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Centre for dairy and animal husbandry

Animal and dairy husbandry real meaning to support and extend sustainability of animal life till their natural death. Animal should kept exactly as human keeps his own family, if kept along with for mutual benefit by serving them, otherwise they should be freed to their natural habitat. The life is life and it’s equal whether it is of human or of animal. Animal are bound to live on earth as free as human. Human do not have right to play with animal life , burn their food and snatch their habitat . Persistent   offenders causing suffering to the animals leading to universal subject matter. Today’s animal husbandry is getting practiced not only for milk purpose rather business with lives. Business houses, agricultural universities and research institution based on scientific and economic and other intelligent nonsense, and lot many more are in action…. Playing with lives of animal is intolerable at unified control system of the universe and is subject matter of action as per unified field of time and action. Objective of center for animal and dairy husbandry is to disseminate the light towards this and will act on fruitful human and animal coexistence research and information center for the benefit of animal and human both.

Following application area are facilitated Minor irrigation ,Land development ,Organic  farming ,Biofuel ,Agribusiness / agriclinic ,Forestry and wasteland ,Plantation & horticulture Farm  fertilization ,Bio technology ,Dairy & animal husbandry ,Post harvest technology ,Rural enablement ,Capacity building 


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Organic News -- ScienceDaily

Grow, mow, mulch: Finding lawn's value

Can grassy lawns affect carbon and nitrogen in the soil? Researchers found grass species and mowing habits can make a difference. Posted: Wed 8th of February, 2017

Why nature restoration takes time

'Relationships' in the soil become stronger during nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really 'connected'. These connections need time to (literally) grow, and fungi are the star performers. A European research team has shown the complete network of soil life for the first time. Posted: Wed 8th of February, 2017

Addressing the gap between research and practice in sustainable agriculture

New research has found a big difference in the yields produced by alternative agricultural practices in commercial fields compared with the same practices in the small experimental plots ordinarily used to test them. Posted: Wed 18th of January, 2017

Microbes rule in 'knee-high tropical rainforests'

Rainforests on infertile wet soils support more than half of all plant species. Shrublands on infertile dry soils in southwestern Australia, jokingly called 'knee-high tropical rainforests', support another 20 percent of all plants. In both, plants team up with soil bacteria or fungi to gather nutrients more efficiently. The plants' choice of microbial teammates influences a suite of other plant-soil interactions that help explain why such different environments are so biologically diverse. Posted: Thu 12th of January, 2017

Long-distance survival: Effects of storage time and environmental exposure on soil bugs

Are soil organisms still risky after a year in the sun? International researchers placed trays of soil in and around sea containers, as well as in cupboards, to count the creatures in them every few months. They showcase some of the risks presented by soil contamination, while observing which unwanted microbes, insects and plants died faster when exposed, and which -- when protected in closed cupboards. Posted: Thu 5th of January, 2017

Scientists zero in on biological diversity in 'poor man's rainforest'

Leftover DNA from dead organisms -- known as "relic DNA" -- has historically thrown a wrench into estimates, causing scientists to overestimate microbial diversity by as much as 55 percent. Posted: Tue 20th of December, 2016

How miniature predators get their favorite soil bacteria

Tiny predators in the soil can literally sniff out their prey: soil bacteria, which communicate with each other using scent. A team of researchers has discovered that these predators -- called protists - 'eavesdrop' on the bacteria's communication. It's a discovery that opens up perspectives for agriculture. Posted: Thu 8th of December, 2016

Vast carbon residue of ocean life

The oceans hold a vast reservoir -- 700 billion tons -- of carbon, dissolved in seawater as organic matter, often surviving for thousands of years after being produced by ocean life. Yet, little is known about how it is produced, or how it's being impacted by the many changes happening in the ocean. Posted: Wed 19th of October, 2016

Do breakfast cereals contain endocrine-disrupting pesticides?

The worrying results a survey 7 on a breakfast food, muesli, show the ubiquity of cocktails of hormone disrupting chemicals, also known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the everyday environment. The findings highlight the need for the EU Commission to revise its recently proposed criteria to identify EDCs so that they become effective in protecting health, say experts. Posted: Fri 14th of October, 2016

Soil microbes flourish with reduced tillage

Microbes improve soil quality by cycling nutrients and breaking plant residues down into soil organic matter. In an effort to detect consistent patterns across a large geographical area, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 62 studies examining the effect of tillage on soil microbes. No-till systems had greater soil microbial biomass and enzymatic activity. Tilled systems that used a chisel plow were equivalent to no-till systems, in terms of microbial biomass. Posted: Tue 4th of October, 2016

Intercropping: Intersection of soil health, production

Plant diversity in intercropping leads to more diversity below ground too. Researchers are working to find the right combination for optimal crop and soil performance. Posted: Wed 21st of September, 2016

Soil management may help stabilize maize yield in the face of climate change

How will we feed our growing population in the face of an increasingly extreme climate? Many experts suggest the answer lies in breeding novel crop varieties that can withstand the increases in drought, heat, and extreme rainfall events predicted in the not-too-distant future. But breeding is only part of the equation, according to new research. Posted: Tue 20th of September, 2016

Organic panic: Finding the right combination

Farmers have been using a mix-and-match approach to practices for growing their organic veggies. Which combination of practices was best, however, was uncertain. Recent research sheds light on long-term effects of different combinations to productivity and soil. Posted: Wed 14th of September, 2016

Unlocking the mysteries of plant root function, from Alaska to South Africa

It is easy to study what you can see. Researchers know a lot about how plants work aboveground, but what happens out of sight under the surface may control more than we once thought. Posted: Thu 25th of August, 2016

Predicting plant-soil feedbacks from plant traits

In nature, plants cannot grow without soil biota like fungi and bacteria. Successful plants are able to harness positive, growth-promoting soil organisms, while avoiding the negative effects of others. Which plant traits can predict these interactions, or the success of a plant? Researchers and plant breeders would like to know. Posted: Wed 24th of August, 2016

New method for quantifying methane emissions from manure management

The EU Commision requires Denmark to reduce drastically emissions of greenhouse gases from agriculture. But it is currently not possible to quantify emissions of methane from livestock manure -- and to document effects of changes in management. A new research article addresses this challenge and proposes a method which could be an important step towards quantifying methane emissions. Posted: Wed 17th of August, 2016

Do eco-friendly wines taste better?

It's time to toast environmentally friendly grapes. A new study shows that eco-certified wine tastes better -- and making the choice even easier, earlier research shows it's often cheaper, too. Posted: Tue 2nd of August, 2016

Measure of age in soil nitrogen could help precision agriculture

What's good for crops is not always good for the environment. Nitrogen, a key nutrient for plants, can cause problems when it leaches into water supplies. University of Illinois engineers developed a model to calculate the age of nitrogen in corn and soybean fields, which could lead to improved fertilizer application techniques to promote crop growth while reducing leaching. Posted: Tue 26th of July, 2016

Vineyards adversely affect soil quality, researchers determine

Biologists are digging under vineyards to see if the Okanagan's grape industry is affecting soil quality. A research team delivers its findings after spending the better part of three years studying soil samples from more than 15 vineyards throughout the Okanagan. Posted: Thu 14th of July, 2016

Humans are not the only ones who produce halogenated organic pollutants

Organohalogens like perchloroethene and trichloroethene are prominent groundwater pollutants due to their industrial use as dry cleaning and degreasing agents and their widespread release into the environment. Volatile organohalogens like chloromethane strongly influence atmospheric chemistry and thereby Earth's climate by causing ozone depletion when released into the atmosphere. For a long time it was assumed that these compounds are only produced and released by human activity. However, in recent years, over 5,000 naturally-occurring organohalogen compounds have been identified, and evidence suggests that the cycling of halogens e.g. chlorine, bromine in soils is largely driven by microbial processes. Posted: Fri 1st of July, 2016

Agriculture and Food News -- ScienceDaily

Researchers detail genetic mechanisms that govern growth and drought response in plants

Research outlines how the genetic pathways that govern growth and stress response in plants sometimes clash. The research could lead to better performing crop varieties. Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Nematode resistance in soybeans beneficial even at low rates of infestation

Soybeans with resistance to soybean cyst nematodes seem to have a yield advantage compared to susceptible varieties when SCN is present. Until now, scientists did not know what level of SCN infestation is needed to achieve the yield advantage. A new study shows that SCN resistance from the soybean accession PI 88788 offers yield advantages even at very low infestation rates. Posted: Thu 23rd of February, 2017

Stingless bees have their nests protected by soldiers

Although stingless bees do not have a sting to fend off enemies, they are nonetheless able to defend their hives against attacks. Only four years ago it was discovered that a Brazilian bee species, the Jatai bee, has a soldier caste. The slightly larger fighters guard the entrance to the nest and grip intruders with their powerful mandibles in the event of an attack. Now researchers have identified four further species which produce a special soldier caste to defend their nests. Posted: Thu 23rd of February, 2017

Cultivating cool-for-cash-crop

Canola and camelina are cool-season crops that produce oilseeds. Soon they may find a home in California fields as a rotational crop with smart water use and high demand. Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading

'Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population.' This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture. New research suggests that production likely will need to increase between 25 percent and 70 percent to meet 2050 food demand. Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

What's the buzz on bee parasites?

A new article presents the genome sequence and analysis of the honey bee parasitic mite T. mercedesae. Bee colonies are facing wide-spread devastation across the entire world. The research revealed there were specific features in the mite genome that had been shaped by their interaction with honey bees and that special mechanisms to control these mites would be required. Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

Researchers find potential bugs to eat invasive cogongrass

Cogongrass displaces pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems. Now researchers are focusing on the Orseolia javanica midge that causes cogongrass to produce linear galls at the expense of leaves. Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

Wintering ducks connect isolated wetlands by dispersing plant seeds

Plant populations in wetland areas face increasing isolation as wetlands are globally under threat from habitat loss and fragmentation. Researchers show that the daily movement behavior of wintering mallards is highly predictable from the landscape they live in and that their daily flights contribute to maintaining the connections between wetland plant populations across increasingly fragmented landscapes. Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

Mediterranean diet may decrease pain associated with obesity

Eating a Mediterranean diet could decrease the chances an overweight person will experience regular pain, new research suggests. Posted: Tue 21st of February, 2017

Three-way dance between herbivores, plants and microbes unveiled

What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to an entomologist. Posted: Tue 21st of February, 2017

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10 per cent more food than it needs, while almost nine per cent is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say. Posted: Tue 21st of February, 2017

Unlocking crop diversity by manipulating plant sex

Researchers have discovered a key gene that influences genetic recombination during sexual reproduction in wild plant populations. Adding extra copies of this gene resulted in a massive boost to recombination and diversity in plant offspring. This finding could enable plant breeders to unlock crop variation, improve harvests and help ensure future food security. Posted: Tue 21st of February, 2017

Scientists remove reliance on seasonality in new lines of broccoli, potentially doubling crop production

Scientists are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be grown all year round in protected conditions, which could help with continuity of supply, as growers would no longer be reliant on seasonal weather conditions. Posted: Tue 21st of February, 2017

Legal marijuana sales creating escalating damage to the environment

Marijuana sales have created an economic boom in U.S. states that have fully or partially relaxed their cannabis laws, but is the increased cultivation and sale of this crop also creating escalating environmental damage and a threat to public health? Posted: Tue 21st of February, 2017

Drones are what's next for plant breeders

Crop breeders grow thousands of potential varieties at a time; until now, observations of key traits were made by hand. In a new study, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, were used successfully to remotely evaluate and predict soybean maturity timing in tests of potential varieties. The use of drones for this purpose could substantially reduce the human-hours needed to evaluate new crops. Posted: Tue 21st of February, 2017

Maize study finds genes that help crops adapt to change

A new study analyzed close to 4,500 maize varieties to identify more than 1,000 genes driving large-scale adaptation to the environment. Posted: Mon 20th of February, 2017

Bee decline threatens US crop production

The first-ever study to map US wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands. Posted: Sun 19th of February, 2017

Gene editing can complement traditional food-animal improvements

Animal scientist say that gene editing -- following in the footsteps of traditional breeding -- has tremendous potential to boost the sustainability of livestock production, while also enhancing food-animal health and welfare. Posted: Fri 17th of February, 2017

Researchers use big-brother tech to spy on bumblebees

RFID chips like the ones used to protect merchandise from shoplifting reveal surprising clues about life in a bumblebee colony, say investigators. Posted: Fri 17th of February, 2017

Honey bee genetics sheds light on bee origins

Where do honey bees come from? A new study clears some of the fog around honey bee origins. The work could be useful in breeding bees resistant to disease or pesticides. Posted: Fri 17th of February, 2017

Drought News -- ScienceDaily

Researchers detail genetic mechanisms that govern growth and drought response in plants

Research outlines how the genetic pathways that govern growth and stress response in plants sometimes clash. The research could lead to better performing crop varieties. Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Cultivating cool-for-cash-crop

Canola and camelina are cool-season crops that produce oilseeds. Soon they may find a home in California fields as a rotational crop with smart water use and high demand. Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

Forests worldwide threatened by drought

Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, researchers have found. An analysis suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of droughts. Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

Winners and losers: Climate change will shift vegetation

Projected global warming will likely decrease the extent of temperate drylands by one-third over the remainder of the 21st century coupled with an increase in dry deep soil conditions during agricultural growing season. Posted: Tue 21st of February, 2017

How a plant resists drought

Climate change will bring worsening droughts that threaten crops. One potential way to protect crops is by spraying them with a compound that induces the plants to become more drought resistant. Now, by identifying the key molecular mechanism that enables a plant to minimize water loss, researchers may be one step closer to that goal. Posted: Tue 14th of February, 2017

Scat sniffer dogs tell researchers a lot about endangered lizards

Dogs can be trained to find almost anything, but one researcher had them detect something a little unusual -- the scat of endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizards. The dogs helped find out how important shrubs are in preserving lizard populations in the face of climate change. Posted: Tue 31st of January, 2017

Cooperation helps mammals survive in tough environments

New research suggests that cooperative breeding makes mammal species such as meerkats better suited to dry, harsh climates. Posted: Tue 24th of January, 2017

How much drought can a forest take?

Why do some trees die in a drought and others don't? And how can we predict where trees are most likely to die in future droughts? Scientists have examined those questions in a new study. Posted: Thu 19th of January, 2017

Researchers use weather radar to track migrating waterfowl, avian influenza

Researchers are part of an effort that will use weather radar to identify wetland hotspots used by waterfowl during the winter, which in turn can alert poultry growers about the potential risk of avian influenza. The lab involved in the study is one of the only labs anywhere using weather radar data to map bird distributions at the ground level. Posted: Wed 18th of January, 2017

Pressures from grazers hastens ecosystem collapse from drought

Ecosystem collapse from extreme drought can be significantly hastened by pressures placed on drought-weakened vegetation by grazers and fungal pathogens, a new study finds. The study's experimental evidence shows that the natural enemies of plants play a major role in lowering resilience to drought and preventing recovery afterward. The finding may be applicable to a wide range of ecosystems now threatened by climate-intensified drought, including marshes, mangroves, forests and grasslands. Posted: Wed 11th of January, 2017

NASA study finds a connection between wildfires, drought

For centuries drought has come and gone across northern sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, water shortages have been most severe in the Sahel -- a band of semi-arid land situated just south of the Sahara Desert and stretching coast-to-coast across the continent, from Senegal and Mauritania in the west to Sudan and Eritrea in the east. Posted: Tue 10th of January, 2017

Will climate change leave tropical birds hung out to dry?

The future of the red-capped manakin and other tropical birds in Panama looks bleak. A research project spanning more than three decades and simulating another five decades analyzes how changes in rainfall will affect bird populations. The results show that for 19 of the 20 species included in the study, there may be significantly fewer birds if conditions become dryer. Posted: Tue 3rd of January, 2017

Turfgrass research focuses on irrigation efficiency, drought tolerance

Subsurface drip irrigation is the newest method in turfgrass efficiency. Two projects will test these research findings: A subsurface drip irrigation system in several tee boxes at a golf course, and a city park, where a subsurface drip irrigation system has been installed on half of the park. Posted: Wed 14th of December, 2016

What satellites can tell us about how animals will fare in a changing climate

From the Arctic to the Mojave Desert, terrestrial and marine habitats are quickly changing. Satellites are particularly well-suited to observe habitat transformation and help scientists forecast what animals might do next, suggest experts. Posted: Mon 12th of December, 2016

New study of water-saving plants advances efforts to develop drought-resistant crops

As part of an effort to develop drought-resistant food and bioenergy crops, scientists have uncovered the genetic and metabolic mechanisms that allow certain plants to conserve water and thrive in semi-arid climates. Posted: Tue 6th of December, 2016

How tequila could be key in our battle against climate change

Agave – the cactus-like plant which forms the base ingredient of tequila – has a nocturnal ‘body clock’ which allows it to ‘breathe’ at night and withstand the driest of conditions, new research has shown. Posted: Tue 6th of December, 2016

More than 100 million dead trees in California from drought

The U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California's drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years. Posted: Fri 25th of November, 2016

Emergence of winter moths has scientist worried about another spring of defoliation

Winter moths are creating a nuisance and laying eggs that may lead to another spring of defoliated and dying trees, report investigators. Posted: Wed 23rd of November, 2016

Soybean plants with fewer leaves yield more

Using computer model simulations, scientists have predicted that modern soybean crops produce more leaves than they need to the detriment of yield -- a problem made worse by rising atmospheric carbon dioxide. They tested their prediction by removing about one third of the emerging leaves on soybeans and found an 8 percent increase in seed yield in replicated trials. They attribute this boost in yield to increased photosynthesis, decreased respiration, and diversion of resources that would have been invested in more leaves than seeds. Posted: Sat 19th of November, 2016

Large forest die-offs can have effects that ricochet to distant ecosystems

Major forest die-offs due to drought, heat and beetle infestations or deforestation could have consequences far beyond the local landscape. say scientists. Wiping out an entire forest can have significant effects on global climate patterns and alter vegetation on the other side of the world, they say. Posted: Fri 18th of November, 2016

Sustainability News -- ScienceDaily

Hammerhead shark migration gives new hope for conservation

Great Hammerhead sharks have been tagged and tracked across the USA and Bahamas in a bid to shed light on their migration habits. Researchers suggest that these sharks are more at risk than previously thought because of their predictable and seasonal migratory patterns. As an endangered species, the Great Hammerhead shark is in desperate need of effective conservation management. This new information will allow marine planners to improve the protection of this iconic animal. Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10 per cent more food than it needs, while almost nine per cent is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say. Posted: Tue 21st of February, 2017

It's more than just climate change

Accurately modeling climate change and interactive human factors -- including inequality, consumption, and population -- is essential for the effective science-based policies and measures needed to benefit and sustain current and future generations. A recent study presents extensive evidence of the need for a new paradigm of modeling that fully incorporates the feedbacks between Earth systems and human systems. Posted: Fri 17th of February, 2017

Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater

Seagrass meadows -- bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth -- can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans, according to new research. Posted: Thu 16th of February, 2017

Whale-ship collisions

Scientists and government officials met at the United Nations today to consider possible solutions to a global problem: how to protect whale species in their most important marine habitats that overlap with shipping lanes vital to the economies of many of the world's nations. Posted: Thu 16th of February, 2017

50+ Year-Old Protein Volume Paradox Resolved

New research makes it possible to predict how volume for a given protein will change between the folded and unfolded state. Computations accurately predict how a protein will react to increased pressure, shed light on the inner-workings of life in the ocean depths, and may also offer insights into alien life. Posted: Fri 10th of February, 2017

New research to help preserve the benefits people receive from nature

Humans rely on things that come from nature -- including clean air, water, food, and timber. But how can we tell if these natural services that people rely on, are at risk of being lost, potentially permanently? Posted: Thu 9th of February, 2017

Researchers invent a breakthrough process to produce renewable car tires from trees and grasses

A team of researchers has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards. Posted: Wed 8th of February, 2017

Current climate change models understate the problem, scientists argue

A new study on the relationship between people and the planet shows that climate change is only one of many inter-related threats to the Earth's capacity to support human life. Posted: Wed 8th of February, 2017

Mobile phone and satellite data to map poverty

An international team has, for the first time, developed a way of combining anonymized data from mobile phones and satellite imagery data to create high resolution maps to measure poverty. Posted: Tue 7th of February, 2017

Svalbard's electric power could come from hydrogen

The energy supply to Longyearbyen, midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, is a hot topic in the climate debate. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement and the administrative centre of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Today, Longyearbyen obtains its electric power and district heating from its coal power plant, the only one in Norway. Posted: Tue 7th of February, 2017

Malaria control efforts can benefit from forecasting using satellites

Links between patterns of malaria in Kenya and environmental factors (temperature, rainfall and land cover) are measurable by satellite imagery, says a researcher. In his doctoral dissertation, the researcher shows that conducive environmental conditions occur before increases in hospital admissions and mortality due to malaria, indicating that the satellite information is useful for the development of disease forecasting models and early warning systems. Posted: Tue 7th of February, 2017

Powerful change: A profile of today's solar consumer

People with higher incomes and better education no longer dominate demand for the domestic solar market in Queensland with a new study revealing the highest uptake in solar PV systems comes from families on medium to lower incomes. Posted: Tue 7th of February, 2017

Hundreds of ancient earthworks built in the Amazon

The Amazonian rainforest was transformed over 2,000 years ago by ancient people who built hundreds of large, mysterious earthworks. Posted: Tue 7th of February, 2017

Life-cycle assessment study provides detailed look at decentralized water systems

The "decentralized" water system at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which treats all non-potable water on site, contributes to the net-zero building's recognition as one of the greenest buildings in the world. However, research into the efficacy of these systems versus traditional treatment is practically non-existent in the literature. Posted: Thu 2nd of February, 2017

Storing solar power increases energy consumption and emissions, study finds

Homes with solar panels do not require on-site storage to reap the biggest economic and environmental benefits of solar energy, according to research. In fact, storing solar energy for nighttime use actually increases both energy consumption and emissions compared with sending excess solar energy directly to the utility grid. Posted: Mon 30th of January, 2017

Agricultural fires in Brazil harm infant health, a warning for the developing world

Exposure to pollution from agricultural fires in the last few months of gestation leads to earlier birth and smaller babies, researchers have found. The results offer a warning to the developing world, where such fires are common. Posted: Thu 26th of January, 2017

Floating towards water treatment

Researchers have found engineered floating wetlands show promise for water treatment. Posted: Wed 25th of January, 2017

Nanoparticle fertilizer could contribute to new 'green revolution'

The 'Green Revolution' of the '60s and '70s has been credited with helping to feed billions around the world, with fertilizers being one of the key drivers spurring the agricultural boom. But in developing countries, the cost of fertilizer remains relatively high and can limit food production. Now researchers report a simple way to make a benign, more efficient fertilizer that could contribute to a second food revolution. Posted: Wed 25th of January, 2017

Improving prognoses for a sustainable future

Whether it's electric automobiles, renewable energy, carbon tax or sustainable consumption, sustainable development requires strategies that meet people's needs without harming the environment. Before such strategies are implemented, their potential impact on environment, economy, and society needs to be tested. These tests can be conducted with the help of computer models that depict future demographic and economic development and that examine the interplay between industry and the climate. But computer models play a significant role in environmental policy, but offer only a partial picture of the industrial system, say experts. Posted: Mon 23rd of January, 2017