Ladykiller: Artificial sweetener proves deadly for female flies

Continuing their research into potential ingredients for human-safe pesticides, Drexel University researchers recently found an artificial sweetener that, while harmless for male fruit flies, proved particularly lethal for females. Past research conducted by Drexel College of Arts and Sciences' Sean O'Donnell, PhD, professor and associate department head of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science (BEES) and Daniel Marenda, PhD, an...

Arcadia Biosciences Receives European Patent for Water Use Efficiency Trait Technology

DAVIS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA), an agricultural technology company, announced that the European Patent Office has granted a key patent for its Water Use Efficiency (WUE) trait. The patent covers the use of Arcadia’s WUE trait to develop drought resistant and water efficient plants, which will help growers produce higher yields per unit of available water. The...

RF Biocidics’ Chemical-Free Treatment Process Receives Greenlight from Almond Board of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RF Biocidics’ state-of-the-art food safety equipment has been validated by the Almond Board of California Technical Expert Review Panel (TERP). The decision confirms third-party test results that show RF Biocidics’ chemical-free process in use at Madera-based Ready Roast Nut Company effectively eliminates pathogens like Salmonella from almonds, making them safe to eat. “We are proud to be a...

The seed treatment business will grow by 10% per year

Valued at $4.82 billion in 2014, the seed treatment market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.8 percent by 2020, according to a recently released report from research firm, MarketsandMarkets. The “Seed Treatment Market - Global Trends & Forecast to 2020" report said North America led the global seed treatment market in 2014, with the...

Dow interested in Syngenta’s seed business

Dow CEO Andrew Liveris recently said the company has both the curiosity and the capacity to acquire Syngenta's seed business if Monsanto were to acquire its Swiss rival in a hostile takeover. Syngenta rejected a recent takeover bid by Monsanto, saying it was not in the best interest for the company, its shareholders or other stakeholders. Following Syngenta's rejection of a deal,...

The next frontier in agriculture science: Sentinel-2

Agriculture is a key remote sensing application with high requirements. Short-term observation requirements in a global perspective for agriculture monitoring were tentatively defined by the GEO Agricultural Monitoring Community of Practice. The critical importance of the decameter resolution capabilities was highlighted to cover the whole diversity of the agricultural landscapes. In this respect, the up-coming Sentinel-2 mission is a...

Nestlé Launches Global R&D Center in Ohio to Address Diverse Consumer Food Demands

Nestlé today celebrated the grand opening of its new Nestlé Research & Development Center in Solon, Ohio, and marked the completion of a $50 million, two-year project to establish this global center dedicated to transforming the way the world enjoys frozen and chilled foods. In the new 144,000 square foot facility, Nestlé R&D Solon will balance consumer-centered innovation with...

California Almonds contribute little to carbon emissions, study finds

Almonds, vilified during the current drought for being one of California’s thirstier crops, have a surprisingly small carbon footprint compared to other nutrient-rich crops, reports a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. The findings are important for evaluating the environmental impact of California-grown almonds, which make up 80 percent of the...

New fungicide extends strawberries’ shelf life

Strawberry growers now have more time to get their product to American consumers with a new fungicide from Summit Agro USA. Applied until and throughout the day of harvest, KENJA fungicide fends off botrytis from the field to the packing house. This extends the shelf life of nascent strawberries. "Being a fourth-generation (succinate. dehydrogenase inhibitors) SDHi, there's nothing else...

Verdesian Life Sciences features new products

Now that technology has revolutionized agriculture by bringing farmers, retailers and distributors to the forefront of the digital age, Verdesian Life Sciences, to meet the needs of customers, has advanced its web presence to help farmers explore the science and plant health technologies it has developed to maximize yields and returns on investments. All Verdesian products are now identified by...
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