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India′s rice revolution Global development The Observer

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Category: Agriculture

From www.guardian.co.uk

What happened in Darveshpura has divided scientists and is exciting governments and development experts. Tests on the soil show it is particularly rich in silicon but the reason for the "super yields" is entirely down to a method of growing crops called System of Root Intensification (SRI).

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One Per Cent: Wireless network of cows to keep burps under control

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Category: Agriculture

From www.newscientist.com

By dropping electronic devices into the stomachs of cows and networking them together, researchers hope to reduce the climate-warming farts and burps they produce. Emissions from livestock - much of which is methane released when they burp - are a serious component of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Meet Wall-Ye: The French grape-picking robot which can work day and night - and may well put vineyard workers out of a job Mail

Friday, October 5, 2012
Category: Agriculture

From www.dailymail.co.uk

Sales demonstrations are about to begin, and big name French vintners like Bordeaux′s First Growth Chateau Mouton-Rothschild have offered their vineyards as a venue for the 20-kilogramme (44-pound) robot to put on its show.

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Device Sends Message to Swiss Farmer When Cow Is in Heat - NYTimes.com

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Category: Agriculture

From www.nytimes.com

The electronic heat detector is the brainchild of several professors at a technical college in the nearby Swiss capital of Bern. It fills a market gap, they say, because dairy cows, under growing stress to produce larger quantities of milk, are showing fewer and fewer signs of heat.

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GM grass linked to Texas cattle deaths

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Category: Agriculture

From www.cbsnews.com

A mysterious mass death of a herd of cattle has prompted a federal investigation in Central Texas. Preliminary test results are blaming the deaths on the grass the cows were eating when they got sick, reports CBS Station KEYE.

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