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Sewage sludge leads to biofuels breakthrough
April 06, 2018
Researchers have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tons per year.

Scoping out soybean disease in Ontario
April 06, 2018
Know the enemy. That’s the goal of a project now underway in Ontario. In this case, the enemy is soybean disease.

Cover cropping to capture nitrogen
April 06, 2018
Red clover, alfalfa increase N and minimize leaching in the fall.

More accurate estimates of methane emissions from dairy cattle developed
April 06, 2018
An international consortium of researchers devised more accurate models to estimate the amount of the potent greenhouse gas produced by dairy cattle. The large scope of the project resulted in previously unreachable conclusions.

Smart Farm Equipment Helps Feed the World
April 06, 2018
Using AI and robotics, smart farm equipment will help farmers produce 70 percent more food by 2050 — to feed an ever-increasing world population.

Researchers Created Genetically Modified Plants To Resist Drought
April 06, 2018
A team of researchers found that a simple genetic modification of a protein can produce a plant that needs 25% less water to develop in the same way as in normal conditions.

How indoor farming and 'metagenomics' could change how we grow vegetables
April 06, 2018
The potential of microbiome management in hydroponic systems for enhancing health, productivity and quality of indoor farming crops.

Limiting seed treatment chemical escapes
April 06, 2018
A seed treatment is a vital and effective product, so long as it stays on the seeds where it can do its work. When it is released into the surrounding environment, however, it can cause significant political and environmental concern.

US Agriculture Secretary Issues USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation
April 06, 2018
The statement says that USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques as long as they are not plant pests or developed using plant pests.

GMOs vs. gene editing: what’s the difference, and why does it matter?
April 09, 2018
The creation of GMOs involves inserting genes from other species into DNA. Gene editing, on the other hand, allows scientists to alter the DNA of an organism.

Beyond ‘the next Silicon Valley’: Why many kinds of economic superclusters matter
April 09, 2018
Too many regional development initiatives try – and often fail – to be “the next Silicon Valley.” Rather than having all regions chasing after the same “next big thing,” research shows that clusters prosper by building on existing advantages.

Supporting Ontario’s agri-food sector through CAP
April 09, 2018
Producers and agribusinesses can now apply for cost-share funding assistance through the OSCIA until May 8.

A vaccine for edible plants? A new plant protection method on the horizon
April 09, 2018
Novel technologies are being sought to replace traditional pesticides, particularly for edible plants. A new project is shedding light on the efficacy of environmentally friendly RNA-based vaccines that protect plants from diseases and pests.

Portugal generated 100% of its energy from renewable sources in March
April 09, 2018
The average renewable generation for the month exceeded 103% of consumption, beating out the last record (99.2%), set in 2014.

How U.S./China trade tensions can impact Canadian agriculture
April 09, 2018
Current trade tensions between the two largest single-country economies will reverberate globally, and perhaps long-term.

CFIA now says Non-GMO Project Verified doesn’t mean non-GMO
April 09, 2018
The regulatory enforcement change came last year, after complaints poured in regarding products that featured the Non-GMO Project Verified label, but didn’t meet the Canadian definition of a genetically modified organism (GMO).

Microplastics may enter freshwater and soil via compost
April 09, 2018
A new study traces the contamination of fertilizer back to household and supermarket waste

Harnessing regenerative food production to fight climate change
April 16, 2018
Regenerative agriculture is increasingly on the food sector agenda. The idea that food production can be used to sequester carbon to tackle climate change is compelling. But are regenerative practices at odds with industrial farming methods?

Enabling Digital Agriculture on a National Scale
April 16, 2018
Australia has been a world-leading player in the development and use of advanced agricultural technologies such as precision agriculture.

Greener and cheaper technique for biofuel production
April 16, 2018
Natural bacterium isolated from mushroom crop residue converts plant-based material to butanol directly.

Removing the brakes on plant oil production
April 16, 2018
Scientists studying plant biochemistry have discovered new details about biomolecules that put the brakes on oil production. The findings suggest that disabling these brakes could push oil production into high gear.

Wheat research discovery yields genetic secrets that could shape future crops
April 16, 2018
A new study has isolated a gene controlling shape and size of spikelets in wheat in a breakthrough which could help breeders deliver yield increases in one of the world's most important crops.

Insect protein from poultry waste
April 16, 2018
The Russian company ZooProtein has developed a closed system, where maggots feed themselves on waste, before being harvested and dried as a protein source themselves.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute find "red mud" key to bio-oil production from food waste
April 16, 2018
Researchers have determined that 'red mud' a waste product of aluminum refining, boosts energy recovery from food waste to 80% from the average 25% recovery using hydrothermal liquefaction.

Soya flour offers bakers the protein boost to capitalize on growing trend
April 16, 2018
Soya beans are high in protein and naturally gluten-free, ground into a fortified flour that is increasingly becoming popular among producers of bakery goods and snacks.

Foodborne illness caused by common agricultural practice, casts doubts on biocidal product labeling
April 23, 2018
Chlorine, commonly used to decontaminate fresh produce, can make foodborne pathogens undetectable, according to new research. The study may help explain outbreaks of Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes in recent years.

New agricultural water pump program
April 23, 2018
AgriPump Rebate Program is the first of its kind in Ontario and is ideal for all farming applications, including vineyards.

New, environmentally friendly bioplastic in development at AAFC
April 23, 2018
The bioplastic is made from by-products created by industrial processing of certain plants. Not only will this bioplastic protect perishable food better than regular plastic packaging, it is also more environmentally-friendly and sustainable.

Anyone can be an innovator, research finds
April 23, 2018
Innovators aren't born, but they can be made, a recent study suggests. Researchers created a contest designed to answer the question: Are persuaded innovators less capable than those who naturally gravitate to innovative activities?

Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme
April 23, 2018
Scientists have tweaked a natural enzyme produced by the Ideonella sakaiensis bacteria, which has evolved to eat plastic waste, in hopes that the enzyme, called PETase, can improve the recycling process.

Rising CO2 levels might not affect plants as we thought
April 23, 2018
Two major groups of plants have shown a surprising reversal of fortunes in the face of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Can dirt save the earth?
April 23, 2018
Agriculture could pull carbon out the air and into the soil – but it would mean a whole new way of thinking about how to tend the land.

Repurposing wine leftover: waste from grapes found to have many uses
April 23, 2018
Researchers discovered that wine leftovers – seeds, stalks, and skins – can be used as natural food preservatives as well as ingredients in cosmetic products.