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New satellite dataset sheds light on Earth’s plant growth

By | Botany, News

A groundbreaking satellite dataset, derived from TROPOMI’s observations, revolutionizes our understanding of Earth’s plant growth. The Comprehensive Mechanistic Light Response (CMLR) Gross Primary Production (GPP) dataset utilizes solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence to accurately quantify global photosynthesis. This advancement holds promise for climate change research, land management policies, and environmental conservation efforts.

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Better phosphorus use can ensure its stocks last more than 500 years and boost global food production – new evidence shows

By | Agriculture, News

Efficient phosphorus use could extend its reserves over 500 years, vital for global food production amid a rising population. Current over-application, especially in Europe and North America, depletes resources and harms water quality. New research emphasizes optimizing usage, potentially saving 77 years’ worth of reserves. Collaborative policy action is crucial for sustainable phosphorus management.

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Harnessing AI and advanced imaging for precision plant stress management: Insights from a comprehensive systematic review

By | Agriculture, News

Recent advancements in AI and imaging sensors are revolutionizing plant stress management for enhanced crop production. A systematic review reveals a preference for RGB sensors, but highlights limitations. Deep learning (DL) algorithms are increasingly integrated, with potential for spectral imaging to improve phenotyping. Future research aims to refine AI models for broader application in agriculture, promising resilient practices amidst rising global food demands.

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Image: Keerti Rathore stands in his lab with ultra-low gossypol cotton plants that were created using RNA interference, a gene-silencing technique. Credit: Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Beth Luedeker

Natural tech for ‘dimming’ genes brings transformative potential to agriculture

By | Agriculture, News, Plant Science

Advancements in RNA interference (RNAi) technology are revolutionizing agriculture, offering precise gene-silencing capabilities akin to dimming a light switch rather than turning it off completely like CRISPR. RNAi, a natural defense mechanism in organisms, enables targeted gene modification, enhancing crop traits and reducing reliance on pesticides. Exciting applications include virus-resistant papaya and low-toxicity cottonseed, marking a sustainable shift in global food production. As regulatory acceptance grows, RNAi promises safer, more efficient agricultural practices, heralding a future of enhanced food security and environmental stewardship.

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Creepy crawlies protect apples when flowers planted on farms

By | Agriculture, News

Bugs like hoverflies and ladybirds safeguard Britain’s apples. Planting wildflowers around orchards creates homes for these beneficial insects, curbing apple damage by pests. Research suggests adding flower margins could boost apple harvests by 6.9%, reducing reliance on pesticides and promoting sustainable agriculture. Conserving insects leads to better yields.

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