Dangerous corn ear rots: Fusarium

Corn is a host plant for a relatively large number of pathogens, over 50, which invade all organs of the plant from the time of germination to harvest, and infections on grains and corn ears often continue during harvest preservation. Pathogens contribute to the degradation and quantitative and qualitative decrease of production on average by… Read More »

Chinese government wants to import more GMO crops amid controversy

Chinese authorities planned to organize a national survey recently to find out to what extent the public would accept genetically modified food. China is the world’s fourth largest producer of GMO cotton and a top soy importer, most of which is genetically modified and used to produce cooking oil or as feed for pigs and… Read More »

Top 10 plants used in the beauty industry and their advantages

The use of cosmetics dates back 12,000 years ago, when the beneficial properties of essential oils were discovered in ancient Egypt. Since then, cosmetics have been integrated as an important part of religious rituals. Initially reserved only to the upper classes of society, being a sign of welfare, cosmetics were used by both women and… Read More »

The importance of ecological farming

Ecological farming, also called organic or biological, is based on the premise that the crops take advantage of natural resources to, for example, fight pests, maintain or increase soil fertility, etc., without resorting to synthetic chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, and without using any organisms that have been genetically modified. This way, more natural,… Read More »

Making money with goji berries

  Centuries ago, many legends have been created around the shrub that produces “red diamonds”. First written records about the goji berries are supposed to date back to the Chinese Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D.), and their reputation, that of “red diamonds,” is also confirmed by studies. Being very rich in antioxidants, these fruits are a… Read More »

European program to promote sorghum launches in the summer of 2017

After the first European Sorghum Congress in 2016, which was held in Bucharest, Romania, the main priority of the participating experts and people actively working in the sorghum industry was to establish a European sorghum sector. Their goal is to have a strategic plan for the development and promotion of this grain in Europe. The… Read More »

New GMO potatoes obtain approval for human consumption in 2017

GMO foods began to be increasingly more present in our lives, whether we realize it or not. Genetically modified crops are specifically designed for human or animal consumption, using the new technologies of molecular biology. Most of them have a modified DNA structure (adenosine triphosphate, the substance that holds genetic information) in order to win… Read More »

Biodiesel – definition and benefits

The fuel that is used for cars, machinery and other types of work equipment is one of the biggest factors for environmental pollution. Therefore, the need to use alternative sources of fuel is obvious. Right now, the best option seems to be biodiesel. What is biodiesel? Biodiesel is a liquid biofuel that successfully replaces petro-diesel,… Read More »

Oversupply of cocoa may affect the price of chocolate

The International Cocoa Organization draws the attention to the crisis of overproduction of cocoa on the world market. The Organization’s estimates show that cocoa production would rise this year by 15%, leading to a surplus of about 264,000 tons. It is just the beginning of a crisis that could spill over into subsequent years. The… Read More »