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Wild plants grow in all agricultural fields that reduce crop yields by competing with them for water, light and nutrients. To control them, the most frequent management among producers is based on the use of herbicides. These agrochemicals are most effective when applied at the time weeds barely emerge.

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Researchers from the University of Cambridge's Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) and Department of Plant Sciences have discovered that drought stress triggers the activity of a family of jumping genes (Rider retrotransposons) previously known to contribute to fruit shape and colour in tomatoes.

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An innovative technology would allow to control diseases and pests through endophytic microorganisms in vegetables. The information was released in Chillán, Chile, in a seminar called “Soil health in the production of Frutillas in the Ñuble Region” organized by Corfo, the regional ministerial secretary of Agriculture and INIA Quilamapu.

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One of the biggest risks for the food industry is the intoxication of the population due to the presence of pathogens in their products.

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Over-fertilization of agricultural fields is a huge environmental problem. Excess phosphorus from fertilized cropland frequently finds its way into nearby rivers and lakes.

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The increase of the population and the deterioration of the areas of cultivation, will make controlled agriculture like vertical farms, a solution to provide food in the cities of Latin America, said Gary Stutte, expert in space crops of the Agency of Aeronautics and the US Space (NASA).