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Archive | September, 2015

Francis Flowers and Herbs Farm Eco-Farmer

Meet an Eco-Farmer: Francis Flowers and Herbs Farm

Why did you begin farming? My family farmed growing up. I returned to the land 12 years ago to be nourished and renewed after being away for such a long time. In my time away I became a cosmetologist, owned a beauty salon and nearly lost my life to chemical poisons, which led to my […]

Yeasts Protect Fruit from Brown Rot

Yeasts Protect Fruit from Brown Rot

Some naturally occurring yeasts may be useful for protecting stone fruits against pathogens that attack after harvest. USDA scientists looked to the microflora on the surface of the plum to find potential biocontrol agents against brown rot. At the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, plant pathologist Wojciech Janisiewicz […]

rice-field

Silicon’s Role in Rice Production

Silicon (Si) is the second most abundant element of the Earth’s crust after oxygen. It has long been neglected by ecologists, as it is not considered an essential nutrient for plants. However, research in recent years shows that it is beneficial for the growth of many plants, including important crops such as rice, wheat and […]