Members of the spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Seville have developed a material from alpeorujo that can be used as an insulator to prevent that the pesticides and phytosanitary waste reach the subsoil and contaminating the groundwater aquifers. One more use for this residue of the oil industry as abundant as a contaminant and difficult to manage
The commission on research and innovation of the Assembly of European Regions producing fruit, vegetables and plants has decided to create a European Innovation Partnership (EIP). The project, which will be coordinated by the own AREFLH and by the European Association of fresh products, is oriented to the eighth EC framework program 2014-2020 research and innovation, Horizon 2020
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Aflatoxins are highly toxic carcinogens produced by several species of Aspergillus fungi. But not all Aspergillus produce aflatoxin. Some, in fact, are considered beneficial. One such strain, dubbed K49, is now being recruited to battle these harmful Aspergillus relatives, preventing them from contaminating host crops like corn with the carcinogen.
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Wheat stubble left standing by no-till management helps generate a smoother snow cover, which boosts dryland crop productivity in the summer, according to new ARS research. For two years, snow depths, density and soil water storage were measured manually at hundreds of points across the fields on two farms.