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Whiff of death
Help, the frankincense tree is dying out! This, basically, was the message sent out just before Christmas by Professor Frans Bongers (Forest Ecology and Forest Management). And his...
Energy crops also good for chemical industry
Jatropha is chiefly considered as an energy crop. The oil in its seeds is suitable for biofuel while the leftovers are considered as waste. But these pressed remains consist of pro...
A new potato, faster
Developing a new species of potato is an extraordinarily laborious process. This is due to the potato's complex genome. The potato has 12 types of chromosome, each with four variat...
Botanical names now English and online
As of 1 January this year, new rules are in force for the naming of plant species. For the first time, scientists are now authorized to publish species’ names exclusively online. A...
Success in battle against African ‘killer weed'
Seven to thirty billion dollars. That is the estimated cost of the damage done annually by the Striga weed, also known as witches' weed, in Africa. The seeds of the parasitic plant...
Many potato varieties in Andes
In the course of an expedition in Ecuador, Alvaro Altaminaro was able to collect 174 local varieties of potato. The genetic diversity of the potato in this part of the Andes is gre...
Three million more for Giller's Africa project
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation will give 2 million dollars to the N2Africa project of Wageningen professor Ken Giller, which aims to improve soil fertility and food production in...
Biological control of peanut stem rot
PhD candidate Cuong Nhu Le has a solution for peanut farmers in Vietnam who are plagued by stem rot. The soil-borne fungus which causes this can be treated successfully with severa...
Tomatoes will soon be resistant to whitefly
In two years' time, tomatoes will be resistant to whitefly, a persistent louse that also damages other vegetables. That is thanks to PhD student Syarifin Firdaus, who discovered tw...
Useful chemical from organic waste
Chemicals can be manufactured from certain amino acids in organic waste. And it is both technically and economically viable, concludes Tijs Lammens.