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Green Warriors & Lionheart Agrotech Joint Efforts Pay Off

16th July, 2006. Starting a new project is always a challenge. Beginning from scratch with zero infrastructure and an untrained workforce takes a lot of energy. Building the fences, tracks, gardens and buildings takes time, as all have to be done as a training project to give the workers skills, as they learn on the [...]

By | July 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The cool life as an intern in Lionheart Agrotech

We are proud to welcome our new interns on the team. First lesson is to learn how to plough. Go Green Warriors.......

By | June 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The race to create super-crops

Jonathan Lynch likes to look beneath the surface. In his quest to breed better crops, the plant physiologist spends a lot of time digging up roots to work out what makes some varieties extremely good at extracting nutrients from the ground. Lynch wants to use this knowledge to develop plants with extra-efficient roots — crops [...]

By | May 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Automated farming: good news for food security, bad news for job security?

Around the world, but especially in the developing world, food and farming systems continue to rely on 20th century technology. But this is changing. The same information technologies that brought us the internet and transformations in medicine are now revolutionising farming. It’s a new era for agriculture and it’s taking off in at least two [...]

By | April 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. The sunlight is collected by chlorophyll, the same molecule as used in photosynthesis. Combined with a specific enzyme the energy of sunlight now breaks down plant biomass, with possible uses as chemicals, biofuels or other products, that might otherwise take a long time to produce. By increasing production speed while reducing pollution, the discovery has the potential to revolutionize industrial production. The research results have now been published in Nature Communications.

The petrochemical industry is indispensible for the functioning of society. However, it remains problematic for both environment and climate. Danish researchers based at the University of Copenhagen have now made a breakthrough with the potential to transform the way we use our Earth's natural resources: "This is a game changer, one that could transform the [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Radio rhinos: Scientists tag coconut rhinoceros beetles

Coconut rhinoceros beetles were first discovered on Guam in 2007. Adults kill palms when they bore into crowns to feed on sap. Rhino beetle larvae feed only on dead plant material at breeding sites and they do no damage. In order to eradicate rhino beetles, all breeding sites must be found and destroyed. Four dogs [...]

By | February 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Asian nations get sweet on soda taxes

Some of Asia’s biggest soda-guzzling nations are preparing to impose taxes on fizzy drinks, following similar moves in France, certain US states and Mexico. The $560bn global soda industry has come under attack worldwide as doctors and policymakers fret about the mounting toll — on health as well as government coffers — of obesity and [...]

By | February 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past

When Mark Anson came home with his hair on fire after a seminar on the seemingly soporific topic of soil health, his younger brother, Doug, was skeptical. What had Mark lit up was cover crops: fields of non-cash crops like hairy vetch and cereal rye that act on soil like a nourishing facial after the [...]

By | February 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The coconut (the fruit of the palm Cocos nucifera) is the Swiss Army knife of the plant kingdom; in one neat package it provides a high-calorie food, potable water, fiber that can be spun into rope, and a hard shell that can be turned into charcoal. What’s more, until it is needed for some other purpose it serves as a handy flotation device.

No wonder people from ancient Austronesians to Captain Bligh pitched a few coconuts aboard before setting sail. (The mutiny of the Bounty is supposed to have been triggered by Bligh's harsh punishment of the theft of coconuts from the ship's store.) So extensively is the history of the coconut interwoven with the history of people [...]

By | February 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hybrids in the Coconut Industry Road Map

Hybrids in the Coconut Industry Road Map by Dr. Emil Javier October 24, 2015 ‘There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?’ – Robert Kennedy Even as the Supreme Court deliberates on the injunction against the Executive Orders [...]

By | January 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments