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2010-09-13 12:10:02

AgriLife Research and seed companies working on solution Apply today's chemicals to a sorghum crop for grass control and the sorghum will be killed off also. But a solution could be only a few years away if Texas AgriLife Research plots are any indication. Dr. Brent Bean, AgriLife Research and Texas AgriLife Extension Service agronomist, has test plots that demonstrate sorghum hybrids tolerant to herbicides typically associated with grass control. The control is needed not only for annual...

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2010-08-05 09:32:44

AgriLife scientist: 'Time to take the monoculture blinders off' Whether we can grow bio-energy crops such as switchgrass and forage sorghum isn't the question, said a Texas AgriLife Research scientist. The question is, where's the nitrogen going to come from to grow these crops and how much is it going to add to the cost of the end product, said Dr. Gerald Smith, AgriLife Research legume breeder based in Overton. And there also are hidden costs, such as the effect of fencerow-to-fencerow...

2010-08-02 09:00:00

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT, OTC Bulletin Board: NADVF, TSXV: NAT) announced today that CRAiLAR ® Organic fibers, the foundation for a truly sustainable yarn in the apparel industry, has been approved for the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Textile Auxiliary Agents, or chemical input, certification, being recognized as using only the cleanest and least toxic ingredients in their (wet) processing. The...

2010-06-30 07:00:00

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. announced today that it has developed a plant trait that could bring new life to millions of acres of abandoned or marginal cropland damaged by salts. Results in several crops, including switchgrass, have shown levels of salt tolerance not seen before. Ceres reported that its researchers tested the effects of very high salt concentrations and also seawater from the Pacific Ocean, which contains mixtures of...

2010-06-15 15:43:55

By unlocking the genetic secrets of sorghum, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found a way to make one of the world's most important cereal crops a better option for growers. Researchers at the ARS Natural Products Utilization Unit in Oxford, Miss. also may have opened a door to reducing pesticide use in the production of other crops. Sorghum secretes a compound known as sorgoleone that is instrumental in helping the plant combat weeds. But in a way it does its job too well....

2010-05-17 10:47:00

185 Events in 32 States Planned to Celebrate 'Hemp History Week' Historic Early 20(th) Century USDA Hemp Research Documents Re-Discovered WASHINGTON, May 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today( )marks the start of the 1(st) Annual Hemp History Week, which is taking place between now and May 23, 2010. As a national grassroots education campaign, 185 events have been planned nationwide in 32 states with the goal of renewing strong support for hemp farming in the U.S. In addition to events...

2010-04-27 08:05:00

PORTLAND, OR, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT, OTCBB: NADVF, TSXV: NAT) and Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) jointly reviewed the results of the CRAiLAR(R) Organic Fibers spinning trials and have agreed to enter the final stage of their joint development agreement, which is expected to result in a commercialization agreement in the near future. As announced on Monday, April 19th, NAT completed its full scale commercial processing trials in Germany and...

2010-04-19 08:00:00

PORTLAND, Ore., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT, OTC Bulletin Board: NADVF, TSXV: NAT) conducted full scale commercial processing trials in Germany, that were then replicated at the G.J. Littlewood & Son processing facility in Pennsylvania. Final verification of the effectiveness of the processing protocols established during the past two months was evident during spinning trials that were successfully concluded last week at Patrick Yarns in...

2010-03-22 10:40:00

Majority of Leading Farming Organizations Now Support Hemp Farming in the U.S. WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The national, single-issue, non-profit advocacy group Vote Hemp applauds the new policy supporting industrial hemp adopted by delegates of the National Farmers Union (NFU) at its 108th annual convention in Rapid City, South Dakota last week. The policy urges the Obama administration and Congress to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to differentiate...

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2010-02-10 14:05:00

As the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) works toward developing sustainable sources of clean renewable energy, perennial grasses have emerged as major candidates for the commercial production of cellulosic biofuels from feedstocks. However, little is known about the specific biological traits of the grasses that might contribute to their usefulness for energy production, in part because such grasses typically have long lifecycles and possess large, complex genomes, making them difficult to...


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2009-04-28 15:37:54

Brassica rapa or Turnip Mustard is grown primarily as a leaf vegetable, root vegetable and an oilseed and is often referred to as a field mustard. Napa cabbage and turnip are members of this group. Varieties of this plant are used in experiments because they are easy to grow and require little attention and reach full maturity in 40 days. Some have even been used in botany experiments in space. Photo Copyright and Credit

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