Plant Nutrition

Cutting car exhaust boosts crop yields

Usually, increasing agricultural productivity depends on adding something, such as fertilizer or water, but a Stanford University-led study reveals that removing one thing in particular – a common air pollutant – could lead to dramatic... more »

Small wetlands adjacent to farms can reduce runoff

Wetlands built next to farms can dramatically reduce excess nutrients reaching vital waterways, according to a study. Crops need nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus to grow and thrive. However, excess nutrients from farms can wash... more »

TerraGrow Liquid seen as a new microbial plant health promoter

TerraGrow Liquid is a specialty blend of beneficial microbial organisms formulated to invigorate plant health. When applied to the soil, it quickly establishes beneficial microbes in the root zone strengthening the rhizosphere, improving nutrient availability,... more »

Mosaic, BioConsortia expand nitrogen fixing microbial products to Asia

The Mosaic Company and BioConsortia, Inc. have entered into a new agreement to develop and launch nitrogen-fixing microbial products for all crops, including corn, wheat, rice, fruit and vegetables in China, India, Thailand and Vietnam.... more »

Valent BioSciences creates new biostimulant operating unit

To further help support the goal of its parent company, Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd., to achieve carbon neutral status by 2050, Valent BioSciences LLC recently  announced that it is establishing a new operating unit designed... more »

Improved nitrogen fertilization, irrigation practices sought in California

The California Department of Food And Agriculture (CDFA) has received $2 million from the USDA for a research consortium to implement a demonstration and outreach approach to help farmers improve nitrogen fertilization and irrigation practices.... more »

Lower plants’ defense ‘shields’ aided by viral proteins

New research, led by Washington State University scientists, into how viral proteins interact and can be disabled holds promise to help plants defend themselves against viruses – and ultimately prevent crop losses. The study published... more »

Advances in plant breeding could come from UC Davis findings

A simple roadside weed may hold the key to understanding and predicting DNA mutation, according to new research from University of California, Davis, and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Germany. The findings,... more »

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