Category: Crops

David C Johnson, PhD
January 19, 2020January 19, 2020
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David C Johnson, PhD

Exciting, ground-breaking research in New Mexico by molecular biologist David C. Johnson is adding “biofuel” to arguments that better soil can be a big part of the solution to global climate change!

Liz Carlisle, PhD
January 19, 2020January 19, 2020
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Liz Carlisle, PhD

Carlisle, also a native of Montana, earned a Ph.D. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University.

Bob Quinn, PhD
January 19, 2020January 19, 2020
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Bob Quinn, PhD

A native of Big Sandy, Montana, Dr. Bob Quinn was raised on a conventional family farm started by his grandfather in 1920.

Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe – EHN
January 16, 2019January 16, 2019
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Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe – EHN

Dear NOFA-NJ Readers: On November 27, 2018, Environmental Health News published “Chemicals on our food: When ‘safe’ may not really be safe”, by our 2019 Winter Conference keynote speaker, Carey Gillam. This article pulls together, in one place, links to other resources and information about the dangers of pesticides in our food system. Through her investigative...

Managing Garden Pests
November 1, 2018November 1, 2018
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Managing Garden Pests

A challenge to all backyard gardeners, managing pest populations helps to ensure a healthy ecosystem and productive yields. There are a number of different ways to manage garden pests without using pesticides. Implement IPM strategies such as identification, monitoring, and intervention.  Always inspect your plants to correctly identify the pest. Monitor vulnerable areas for pests...

Working lands protect biodiversity
October 23, 2018November 20, 2018
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Working lands protect biodiversity

A new paper published in Science by University of California, Berkeley conservation biologists focuses on bio-diversification of forest, farmlands, and ranch lands to combat climate change. The research paper explores how simple diversification provides habitat for a variety of beneficial wildlife including bats, birds, and mammals. Incorporating natural flora into working lands makes the landscape more...

Sequencing of Wheat Genome Complete
August 21, 2018August 21, 2018
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Sequencing of Wheat Genome Complete

It took 200 scientists from 20 countries and $75 million dollars, over 13 years to sequence the genome of bread wheat. The wheat genome was complicated to sequence since genetically it is three species in one. This means that there are three pairs of every chromosome, totaling 16 billion genetic letters or nucleotides. Scientists have...

How rising CO2 levels can affect plants
July 19, 2018July 19, 2018
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How rising CO2 levels can affect plants

A recent article published by the NY Times, “How More Carbon Dioxide Can Make Food Less Nutritious” explores how rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere affect the nutritional content of cash crops. Dr. Ziska of the USDA co-authored the study looking into quality rather than quantity of our food supply.  He and his colleagues...

July is blueberry month
July 11, 2018January 7, 2020
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July is blueberry month

The humble blueberry is a delicious and nutrition addition to almost anything and is native to NJ. NJ’s crop of blueberries is the fifth largest in the nation with most of the production taking place in the Pineland region, where sandy, acidic soils prevail. Among  commercially produced varieties of blueberries, several heirloom descendants are still...