CropWorld Global 2013

CropWorld Global 2013, the annual agricultural industry event run by UBM Live, will focus exclusively on helping the industry to innovate - through its ‘planting the seeds of innovation’ campaign.

Innovations in soil science will grow the solutions to global food security

Soil science will be fundamental in overcoming the growing threat of global food and fuel crop shortages as the world’s population continues to rise, according to innovative research by a University of Sheffield expert.

Product management for liquids during production and transport

UCON AG Containersysteme KG - manufacturer in the field of heatable and isolated stainless steel containers for the pharmaceutical, chemical...

Pesticides not yet proven guilty of causing honeybee declines

The impact of crop pesticides on honeybee colonies is unlikely to cause colony collapse, according to a paper in the journal Science. More research is now needed to predict the impact of widely-used agricultural insecticides, called...

Understanding the human body’s relationship with bacteria

Having healthy gut bacteria could have as much to do with a strategy that insurance companies use to uncover risk as with eating the right foods - according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Highly contagious honey bee virus transmitted by mites

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have discovered a parasitic mite has caused the Deformed Wing Virus to proliferate in honey bee...

Gene discovery may allow plant breeders to ‘switch off’ flower production

A research project has discovered a new gene with an important role in generating flower-bearing structures (inflorescences) in plants.

Using maths to feed the world

In the race to breed better crops to feed the increasing world population, scientists at The University of Nottingham are using maths to find out how a vital plant hormone affects growth.

Global seed vault marks 1-year anniversary

Four tons of seeds - almost 90,000 samples of hundreds of crop species - were delivered today to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault as it celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Energy-efficient water purification

Researchers have designed systems that harness the power of osmosis to harvest freshwater from non-potable sources, including seawater and generate electricity from low-temperature heat sources.

Additive increases cancer risk

New research in an animal model suggests that a diet high in inorganic phosphates, which are found in a variety of processed foods including...

Change management software cuts production downtime

By introducing change management and version control software for all industrial programmable devices in a manufacturing plant, a soft drinks giant has minimised production downtime, therefore avoiding costly delays and disrupting delivery...

Farming and chemical warfare

Leaf-cutter ants have developed a system to try and keep their gardens pest-free; an impressive feat which has evaded even human agriculturalists.

Bypassing aluminium toxicity effects

Aluminium toxicity, a global agricultural problem, halts root growth in plants, severely limiting agricultural productivity for more than...

Plant defences deciphered

Comparing anti-fungals produced by tobacco and henbane, researchers discovered that only a few mutations in a key enzyme are enough to shift the whole output to an entirely new product mixture.

Fertiliser technology review

About 75% of fertilizers and fertiliser technology used around the world today were developed or improved during the 1950s to 1970s.

Measuring carbon in soil

Three studies demonstrate that C storage capacity of soils in different regions of the Western Hemisphere respond similarly to a diverse range of management practises to increase soil C input.

Fungal foot bath protects honey bees

Researchers are exploring a novel means of killing the varroa mite, a threat to honey bees, including a naturally occurring fungus that can be delivered by foot bath or spray.

Gene variation linked to sugar

A recent study demonstrates the role that a variation in the GLUT2 gene has on sugar intake, and may help explain individual preferences for...

Increased competition in the FMCG industry

The recent rise of private-label goods has led to increased competition within the FMCG industry.




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