Archive for category Plantae

Searching for Slovenian roots – Bill 3

Slovenian emigrants in United States immigration records About 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors in records of Ellis Island federal immigration station, which served for more than 60 years as the main entry point (1892 – 1954). Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station […]

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Smart Farmer Project

See on Scoop.it – Food Policy News The SmartFarmer project “Improving skills for Smartfarming as an innovative tool for rural development and economic growth” aims to create and develop a training programme, a long term superfood electronic platform and a guide book. The purpose of these outputs is to enhance the dissemination and transfer of […]

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Epidemic olive decline caused by bacterium Xylella fastidiosa

See on Scoop.it – Almanac Pests Knapco‘s insight: As reported by group of specialists from Bari, “Quick decline syndrome of olive” appeared suddenly a couple of years ago in the vicinity of  Gallipoli,  in the province of Lecce (Salento peninsula, Apulia, south-east Italy).  It soon exploded in epidemic form,  so as to affect an  estimated […]

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NY Times: Citrus Greening: A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA (2013)

See on Scoop.it – Plant health CLEWISTON, Fla. — The call Ricke Kress and every other citrus grower in Florida dreaded came while he was driving. “It’s here” was all his grove manager needed to say to force him over to the side of the road. The disease that sours oranges and leaves them half […]

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EU Smarter Rules for Safer Food – the Animal & Plant Health Package

See on Scoop.it – Environmental policy The European Commission has adopted on Monday 6 May 2013 a package of measures to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain. The package of measures provide a modernised and simplified, more risked-based approach to the protection of health and more efficient control […]

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Sustainabilty

“A model of sustainable development appears to be a globally acceptable developmental alternative, treating the world economy as merely one of the planetary ecosystem components. The Slovene economy will also have to adjust to the limits of the environment since it is excessively wasting raw materials.” By D. Plut (in ENVIRONMENTAL GLOBALIZATION, WORLD ECONOMY AND […]

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1953 discovery of DNA structure

The use of DNA in genealogy has advanced to a point where great strides have been made in the use of autosomal DNA to determine relationships across family lines. SpittalStreet.com remembered the important anniversary of 1953 discovery of double-helix structure of DNA. The exploration of DNA is dated back in 1868, when a young Swiss physician Friedrich […]

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Our Global Footprint

Generating a global debt: We are spending more than what nature can renew! One picture can tell you much more than hundreds of words. ESRI is showing, how stories could be told with maps. I like this one on Earth’s bounty. Global Footprint Network investigates how much credit we have at the Earth. Available biocapacity or Earth’s bounty is like a […]

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New EPPO Pest Alert

Photo: Evgeni Akulov, Russian Federation New addition to the EPPO Alert list: Sakhalin-fir bark beetle Polygraphus proximus (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) Sakhalin-fir bark beetle may represent a major threat to European and Siberian fir species (Abies spp.). The bark beetle has been introduced from the Far East of Russia into the Western part of Siberia and European Russia. Currently, the pest […]

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Plant Disease caused famine in 1845

Potato and Tomato Late Blight is caused by fungi Phytophthora infestans. The disease caused one of the proportionally largest historical famines – the Great Famine in Ireland. It began in 1845 because of this potato disease, which is still today very harmful to their plant hosts. In the Plant disease journal an overview of pathology and plant […]

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EUROPA – Against dangerous organisms

European Commission – Plant health: EU steps up assistance to help fight dangerous organisms. In November 2011 the European Union earmarked 19 million euros to co-finance programmes in seven Member States aiming to combat organisms harmful to plants and to prevent them from spreading further in the Union and thus from having sever consequences on the […]

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Europe’s health and food safety

“Europe’s pesticide and food safety regulators – Who do they work for?” Claire Robinson asked this question based on report published by Earth Open Source in April 2011: “The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is charged with giving scientific advice to the regulators of pesticides, genetically modified (GM) foods, and food contaminants and additives, in […]

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2012 Annual Letter From Bill Gates

Read Bill Gates’ 2012 Annual Letter update on the Gates Foundation’s work in health, poverty, and education. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: “Nous sommes en mesure d’aider les cultivateurs les plus pauvres à augmenter durablement leur productivité, afin qu’ils puissent se nourrir et nourrir leurs familles. Mais cela ne sera possible que si nous mettons l’accent sur l’innovation dans le monde agricole.” “Pomagajmo najbolj revnim […]

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