How to Convert Potato Wastes into Ethanol (Researchers Reveals)

According to the Materials provided by Penn State, Researcher Ali Demirci adjusts a bioreactor in which potato waste is being used to produce bioethanol with a novel process that simultaneously employs mold and yeast to convert starch to sugar and sugar to ethanol. Credit: Dimerci Lab With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production…

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Sweet potato Production and Management

How Chloropicrin application increases Production and Profit Potential for Potato Growers

According to the manual Produced by CIP-Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Office (SSA), Nairobi, Sweet potato has the potential to produce remarkably high yields if given the right growing conditions and can also yield more reliably under unfavourable conditions than many other crops, which is why it is so important for household food security in many places in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This topic therefore deals with the environmental factors that can influence sweet potato production which inlcudes: – soil and nutrients, water, light and temperature with their management, and with production practices…

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Selecting and preparing land for sweet potatoes planting

Some of the basic factors to be considered when selecting a a site for sweatpotato farming includes: Altitude: Sweetpotato grows well from sea level upto 1,700m above sea level (m.a.s.l.). Some varieties even grow up to 2,500m.a.s.l. but have poorer taste and lower dry matter. Soils: Sweetpotato can be grown on many types of soil but does best on deep, moderately fertile, sandy loam soils, which produce high quality storage roots with an attractive shape and appearance. Adequate drainage and soil aeration are important, which is one of the reasons…

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When to plant and Planting methods of Sweet Potatoes

Sweetpotatoes are being planted on mounds, ridges or flat beds meanwhile good soil aeration is also required for storage root initiation, growth and higher yields, therefore the height of the mound or ridge to be used is very important. The mounds and ridges to be used must ensure good drainage, making it easier to harvest the mature roots, especially when harvesting is done in a piecemeal fashion as is often the case with sweetpotatoes. Whether mounds or ridges or beds are used, their sizes always varies among locations, usually based…

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33 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are often consumed as a snack. They can be easily found both in traditional market or modern market, even several nutrition’s in sweet potatoes is good for our body, we have to be aware of the risk for our health that might come after we consume sweet potato. Health Benefits of Sweet Potato Preventing Diabetes. The patients of diabetes have such a strict eating pattern. They have to eat good and healthy food and avoid sweet food source. Sweet potatoes can still be consumed by the patients of diabetes because…

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Sowing Guide for Different kind of Crops

 Every crop farmer must be aware of the specie he/she wants to cultivate, the average number of seeds, the quantity for sowing per hectare and the crop density (Number of plants per hectare). This will help the farmer understand what his or her expectations are from the crops to be planted. Below is a comprehensive sowing guide for different types of crops according to their specie, average number of seeds (grams), quantity required for sowing (in kilogram) and the crop density i.e. number of required plants per hectare. Species Average…

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‘Golden’ potato delivers bounty of vitamins A and E

Experimental tuber could cut disease in developing nations, study suggests Golden potatoes, seen at right, are far richer in vitamins A and E, and could help fight disease in developing countries. Credit: Mark Failla An experimental “golden” potato could hold the power to prevent disease and death in developing countries where residents rely heavily upon the starchy food for sustenance, new research suggests. A serving of the yellow-orange lab-engineered potato has the potential to provide as much as 42 percent of a child’s recommended daily intake of vitamin A and…

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