Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
24/7 Farm  News Coverage
October 10, 2015
Wild plants call to carnivores to get rid of pests - could crops do the same
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 08, 2015
Rose gardeners have a lot to say about aphids. Some may advise insecticides as a way to manage an infestation, but others will swear by live ladybugs (natural predators of aphids). The latter is more environmental friendly, and once the ladybugs run out of food to eat, they move on. While this strategy may work in someone's backyard, it's not an option on a large farm. In an October 4 Trends in Plant Science Opinion paper, agricultural researchers in Sweden and Mexico argue that one way around the ... read more
Previous Issues Oct 09 Oct 08 Oct 07 Oct 06 Oct 05

Scientists warn El Nino coral damage could be worst ever
Scientists Thursday warned the world faced mass global coral bleaching next year driven by the warming effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon, and it could be the worst on record. ... more

Climate-linked insurance a boon for poor farmers
Poor farmers the world over are increasingly falling prey to natural disasters, droughts and torrential rain largely due to climate change. But there is some good news as well. ... more

Plant pest reprograms the roots
Microscopic roundworms (nematodes) live like maggots in bacon: They penetrate into the roots of beets, potatoes or soybeans and feed on plant cells, which are full of energy. But how they do it prec ... more


Tillage timing influences nitrogen availability and loss on organic farms
In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver ... more


The 'water mafias' that suck Karachi dry
The moment they saw the city water tanker stop in their neighbourhood, Mohammed and Nayla rushed towards it. That day, the water was free - a rare event in Karachi, where organised gangs siphon it off to sell to thirsty residents. ... more
Training Space Professionals Since 1970

Make SMRs a commercial reality Turn key solar systems for domestic and commercial installations
Solar systems for home and business installations
Subscribe free to our newsletters via your


7.5 million going hungry as Ethiopia crisis worsens
The number of hungry Ethiopians needing food aid has risen sharply due to poor rains and the El Nino weather phenomenon with around 7.5 million people now in need, aid officials said Friday. ... more

Root microbiome engineering improves plant growth
Humans have been breeding crops until they're bigger and more nutritious since the early days of agriculture, but genetic manipulation isn't the only way to give plants a boost. In a review pa ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Canadian firm opens facility to pull carbon from air

Dirt-cheap catalyst may lower fuel costs for hydrogen-powered cars

Researchers create inside-out plants to watch how cellulose forms

Disney uses augmented reality to turn coloring books into 3-D experience

Could candle soot power electric vehicles

Adwen and IWES sign agreement for the testing of 8MW turbine

Back to the future: Science fiction turns science fact


Plants with jobs
Two University of Toronto Scarborough scientists have developed a new research framework for the agricultural sector that offers evidence-based understanding of the relationship between short-term y ... more

ASU study finds weather extremes harmful to grasslands
Fluctuations in extreme weather events, such as heavy rains and droughts, are affecting ecosystems in unexpected ways - creating "winners and losers" among plant species that humans depend upon for ... more

Africa could be the answer to delaying peak grain
Agricultural yields could more than triple in a number of African countries, suggesting that tremendous improvements in food security are possible, according to new findings by the Global Yield Gap ... more
Nuclear Operations and Maintenance Efficiency Summit USA 2015

Bumblebees' adaptation to climate change could hasten population decline
Rising temperatures in alpine habitats worldwide have resulted in declines in flowering among indigenous plants and contributed to dramatic declines in populations of several bumblebee species preva ... more

The origin and spread of 'Emperor's rice'
Black rice has a rich cultural history; called "Forbidden" or "Emperor's" rice, it was reserved for the Emperor in ancient China and used as a tribute food. In the time since, it remained popular in ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
N. Korea ready for 'any' US war, leader tells anniversary parade

N. Korean capital kicks off military extravaganza

Satellite images show scale of planned N. Korea parade

Russia running short on reserve funds

China vows to continue building on disputed islands, reefs

Russian missiles aimed at Syria crashed in Iran: US official

Poland seeks missiles for its MiG-29 fighters


Chinese court charges 10 mired in OSI meat scandal
Chinese authorities have charged 10 people over "selling inferior products" in the wake of a food scandal that erupted last year at a unit of US food supplier OSI Group, which saw expired meat sold to global fast food chains. ... more

15 EU nations opt to stay GMO-free
Fifteen of the 28 EU member nations are seeking to keep genetically modified organisms out of all or part of their territory, as the deadline for opting out of new European legislation on GMO crops nears, the bloc's executive arm said Thursday. ... more

Study shows insect diversity decreases in gardens with non-native plants
Not only do native plants do a better job of hosting and supporting local insect communities than their non-native counterparts, but a University of Delaware study shows that non-native plants are c ... more

Malaysia again shuts schools as Indonesian smoke thickens
Thick white smoke from Indonesian slash-and-burn farming enveloped Malaysia's capital and other areas Sunday, triggering school closures for the following day as weeks of choking haze showed no sign of abating. ... more

On menu for world leaders - trash, and a message
World leaders accustomed to fine dining had a surprise on their plates Sunday at the United Nations - trash. ... more
Training Space Professionals Since 1970

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison & Memory Foam Mattress Review
Military Space News
Environment News
Energy News
Mars News
Subscribe free to our newsletters via your


Secret unlocked to rice seed survival when underwater
A team of scientists from the University of California, Riverside and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Philippines, recently published a study unlocking the secret to just how r ... more

Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon
In the days before light bulbs, farmers relied on moonlight to help them harvest their crops. Many crops ripen all at once in late summer and early autumn so farmers found themselves extremely busy ... more
Space News from
NASA outlines obstacles to putting a human on Mars

Astronaut brains as beacons for researchers

Exoplanet Anniversary: From Zero to Thousands in 20 Years

Dream Chaser preps for 2nd free-flight test and first orbital test

ASU business professor helps astronauts stay on task

LISA Pathfinder takes a major step closer to launch

ISRO looking to extend GPS services to SAARC countries


Scientists develop rice variety with high folate stability


CentrAm coffee growers struggle to adapt to climate change


Bordeaux winegrowers hail 'magnificent' harvest


Rare Champagne grapes flourish with global warming


Villagers in Zimbabwe skip meals to save scant food


Harvesting clues to GMO dilemmas from China's soybean fields


A new analysis and approach to watershed management


New Nepal constitution leaves revolution 'unfinished'


Cattle disease spread by vets, not cows


Variety the spice of life for Mumbai's tiffin carriers

UK food recycling cafes go global in fight against waste

The world's nitrogen fixation, explained

El Nino and La Nina will exacerbate coastal hazards across entire Pacific

Activist against palm oil shot dead in Guatemala

Horse owners can battle flies with wasps, not pesticides

The structural memory of water persists on a picosecond timescale

East Ukraine faces winter water shortage threat

Fearless fowl grow and lay better

Hunter-gatherers were enjoying oatmeal 30,000 years ago

The saying 'It never rains but it pours' is truer than ever in Scotland

Land degradation costs trillions of dollars

Scientists learn how to predict plant size

Study of US farm data shows loss of crop diversity

A turn-key solar irrigation solution for farmers

French winemakers hunt for climate change-resistant grape

Pay farmers to help the environment, but perverse subsidies not

Study reveals need for better understanding of water use

Global warming to pick up in 2015, 2016: experts

Last chance for oasis in China's desert

What's behind million-dollar oil palm failures

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Buy Advertising Media Advertising Kit Editorial & Other Enquiries Privacy statement
The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.