How to Convert Potato Wastes into Ethanol (Researchers Reveals)

How to Convert Potato Wastes into Ethanol (Researchers Reveals)

According to the Materials provided by Penn State, Researcher Ali Demirci adjusts a bioreactor in which potato waste is being used to produce bioethanol with a novel process that simultaneously employs mold and yeast to convert starch to sugar and sugar to ethanol. Credit: Dimerci Lab With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production…

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Top 13 Lucrative Agricultural Businesses for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

There are several business opportunities available in the agricultural industry and one good thing about the industry is that there is market for all the produce which the industry produce. On our previous article, we discussed about the Top 50 Agriculture Business Ideas for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Meanwhile on this new article, I decided to narrow the whole 50 Agriculture business ideas down to the Top 13 to enable you make a faster choice if you are finding it a little bit difficult to make the perfect decision. Over the years,…

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Top 50 Agriculture Business Ideas for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The demand for agricultural products both in Nigeria and the world at large will always be on the high side because food is one of the basic needs of man. Therefore as an entrepreneur, you can key into this demand and set up an agro business thereby creating enormous wealth for yourself. There are many reasons every young aspiring entrepreneur should look into agriculture as endless opportunities are found on agriculture and more people are starting to realize that, especially young people. This article is a highlight of agricultural business…

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Quail Eggs – The Super Food (34 Amazing Health Benefits)

Small in size but packed with essential minerals and vitamins Did you know? Quail eggs are more nutritious than most eggs, Quail eggs are richer in vitamins and minerals compared to chicken eggs. “Quail eggs contain 13 per cent protein compared to 11 per cent found in chicken eggs. They also contain 140 per cent of Vitamin B1, compared to 50 per cent found in chicken eggs,” they also contain vitmin B2 etc and Minerals like Zinc, Iron etc. They have good type of cholestrol (HDL) and are highly proteinous.…

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Discover the world’s tallest tree growing in humid areas

Discover the world's tallest tree growing in humid areas

London, UK and Malaysia scientists say they have discovered the world’s tallest tree growing in humid regions (Tropical), which is 100 meters (328 feet) tall. Last year a team from the University of Nottingham discovered in the forests of Borneo. According to media reports, researchers at Oxford University have taken drone flights along with 3D scans to confirm the length of the tree. This long-standing tree has been discovered in Danam Valley, Sabah, Malaysia. This tree is named Minara, which is a Malay word and means minaret. The local climax…

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Tropical Plants: Definition and Importance

What does Tropical Plant mean? A tropical plant is a plant that grows naturally in a tropical climate. A tropical climate is typically hot and humid, with temperatures constantly exceeding 18 degrees Celsius, with zero frost days. In colder climates north of the equator, tropical plants can be grown as houseplants and set outside during the warm, sunny months. Commercially, tropical plants can be grown in colder climates, but they must be grown inside of greenhouses and with other forms of controlled environment agriculture. The term tropical plant refers to…

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How spiders can harm and help flowering plants

Summary: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Now researchers show that this principle also holds for crab spiders and flowering plants. While it’s true that the spiders do eat or drive away useful pollinators such as bees, they’re also attracted by floral scent signals to come and help if the plant is attacked by insects intent on eating it.     Crab spiders sitting on the flowers keep away bees and also plant-eating insects from visiting the plants. Credit: Anina C. Knauer   Interactions between organisms such as…

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Gene boosts rice growth and yield in salty soil

Discovery of a gene that helps rice plants grow in salty soil paves the way to developing salt-tolerant crops Members of the research team collecting samples in a rice paddy field in Changsha, China. Credit: Jianzhong Lin Around 20% of the world’s irrigated land is considered to contain elevated concentrations of salt, and the soil continues to get saltier as the climate warms. Agricultural production is hard hit by soil salinity; salt stress reduces the growth and yield of most plants, resulting in billions of dollars in crop yield losses…

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Lizards, mice, bats and other vertebrates are important pollinators, too

Study reviews the global importance of vertebrate pollinators for plant reproduction   Bees are not the only animals that carry pollen from flower to flower. Species with backbones, among them bats, birds, mice, and even lizards, also serve as pollinators. Although less familiar as flower visitors than insect pollinators, vertebrate pollinators are more likely to have co-evolved tight relationships of high value to the plants they service, supplying essential reproductive aid for which few or no other species may substitute.   In plants known to receive flower visitations from vertebrates,…

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Why some Beetles like Alcohol

Beetles share the work of cultivating their fungal gardens: some clean the tunnel systems that are being eaten into the wood, others clear the dirt from the nest and clean their fellow workers always with the aim of optimizing the symbiosis of beetle and fungus. Credit: Gernot Kunz If on a warm summer’s evening in the beer garden, small beetles dive into your beer, consider giving them a break. Referred to as “ambrosia beetles,” these insects just want what’s best for themselves and their offspring. Drawn to the smell of…

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