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US (WV): Biochar to improve environmental sustainability and water quality

West Virginia University could be at the forefront of solving a $57 billion pollution problem and finding new ways to transform forestry waste into a cash crop for the state and region.Kaushlendra Singh, associate professor of wood science and technology in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources.....

Vietnam moves to organic fertiliser

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường said the agricultural sector must speed up the production, usage and consumption of organic fertiliser and reduce the amount of inorganic fertiliser. This move aims to improve plant productivity, quality and aid the.....

UK: Short-term green manures for intensively cultivated horticultural soils

Despite growing interest in green manures (crops grown to improve and protect the soil), using them in intensive vegetable rotations is particularly difficult. This has led to few large-scale vegetable and salad growers using them.This AHDB case study details the main green manure species suitable for use in.....

"Biosolids prove adequate alternative to conventional fertilizer"

A study out of Mississippi State University has focused on the degree to which biosolids found in sewage and diverted from municipal wastewater treatment facilities can serve as a useful resource for agricultural settings in place of traditional and slow-release fertilizers.Shaun Broderick and Williams Evans.....

“Alperujo” compost improves vitamin C content in pepper fruits

In a new study, “Alperujo” compost was evaluated as an organic fertiliser for pepper growth under greenhouse conditions. Even though the total nitrogen applied was similar, plants only grown with composts experienced a development decline as compared to those grown with standard nutrient solution. This was.....

First lettuce harvested in Bio4safe biostimulant project

The Bio4safe biostimulant pilot project started off in August 2017. It's a collaboration between various partners from Belgium, France and the United Kingdom and is coordinated by the Belgian Test Center for Horticulture (PCS). They are researching the effects of biostimulants on nutrient use, tolerance.....

RotoGro acquires Hanson Fertigation

Australian cannabis hydroponics company RotoGro has agreed to acquire US-based Hanson Fertigation for $1.75 million, in an effort to capitalise on the lucrative overseas market.The transaction is equivalent to three times Hanson Fertigation's 2017 financial year earnings before interest, tax, depreciation.....

"Nanoparticles could help rescue malnourished crops"

Synthetic nanoparticles used to fight cancer could also heal sickly plants.The particles, called liposomes, are nanosized, spherical pouches that can deliver drugs to specific parts of the body (SN: 12/16/06, p. 398). Now, researchers have filled these tiny care packages with fertilizing nutrients. The new.....

UK: Grants for peatlands restoration

A new injection of £10m of government money will help restore more than 10,000 football pitches-worth of England’s iconic peatlands.Peat bogs and fens are important habitats that provide food and shelter for wildlife, help with flood management, improve water quality and play a part in climate regulation......

CAN (QC): Lambert celebrates 90 years

VIDEO Lambert Peat Moss Company is celebrating its 90th anniversary of premium peat moss production. Now with four generations in the business, Lambert still operates from the original location, along with a number of additional peat bogs.“My grandfather helped pioneer the development of peat moss production in.....

CropNuts and AGI’s Yargus division enter soil testing services agreement

AGI’s Yargus manufacturing division has reached an agreement with Cropnuts to provide soil and analytical laboratory equipment and services in conjunction with the Yargus blending equipment for improved fertilizer blend recommendations.Jeff Ivan, Managing Director International Sales, said: “AGI is pleased.....

Extension of aquaponic water use for NFT baby-leaf production

Aquaponics is a recirculating technology that combines aquaculture with hydroponics. It allows nutrients from fish waste to feed plants and thus saves water and nutrients. However, there is a mismatch between the nutrients provided by the fish waste and plant needs. Because of this, some nutrients, notably.....

CDFA, UC Davis collaborate on study about growers and fertilization

Nitrogen best management practices (BMPs), such as applying fertilizers at the right time, right rate, right place and in the right form (the 4 R’s), and soil and leaf sampling, are key to managing crop productivity. Practices such as these and many other promising BMPs have been coming out of CDFA’s.....

Identifying key regulator genes may speed improvements in fertilizer use

When a plant is introduced to an abundant patch of water or fertilizer, a cascade of genetic and molecular actions lead to beneficial physiological responses such as root development and increased biomass. Identifying the genes involved in the early molecular responses has been difficult, but a Purdue.....