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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A Step by Step Guide on How to Grow Strawberries

Strawberries are not commonly grown in Nigeria or some nearby countries not because its not popular but solely due to the fact that many farmers don’t know how to grow it or where to get the faster growing propagation materials like the seedlings and splits. Strawberries is cultivated worldwide for its fruit. The fruit is widely appreciated for its unique characteristics ranging from the aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in such prepared foods as preserves, juice, pies, ice…

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How to Grow Passion Fruits and make Fortune from it

Passion fruits is one of the most expensive and not common fruit on market. Its highly nutritious and mainly produced for juice processing. Passion fruits are heavy feeders and sensitive to water logging therefore require deep, well drained fertile soils. It grows best at PH 5.5-7. Needs more of Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium plus organic matter. (Its prudent that you test the soil to be sure about the availability of these nutrients and know what to add) Land PreparationPassion fruits need to be planted in an open place…

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Top 13 Lucrative Agricultural Businesses for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

There are several business opportunities available in the agricultural industry and one good thing about the industry is that there is market for all the produce which the industry produce. On our previous article, we discussed about the Top 50 Agriculture Business Ideas for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Meanwhile on this new article, I decided to narrow the whole 50 Agriculture business ideas down to the Top 13 to enable you make a faster choice if you are finding it a little bit difficult to make the perfect decision. Over the years,…

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Top 50 Agriculture Business Ideas for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The demand for agricultural products both in Nigeria and the world at large will always be on the high side because food is one of the basic needs of man. Therefore as an entrepreneur, you can key into this demand and set up an agro business thereby creating enormous wealth for yourself. There are many reasons every young aspiring entrepreneur should look into agriculture as endless opportunities are found on agriculture and more people are starting to realize that, especially young people. This article is a highlight of agricultural business…

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Fish recognize their prey by electric colors

Electro-location by weakly electric fish shows astonishing similarities to vision The elephantnose fish produces brief electric pulses which it uses to perceive its environment. Different objects have different ‘electrical colors’. In this artistic illustration, aquatic plants are for instance shown red, fish blue, members of the same species and other weakly electric fish yellow and insect larvae green. The mosquito larvae in the soil (orange) the favorite food of the elephantnose fish stand out from the background and other insect larvae due to their individual electric color. Credit: Copyright Martin…

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How plants evolved to make ants their servants

Plants are boring. They just sit there photosynthesizing while animals have all the fun. Right? Not so much. Take a look at the interactions between ants and plants have evolved features specifically to make them enticing to ants, like juicy nectar for the insects to eat and hollow thorns for them to take shelter in. In exchange, plants use ants to spread their seeds and even act as bodyguards. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences breaks down the genetic history of 1,700 species of…

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Discovery: Rare three-species hybrid warbler

Scientists have shown that a bird found in Pennsylvania is the offspring of a hybrid warbler mother and a warbler father from an entirely different genus a combination never recorded before now and which resulted in a three-species hybrid bird. This finding has just been published in the journal Biology Letters. “It’s extremely rare,” explains lead author and Cornell Lab of Ornithology postdoctoral associate David Toews. “The female is a Golden-winged/Blue-winged Warbler hybrid also called a Brewster’s Warbler. She then mated with a Chestnut-sided Warbler and successfully reproduced.” A dedicated…

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