Category Archives: Agriculture And Food

Trick of the light may help diseased plants attract greenfly

The leaves of virus-infected plants reflect light differently to attract the attention of disease-spreading greenfly, new research suggests. Scientists have shown for the first time that plant viruses alter the surface of leaves, influencing how light is polarized and helping insects to potentially ‘see’ infected plants. Agriculture and Food News — ScienceDaily Continue Reading

Changing the world, one fridge at a time

To help change the world, have a look inside your fridge — this is one of the messages contained in a new article. Food waste has attained monumental proportions in both the developed and developing worlds, and the sum of individual consumer’s actions can have major impacts on a global scale, according to the article’s… Continue Reading

Chemists shed new light on global energy, food supply challenge

All living things require nitrogen for survival, but the world depends on only two known processes to break nitrogen’s ultra-strong bonds to allow conversion to a form humans, animals and plants can consume. One is a natural, bacterial process on which farmers have relied since the dawn of agriculture. The other is the century-old Haber-Bösch… Continue Reading

Tap water, table salt may be safer, cheaper for milk production cleanup

A safer option for cleaning milking systems on dairy farms may also decrease cleaning time and cost, according to a team engineers. The researchers studied the effectiveness of the first three cycles of the Cleaning-in-Place process — warm water rinse, alkaline wash and acid rinse — using electrolyzed oxidizing, or EO, water in place of… Continue Reading

Feeding the world without further deforestation is possible

Deforestation is necessary to feed the growing global population – this is a common belief that has now been disproven by researchers. In a new study, they present results that reveal that it is possible to produce sufficient food for the world in 2050 and at the same time maintain the current forests of the… Continue Reading

Plants force fungal partners to behave fairly

Plants react intelligently to their environment: if they can choose between more cooperative and less cooperative fungal partners, they supply the latter with fewer nutrients and thus force them to cooperate more. Based on these findings, scientists believe that plants could also be used to test market and behavioral theories. Agriculture and Food News —… Continue Reading