Cross River State Blaze a trail: Nigeria Agro-Industrialization has just began

Cross River State Blaze a trail: Nigeria Agro-Industrialization has just began

By David Peter In spite of the oil, agriculture remains the base of the Nigerian economy, providing the main source of livelihood for most Nigerians for more than 30% of the population. The sector faces many challenges, notably an outdated land tenure system that constrains access to land (1.8 ha/farming household), a very low level of irrigation development (less than 1 percent of cropped land under irrigation), limited adoption of research findings and technologies, high cost of farm inputs, poor access to credit, inefficient fertilizer procurement and distribution, inadequate storage…

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Tree-dwelling, coconut-cracking giant rat discovered in Solomon Islands

Remember the movie The Princess Bride, when the characters debate the existence of R.O.U.S.es (Rodents of Unusual Size), only to be beset by enormous rats? That’s kind of what happened here. Mammalogist Tyrone Lavery heard rumors of a giant, possum-like rat that lived in trees and cracked open coconuts with its teeth on his first trip to the Solomon Islands in 2010. After years of searching and a race against deforestation destroying the rat’s would-be home, Lavery, along with John Vendi and Hikuna Judge, finally found it. “The new species,…

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How plants measure temperature

How plants use a light receptor as a thermosensor. The level of active phytochrome B is regulated by light and temperature. Phytochrome B is inactivated more strongly at higher temperatures, promoting elongation growth of plants. Plants respond very sensitive to temperature changes in their environment. At 22 degrees Celsius, for example, the model plant Arabidopsis shows compact growth. But if the temperature rises only a few degrees, plants exhibit an increased elongation growth in the shoot and leaves, enabling plant organs to cool down more easily by evaporation. How plants…

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Sheep gene insights could help farmers breed healthier animals

The Best method of Raising Ruminants: Intensive and Extensive? Find out

Fresh insights into the genetic code of sheep could aid breeding programmes to improve their health and productivity. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have mapped which genes are turned on and off in the different tissues and organs in a sheep’s body. Their findings shed new light on the animal’s complex biology, including insight into the function of genes linked to immunity and meat quality.  Fresh insights into the genetic code of sheep could aid breeding programmes to improve their health and productivity. Scientists have mapped which…

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Ants acting as ‘bodyguards’ for plants

Scientists show molecular basis for ants acting as ‘bodyguards’ for plants. Scientists at University of Toronto fed an enzyme activator to naturally occurring ants in the field to determine how it affects ant behavior. The swelling on this Cordia nodosa branch houses tiny, orange Allomerus octoarticulatus ants inside. Though you might not think of ants as formidable bodyguards, some do an impressive job protecting plants from enemies. Now, scientists at the University of Toronto (U of T) have determined what makes some better bodyguards than others. Examining the relationship between…

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Do you know that with Extra sugar, leaves get fat too? Find out how

Scientists tip balance of plant metabolism to increase oil content in leaves with aim of making biofuels and related useful chemicals. Eat too much without exercising and you’ll probably put on a few pounds. As it turns out, plant leaves do something similar. In a new study at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientists show that retaining sugars in plant leaves can make them get fat too. In plants, this extra fat accumulation could be a good thing. It could help turn plants into factories for making…

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10 Big Trends for Agriculture

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DAILYMOTIVATIONALINSIGHTFROMJIMJIM’sHIGHLIGHTSFOLLOW ME Jim Carroll is widely recognized as one of the leading experts in the world on agricultural trends.His client list in extensive, including both agricultural associations and global agricultural companies. It includes Purina • Land O’ Lakes • Eli Lilly/Elanco • DTN The Progressive Farmer • Nutrien •  Farm Media Journal • FMC Agriculture…

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Top 5 Trends in Agriculture

The great boom of technology is having great impact on all industries and agriculture is no exception. This is the perfect opportunity to find solutions for new issues: the demand for a greater productivity, high quality products and the challenges of climate change. The UK Food and Agriculture Association estimates that the world population will…

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Comprehensive Beginners Guide to a Successful Gardening

Comprehensive Beginners Guide to a Successful Gardening

Gardening is a great strategy to escape the stress of day to day life by working along with your hands as well as becoming in touch with nature. It is also a good way to add some beauty plus peace to your household by bordering it together with lovely vegetation. If you are planning an irrigation process for your garden, take into account a drip irrigation process because the conventional system using sprinkler heads loses a good lot water by way of evaporation. Yet , a spill technique irrigates your…

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