What are fungal diseases in plants?

Fungi are responsible for approximately two-third of the infectious plant diseases. There are many plant diseases caused by fungi, like mildew, smuts, rusts, etc. Fungi belong to a large and diverse group of microorganisms. They are actually cells that consist of a membrane-bound nucleus and are devoid of chlorophyll. They also have rigid cell walls. These fungi have a vegetative body, of which some parts extend into the air and others penetrate the substrate of the organisms that it grows on. Fungi propagate through sexual as well as asexual methods…

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How to increase Passion Fruit Yields

Steps to get high yields from passion fruits Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) is a very profitable crop, but what has stopped many farmers from growing it is the high prevalence of diseases that cause vines to die. So, how do you grow healthy passion fruits? a) Passion fruits can easily be grown from seeds, however, use of vines grafted onto yellow passion fruit rootstock is recommended as they have better disease and nematode resistance. b) Water regularly and ensure good soil fertility by incorporating large amounts of compost, mulching and…

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Where do the best strawberries grow?

Agricultural production benefits enormously from flower-visiting bees and other flower-visiting insects. Because of their supply of flowering plants and opportunities for nesting, hedgerows and the edges of forests represent important habitats for pollinators. A team from the departments of Functional Agrobiodiversity and Agroecology at the University of Göttingen has investigated whether hedgerows and their proximity to forests might have a positive effect on the pollination of strawberries. It was found that both the weight and the quality of strawberries increased when strawberry plants were placed at hedgerows or at hedgerows…

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Diet rich in tomatoes cuts skin cancer in half in mice

Discovery builds on previous evidence of cancer-prevention benefits Source: Ohio State University Summary: Daily tomato consumption appeared to cut the development of skin cancer tumors by half in a mouse study, report investigators. FULL STORY  A new discovery about the benefits of eating tomatoes builds on previous evidence of cancer-prevention benefits. Credit: © Serhiy Shullye / Fotolia  Daily tomato consumption appeared to cut the development of skin cancer tumors by half in a mouse study at The Ohio State University. The new study of how nutritional interventions can alter the…

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Foster tadpoles trigger parental instinct in poison frogs

Poison frogs even transport not there own kin to water pools. Credit: Andrius Pasukonis/Eva Ringler Story Source: Materials provided by Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien. Poison frogs, especially male poison frogs, are very caring parents. After the tadpoles hatch, the males piggyback their offspring to distant pools spread around the rainforest where they can feed and develop. In a recent study, a team of researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna, the University of Vienna and Harvard University show that this parental behaviour can be triggered experimentally. When unrelated tadpoles are placed on the backs…

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