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Nanoparticles – a new study suggests they could stunt crop growth

A new study on nano-zinc oxide and nano-cerium oxide, two common nano particles, suggests that they can accumulate in crops such as soybeans and may stunt soil- fertilising bacteria. These findings may have food supply implications. Zinc oxide (ZnO) and … Continue reading

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Pesticide resistance – a new development

That bugs become resistant to pesticides over time is well known, however, while this resistance develops over multiple generations, bacteria can go through several generations in one day. New research has shown that some bacteria have evolved to be able … Continue reading

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The colour purple – a new way to grow plants

Scientists at PlantLab in the Netherlands have taken advantage of the simple fact that the main type of chlorophyll in plants only requires purple light to function. Conventional greenhouses use white light to grow crops meaning that red green and … Continue reading

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Time to invest in hemp?

Hemp is set to be a crop for the future, with applications as a replacement for fibreglass in car manufacture, building insulation and reinforced plastics Whilst it may take ten years to take off (most likely when the cooking oil … Continue reading

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