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Food & Agriculture

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

NASA Maps Earth’s Croplands from Space

It takes a lot of land to grow food for the world’s seven billion people. About a third of Earth’s terrestrial surface is used for agriculture. And about a third of that, in turn, is used to grow crops. Now, a new NASA-funded effort aims to map crop fields worldwide, identify what’s growing where, and

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

World Wetlands Day Focuses on Agriculture

The 2014 World Wetlands Day highlights the need for wetlands and the agriculture sector to work together. ESA’s GlobWetland II project assists Mediterranean countries in the sustainable use of these areas and demonstrates the evolution of wetlands and agricultural patterns over time.

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Receptors Discovered That Help Plants Manage Environmental Change, Pests, Wounds

ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the main energy source inside a cell and is considered to be the high energy molecule that drives all life processes in animals and humans. Outside the cell, membrane receptors that attract ATP drive muscle control, neurotransmission, inflammation and development. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found the same

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

John Deere and BASF Partner to Develop Sustainable Yield Enhancement Solutions

John Deere and BASF today announced plans to jointly develop a suite of integrated precision farming and farm management solutions for improved execution in the field. These tools, developed together with growers, will provide enhanced field scouting services and tailored agronomic advice. These will help growers to turn data into management decisions more efficiently.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Proba-V Begins Delivery of Land Cover and Vegetation Growth

Less than seven months after launch, Earth-watcher Proba-V is ready to provide global vegetation data for operational and scientific use. Launched by a Vega rocket from French Guiana in the early hours of 7 May, the Proba-V miniaturised satellite is designed to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Sensing Product Puts Soil Moisture Readings Into Australia’s Farmers Hands

Environmental monitoring specialist MEA is putting up-to-the-minute soil moisture readings in the palm of Australian growers and irrigator’s hands with the launch of Plexus – an affordable wireless network which delivers the data directly to the web.

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Tracking the Fate of Feedlot Contaminants with GIS Has Benefits

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers in Bowling Green, Ky., have found that a unique approach to cleaning up feedlot operations—the use of geographic information system (GIS) spatial mapping technologies to track how contaminants flow through the soil—offers its own set of benefits.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

New Hampshire Researchers Deploy Drones for Orchard Management

A University of New Hampshire plant pathologist and his doctoral student are using a remote-controlled helicopter to help apple farmers in the Northeast battle the persistent scourge of apple scab.

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

University of Florida Releases Irrigation Apps for Smartphones

The University of Florida has released three free smartphone apps to help manage irrigation for citrus, strawberries and urban turf grass. They take available information and convert it into a user-friendly format that can be used to help conserve water.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Mapping Essential Ecosystems in the Land of Rice

Madagascar is a land of rice. Everything about this place — land use, water use, income and poverty, nutrition and food security, deforestation and habitat loss — can be measured in terms of rice. The second thing you have to know is that Madagascar is hungry … and growing.

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