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Indeed, agriculture and other sciences are intertwined. More than a century ago in 1840, the German chemist Julius von Liebeg (1803-1873) presented his report on the state of organic chemistry to the British Association for the Advancement of Science (click here to read related page). In his paper entitled Chemistry in Its Application to Agriculture and Physiology, Liebeg stated:

"Perfect Agriculture is the true foundation of all trade and industry, — it is the foundation of the riches of states. But a rational system of Agriculture cannot be formed without the application of scientific principles; for such a system must be based on an exact acquaintance with the means of nutrition of vegetables, and with the influence of soils and action of manure upon them."

The word "vegetables" likely refers to plants.

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Oct 25, 2016

Why insect pests love monocultures, and how plant diversity could change that

Left to its own defenses, a farm field growing a variety of plants tends to attract fewer insect pests than a field growing just one type of crop. While scientists and farmers have noted that difference for years, the reasons behind it have been poorly understood. A new study explains that much of it may have to do with the nutritional needs of insects. Returning plant diversity to farmland could be a key step toward sustainable pest control (University of California - Davis Oct. 12, 2016).

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Sep 26, 2016

Propagating Giant Staghorn Fern in the Backyard

Describes a sustainable technique of propagating the Giant Staghorn Fern or Capa de Leon (Platycerium grande). It can be done in the backyard.

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Sep 25, 2016

Is There Plant Sex?

Reviews the existence of plant sex with some notes leading to its discovery by Camerarius.

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Sep 24, 2016

Breakthrough in salt-tolerance in plants research

A breakthrough has been made in investigating salt tolerance in plants which could lead to new salt tolerant varieties of crops, and also answer unresolved questions in plant biology (University of Adelaide Sept. 20,2016).

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Sep 24, 2016

Newly discovered algal enzyme for more efficient photosynthesis, better crops

For plants and algae that carry on photosynthesis, light can be too much of a good thing. On a bright, sunny day, a plant might only be able to utilize 20 percent or less of absorbed sunlight. The plant dissipates the excess light energy to prevent damage and oxidative stress, and a process called the xanthophyll cycle helps to flip the switch between energy dissipation and energy utilization (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Sept. 20, 2016).

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Sep 09, 2016

Plant roots built beachhead for life on land

Plants -- even relatively small ones -- played a crucial role in establishing a beachhead for life on land, according to recent work by an international team of researchers. The group found that early in the history of Earth's terrestrial biosphere, a small plant called Drepanophycus, similar to modern club mosses, was already deeply rooted. This kept soils from washing away and even allowed build up as the resilient above-ground parts of the plants caught silt during floods. These plants -- typically a metre long at most -- helped form deep, stable soils where other plants could thrive (University of Saskatchewan Aug. 30, 2016).

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Sep 09, 2016

Evidence from China shows how plants colonized the land

New fossil finds from China push back the origins of deep soils by 20 million years, new research has uncovered. This is a key part of the stepwise conquest of the land and transformation of the continents, researchers have discovered (University of Bristol Aug. 8, 2016).

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Sep 09, 2016

Molecular signature shows plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric CO2

Plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric CO2 according to a new study.The research provides insight into the long-term impacts of rising CO2 and the implications for global food security and nature conservation (University of Southampton Aug. 24, 2016).

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