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Pilot agricultural study terminology

What is the technical word for a single crop field trial which divided into different treatments? I have examined Field trial manual Principles, planning and Implementation of Agricultural Field ...
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High value weed or plant that can replace the chemical treatment of pesticides and herbicides?

I'm working on a project that aims to replace (at least lower) the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides in farming with the use of high value weeds and plants that can naturally replace the ...
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optimal spatial arrangement (distribution) of plants

Microalgae are organisms that can grow in aquatic environments and use light and carbon dioxide (CO2) to create biomass. Research showed that Microalgae's biomass can be used as a bio-fertilizer. My ...
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Database or model for plant nutrient requirements with respect to soil and climate?

Microalgae are organisms that can grow in aquatic environments and use light and carbon dioxide (CO2) to create biomass. Research showed that Microalgae biomass can be used as a bio-fertilizer. My ...
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Preservation of citrus fruit

A decade ago [1] the possibility of using Cas9 systems to impart desirable properties to oranges seemed within reach [1]. Antifungals like Imazalil can increase shelf life of citrus but are known to ...
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Minimum growing conditions of a given plant

Micro-algae are organisms that can grow in aquatic environments and use light and carbon dioxide (CO2) to create biomass. Researches showed that Micro-algae biomass can be used as bio-fertilizer. My ...
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Is somatic fusion/hybridization off-limits to DIY-ers? ELSE: how can an infertile plant's characteristics be salvaged to a fertile one?

I was amazed to discover plant tissue culture could be performed relatively easily at home. I have been wondering, what's the likelihood of a DIY-er being able to setup and learn a crude and basic lab ...
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Can bottlenecked potato immunity defence be increased with knockouts?

I read in a Swedish newspaper advertisement some years ago that genetic intervention had been used to knock out part of the plant immunity defence. This advertisement was paid for by starch producer ...
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Saving a Maize Landrace from Inbreeding Depression

I have 10 seeds of a rare corn landrace. I probably won't be able to acquire more and the cultigen's long term fate is unknown. So, I want to do my best to preserve it for future generations. Corn is ...
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Is there species of mushrooms that grow in the wild in Mediterranean environment?

I'm looking for species of mushrooms which can grow wild (or with minimal human intervention) in Mediterranean environment (which is characterized by dry summers and mild, wet winters.), specifically ...
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Hybrid corn yield vs mass-selected corn

I am a social scientist and I was reading "The political economy of hybrid corn" by Jean-Pierre Berlan and Richard Lewontin. https://go.gale.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA4325182&sid=...
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Why does wheat consume more water than rice that is, unlike wheat, flooded?

Why does wheat consume more water than rice that is, unlike wheat, flooded? I thought rice was the villain of the piece when it comes to water consumption.
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What is the current accepted taxonomy of the Citrus genus, and how do common cultivated fruits fit into it?

I want to learn about the taxonomy of Citrus, and how cultivated fruits fit into it. I know that the history of cultivated citrus fruits is full of hybridisation and that the taxonomic classifications ...
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Can Monsanto's (in)famous hybrid seed crops be cloned/grafted? If not, is there a technical or legal reason?

I understand that the seeds of a crop made from modern-day super hybrids will not, usually, produce the same quality plants in the next generation. Therefore, farmers have to buy new hybrid seeds each ...
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Does cell culturing contribute to dangerous antibiotic resistance to the same degree as livestock?

According to the CDC, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. The largest incubator for antibiotic resistance is the factory farming of animals where ...
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Do spring varietes of cereals have a process of vernalization?

I was wondering about this question - Do spring varieties of cereals have some process of vernalization? It would be nice to have some description of the main processes' differences of spring and ...
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Plants with nutritional requirements similar to Cannabis

What are some short plants that preferably could be grown indoor which have similar nutritional requirements (in terms of N-P-K ratio, doses etc.) as Cannabis? The purpose of this is testing a mineral ...
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What kind of parasite is this?

I found this strange disease on the leaves of a pear tree. I don't know the tree's species but I found it in South Turkey, 150 km from the Mediterranean. What causes this disease?
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Optimal agriculture: maximum yield with minimum environmental impact

I read more and more stuff about alternative method of agriculture such as permaculture. Howerver, I'm not an ecologist or biologist so I don't know where to look for really good and serious articles /...
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Are sizes of potatoes normally distributed?

I'm currently researching the variability of sizes of potatoes when all of the potatoes in question have been harvested from a single field. One question keeps coming up in my statistical analyses: ...
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Did the old world have relatives of plants which were brought after the discovery of Americas?

When the Americas were discovered many plants were brought back to Europe. For example: potato, tomato, strawberries, chilies etc. At the same time many animals were brought to the Americas including: ...
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Can we graft a tree with cells from the seed directly?

Are there any limitation to the grafting so we could only graft a branch to another tree? Could we just use cell from the seed, or just a sprout, to graft onto the tree of the same species?
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Why does Porous-tube Nutrient Delivery System cultivation improve nutritional quality of Okinawa spinach (Gyruna bicolor)?

I wrote a review paper and it involves in growth system of a plant “Okinawa Spinach (Gynura bicolor)”. A research of (Wang, Fu, & Liu, 2015) reported that Porous-tube Nutrient Delivery System (...
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Would this mushroom make the basil dangerous to eat? [closed]

My sister is growing basil in a planter on her balcony. Recently this big mushroom started growing there. Obviously we're not going to take a bite of the mushroom, but would its existence make the ...
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Why doesn't the soil get depleted after repeated clearing of vegetation?

In my neighborhood, there is a hillside owned and maintained by the local municipality. The hillside is generally overgrown with vegetation. Work crews clear out the vegetation multiple times ...
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Chemical inhibition of fertilization in plants

Are there any chemical compounds that inhibit fertilization in plants after gametogenesis? Simply put, I am talking about spermicide or emergency contraception for plants. Specifically, I am ...
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Where to find data on different crops

Hello I'm not sure if this is the proper place for this question. If not, I am happy to move it. I'm trying to find a source of data on different crops, is there some governmental database that ...
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Is there a practical upper limit to ploidy?

In my AP Biology class, we were discussing polyploidy, specifically, its deleterious nature in mammals and its prevalence in plants. We also learned that commercial crops, especially fruit, are often ...
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growth stages of Maize

I am reading about growth stages in Maize and found this image. I downloaded a brochure of a maize variety grown in Brazil. On the right column, it says male flowering 63 days after planting (947 ...
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Cultivate snails and maintaining them alive

I found snails in my garden, I want to create a good house for them. I don't really know how to do. Sorry if this is not the good site to ask that but I don't want them to die so I'm trying to be ...
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What is a good approximate functional form for an equation relating plant growth to sunlight?

Question is in the title. I've got daily measurements of daily mean shortwave radiation at the surface, and annual measurements of plant growth (some measure, be it height or biomass or something). ...
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Is it possible to extract tissue-culture material from a seed?

Here is the problem: Tissue culture is cloning, and all plants from the same mother plant are identical. On the other hand, plants grown from seed are all different. If parent plants are genetically ...
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Should corn be considered an invasive species in the Midwest?

Per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) an invasive species is defined as: non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration whose introduction causes or is likely to ...
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Are agave plants perennial?

If I were to harvest an agave plant for its nectar, would it kill the plant? I have watched videos of the process and it seems quite invasive.
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Is it possible to produce bread using only microorganisms?

I am wondering if it is theoretically possible to produce bread using only microorganisms. If one lists all the chemical components, proteins fermentation time, etc., is it then doable to combine the ...
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Why people don't harvest Locusts when infestation happeds?

We've heard about tremendous amount of money losses even leading to famine due to crop destruction from locust infestation over and over again, but all these grasshoppers are a valuable protein, ...
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Potato Power. Self sustaining medium using a living potato plant possible?

The second picture are potatoes wired in parallel. I understand that the potato is the medium for a chemical reaction between the copper and zinc. That aside, would wire and in soil potato plant ...
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Pest on fenugreek

I need help identifying this pest on a fenugreek leaf. It is very common Maharashtra and Karnataka (India), and probably other states as well. Some of the leaves in the fenugreek bunches bought in the ...
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Mutate from non-GM to GM?

Would non-GM crops such as Grains, Fruits, & Vegitables retain their non-GM make up if they were to be re-planted in soils that have been made entirely of composted GM plants and GM plant matter? ...
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What impact do genetic engineering techniques have on seed breeders?

In research of seed breeding, I'm trying to understand the impact of genetic engineering techniques like CRISPR (This is the main one as I understand) on traditional seed breeders. Through searching ...
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How many kg of seed can one expect from 230 kg of cotton fiber?

So I'm working with data from recent cotton harvest from a seed company. They're more interested in cotton seed than the fiber itself. I'm trying to come up with seed yield numbers for an array of ...
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Impact of latitude on agriculture?

I live in southern California, where the difference between seasons is mild, and the dominant limitation on agriculture is the lack of water. (Spring is whenever it rains, not a place on the calendar.)...
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Do organic veggies contain more pesticides than regular food?

Since organic farms can only use "natural" organic approved pesticides rather than frequently more effective "synthetic" pesticides in use by other farms, does it mean that, on average per kg of ...
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What made *silphium* difficult to domesticate?

I tried this question at Worldbuilding SE, and was told that perhaps this place would give me a better chance at an answer. So, leaving aside the worldbuilding aspects of the issue, I am interested in ...
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Why haven't modern grass based crops overrun wild grasses?

Modern grass based crops are significantly superior to wild grasses, they grow faster, are stronger stemmed, have larger leaves and higher seed yields in terms of individual seed size, giving ...
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Why is it common to grow microalgae in bottles or canisters?

I came across many people growing Chlorella or Spirulina types of microalgae, inside bottles or canisters and that that they also bubbled CO2 into these containers artificially. This question is ...
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Can you grow more Biomass in a brickhouse only powered by solar cells than in a greenhouse? Will we ever be able to?

So I asked following question some physicists but they couldn't really help me though: Right now I read that 1m² of solar cells generates roughly 100Watts of energy. There are really efficient ...
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Pepper plant leaf curl and "sweating"

The "sweating" and leaf curl have been going on for about a week. I've done some extensive googling and have found mixed diagnoses. For context, the ambient temperature is 74°, I'm using 6,500 K lamps ...
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Experimental Analysis: What are possible reasons for this increase in N₂O production?

My professor wanted us to each conduct an experiment for class on something we thought would interesting. My experiment was very simple, but I'm not sure how to interpret my results. (Please note that ...
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How does inbreeding depression cause infertility?

My textbook states that repetitive self-pollination in the plants cause inbreeding depression which causes infertility thus plants develop techniques called outbreeding devices to encourage ...
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