01-30 07:56:38

Cycas circinalis is a species of cycad plant. also referred to as the Queen sago. C. circinalis is native to Sri Lanka, although it is a widely cultivated plant. C. circinalis is commonly used for landscape, decorative purposes and may be used as a food source. The plant’s seeds are carefully soaked, ground and used to make flour. You will often find its flour used in tortillas, tamales and soups. The palm-like plant is a slow growing species. C. circinalis are known to have a short,...

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