Green Warriors & Lionheart Agrotech Joint Efforts Pay Off

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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, [...]

The cool life as an intern in Lionheart Agrotech

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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

The race to create super-crops

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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

By | April 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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.

By | April 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Radio rhinos: Scientists tag coconut rhinoceros beetles

By | February 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Asian nations get sweet on soda taxes

By | February 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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

By | February 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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: [...]

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.

By | February 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Hybrids in the Coconut Industry Road Map

By | January 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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, [...]