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Powerful new weapon against bacterial contamination and infection.
Researchers at McMaster University have created a powerful new weapon against bacterial contamination and infection.
They have developed a way to coax bacteriophages—harmless viruses that eat bacteria—into linking together and forming microscopic beads. Those beads can safely be applied to food and other materials to rid them of harmful pathogens such as E. coli 0157. Each bead is about 20 microns, (one 50th of a millimeter) in diameter and is loaded with millions of phages.
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Intercropping plant covers between olive grove alleys increases carbon sequestration,03:22Compared to conventional practices and bare soil, plant covers generated by intercropping between the alleys of olive groves increase carbon sequestration and reduce soil losses due to erosion.
You and your food05:13The solution to both these problems is simple. Its carbon, the fact that it is in the atmosphere rather than in the soil. The Green Revolution and industrialisation of agriculture have been everything but green.
Why does Africa continue to underperform?08:33Scars remain from nearly all of Africa having been aggressively colonised. Greed mixed with racism to crush long-standing social structures while looting resource wealth. However, many of today’s most dynamic economies are former colonies. Their impressive successes followed colonialism’s uprooting of conventions which were becoming outdated. Perhaps colonialism should be categorised as a particularly ugly phase among a long series of highly disruptive industrial-era advances.
Africa’s raptors on the brink04:02Imagine a world where iconic African raptor species like the secretarybird, Wahlberg’s eagle, African harrier-hawk and brown snake eagle, amongst others, are no longer around – vanished from the landscape. While this may sound like a doomsday prediction, without intervention, this might one day be a reality – especially in the west of the African continent.
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Having more friends may help female giraffes live longer04:12Grown-up giraffes just aren’t huggy, cuddling, demonstrative animals. So it took identity-recognition software grinding through five years of data to reveal that female social life matters to survival. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/johannpretorius/message
Farming and fertilisers07:17Agriculture involves a difficult balance between food production and environmental impact. For example, fertilisers can help to achieve good crop yields, but over-using them produces greenhouse gas emissions andpollution.
𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐩 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬03:34Crop micronutrients refer to essential elements that plants require in small quantities for proper growth, development, and overall health. While plants need these nutrients in smaller amounts compared to macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, they are nonetheless critical for various physiological processes.
AGRI NEWS RUSH - News Headlines of the Week 17th February 202405:54Farming and Agriculture Head lines of the week.