Buscando alternativas para los más de 1300 productores de cacao, el Instituto de Investigación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP), adelanta investigaciones en Bocas del Toro con el clon CCN 51 cuyo significado es “Colección Castro Naranjal”, que alcanza rendimientos de 30 quintales por hectárea.
Rapid population and economic growth are destroying biological diversity—especially in the tropics. This was reported by a research team led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in Nature Ecology & Evolution. A growing demand for agricultural products requires new cultivated areas.
Tomato plants emit an aroma to resist the attacks of bacteria. This aroma - or volatile compound - is called hexenyl butyrate (HB) and, as researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) have just demonstrated, it has great potential to protect crops against infections or drought, for example.
Farmers spend a lot of time and money controlling weeds and other pests, and often have to turn to chemical fumigants to keep the most destructive pests at bay. Farmers also wrestle with what to do with low-value byproducts of crop production, such as skin, seeds and hulls from fruit, vegetable and nut processing.