A new, organic fertilizer created in France’s Averyon region utilises a specially developed strain of fungus to speed up organic decomposition without any of the harmful side-effects of chemical fertilizer. Already in use by 5000 of France’s 350,000 farmers and becoming a hot item on the international market, it just may step up to challenge the global dominance of chemical fertilizers.
Xinhua News Agency (Mar. 8, 2011) A UN food study has determined that the adoption of ecological agriculture in poorer nations could double their food production within a decade. The study draws an explicit connection between ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 15, 2015) Environmental engineers are developing new technologies to harness and transform nutrient-rich urine into sustainable fertilizer. Ben Gruber reports.
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Reuters (May 26, 2013) A Chinese agricultural institute has developed a microbial bedding system for pigsties that it says helps pigs stay healthy and grow faster. Called a "microbial mattress" the system absorbs and ... watch video
CBC (Feb. 16, 2012) John Morrison, spokesman for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, says a new variety of potato developed by Agri-Food Canada has a lower glycemic index which can help to manage diabetes and weight ... watch video
AP (Mar. 26, 2012) At New York's Kennedy Airport, a little beagle named Izzy circles the international baggage carousels, searching for illegal food. She's the first line of defense for federal officials who are trying ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Sep. 26, 2014) Research by scientists at Imperial College London suggests that genetic engineering of bacteria could facilitate the production of propane on a commercial scale, potentially opening up new ways of ... watch video
May 25, 2016 A female Blanding's turtle believed to be at least 83 years old was captured at a forest reserve this week. Researchers say it is the oldest well-documented Blanding's turtle ... read more
May 25, 2016 While a lot is already known about plant perception, our ecological understanding of plants has largely focused on seeing plants as the sum of a series of building blocks or traits. A new collection ... read more
May 23, 2016 A team of bioengineering researchers has decoded the mechanism that bacteria use to make life-or-death decisions during extremely tough times. The fundamental find could have ... read more
May 25, 2016 A biologist has shown that freshwater communities experienced significantly lower disparity between common and rare species in favorable, low-stress environments. Conversely, ... read more
Oct. 7, 2015 Researchers have developed a method to obtain a clean organic fertilizer that is able to regenerate degraded soil caused by overharvesting. This compound is biodegradable, insoluble and harmless to ... read more
Apr. 7, 2015 Palm trees need special nutrients to remain healthy and viable. But those same nutrients can harm the soil and nearby water. Now a scientist has come up with a special palm fertilizer that makes sure ... read more
June 9, 2014 Helping farmers around the globe apply more-precise amounts of nitrogen-based fertilizer can help combat climate change. In a new study, researchers provide an improved prediction of nitrogen ... read more
Oct. 1, 2013 Increasing the organic matter in soils is key to growing crops for numerous reasons, including increased water-holding capacity and improved tilth. Scientists have evaluated the effects of various ... read more