Articles tagged with ‘agriculture’

Purslane (Portulaca orelacea) is an herb grown in most regions of the world. Copyright :
19 May 2015
Researchers in Malaysia are exploring the link between antioxidant production in the herb purslane and the salinity of the soil where it grows. Their results suggest that salt-stressed purslane may be a potential source of bioactive compounds for commercial use. Epidemiological studies...
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14 May 2015
Malaysian researchers are developing an ozone treatment to protect papaya and other exotic fruits from diseases and decay during storage and transportation. Postharvest diseases reduce the value and quality of agricultural products, leading to economic losses for growers and producers. This is...
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Image: Universiti Putra Malaysia
2 July 2014
A team of international researchers in Malaysia is developing a portable biosensor to detect and ultimately help prevent the spread of the most devastating disease that infects oil palm trees. The proposed biosensor is designed to identify the fungus Ganoderma boninense, which...
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30 June 2014
Researchers in Singapore have produced lactic and acrylic acids from palm oil waste, mitigating the negative impacts of oil palm plantations on the environment. Oil palm plantations have a controversial history in South-East Asia, not least because of their environmental impact on...
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Scanning electron microscope image of bacteria grown in palm oil mill effluent.
27 June 2014
Malaysian researchers are using palm oil mill effluent to grow bacteria, ultimately transforming the waste product into a food source for fish larvae. In countries that encourage palm oil cultivation, the discharge of palm oil mill effluent (POME) is often a serious...
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Image: University of Nottingham Malaysia
26 June 2014
Malaysian researchers are developing natural products, bio-fungicides and ozone treatments to enhance the storage and shelf life of tropical fruits. In developing countries, disease and decay can inflict huge losses on food that left the field in perfect condition. These losses occur...
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Ek Chen, a village model farmer in the Fish on Farms project, feeding his fish. Bartay/IDRC
26 June 2014
Cambodians in Prey Veng Province are farming fish and improving fruit harvests to battle chronic malnutrition and to increase women’s shares in household incomes. Rice is a staple in the Cambodian diet. Although the country grows enough rice to meet its needs,...
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Thamizhpparithi Maari
25 March 2014
Researchers at the University Teknologi MARA in Malaysia have discovered cotton and palm kernel seeds to be suitable for production of biodiesel.   Using the reactive extraction method, wherein biodiesel is extracted directly from seed particles, researchers found that biodiesel from cotton...
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3 March 2014
Researchers in the Philippines examine how to keep coco water safe and sweet without the pathogens. Coconut liquid endorsperm, or coco water, is known for its nutritional value and therapeutic use. It’s also an ideal breeding ground for harmful microorganisms such as...
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Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) © aaronforest/Flickr
24 July 2013
It’s no secret that traditional crops such as millets and pulses are highly nutritious. Now researchers, working with women in Ethiopia and India are making it easier for them to use these local crops when cooking healthy meals at home and creating...
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