TO BE OR NOT TO BE A BIOSTIMULANT

Silicon sits uncomfortably, on its own or as a component, within the category Biostimulant because it clearly has a positive (indirect) effect on plant resistance also to various biotic stresses.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF BIODEGRADABLE POTS

Review of some biodegradable pots, taking cue from the Vipot made from rice-husks and positive effects root systems, transplanting and the environment in general. Judging their carbon footprint and relevance

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INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS

The introduction of innovative products is a key indicator in determining how well a company is able to navigate the barriers of established practice, bureaucracy and vested interested to reach

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MINI DIGESTORS TO PRODUCE BIOGASS

The virtues of cultivating maize on a large scale to maintain the required constant flow of biomass to feed large digestors is questionable in comparison to the feeding bio-waste to

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BIODIVERSITY – CONSERVATION

Promoting the importance of plants to our lives and the flora of certain regions. Interesting information on some Botanical Theme Parks: Eden Project; Qingdao China and King Abdullag International Gardens,

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POTS FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC

Several companies now market pots made 100% from recycled consumer plastic waste (that goes into the yellow garbage bags) as opposed to industrial plastic waste. These pots are blue in

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Many ornamental varieties, especially those used in the production of cut-flowers, bedding and garden plants, consists of developments in breeding also utilizing genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Worth exploring is

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SEAWATER GREENHOUSE IN SOMALIA

The seawater greenhouse technology has been utilized in the construction of a series of greenhouses in Somalia in an attempt to increase food production and provide desalinated water.

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UV LIGHT IMPROVES NUTRITIONAL QUALITY

UV light has been found to improve nutritional quality of fruit and vegetables by increasing anti-oxidant quantities. Sun tanning fruit and vegetables: It is known that many metabolic processes continue

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FOLIAR APPLICATION OF SILICON

‘The effects of Foliar Sprays with Different Silicon compounds’ is the title of a scientific review by Dr. Henk-Maarten Laane. This paper strongly suggests the need for further pure research

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HOW PURE IS OUR SCIENCE?

EssayA short essay by Edward on the difficult relationships in agriculture between pure science (and scientists), the end users and their consultant agronomists involved in the application of various products

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INTRODUCING INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

New products can provide potential advantages but they can also be more difficult for growers to operate requiring changes in established production protocols and the need for technical advice. How

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SOLWA TECHNOLOGY

Efficient stand alone units for solar distillation of seawater and polluted water, providing a high ratio of drinking and irrigation water for local agriculture. New greenhouse structures that incorporate this

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EFFECTS OF RETRACTABLE ROOF GREENHOUSES

What are some of the physiological effects on plants that make retractable roof greenhouses so successful and what crops are most suited?

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WATER FROM FOG AND DEW

This latest version of the Warka Water collection system is being tested in Ethiopia. It will surely be of interest to people who live in areas of low rainfall and

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