In the arid farmlands of West Texas, soil salinity is a chronic problem that farmers frequently battle by adding the calcium mineral, gypsum, to soils. But the practice is expensive, plus the region’s soils already contain high levels of gypsum and calcite to begin with.
That got a team from the Texas AgriLife Research Center at Texas A&M University thinking: What if the soil’s own stocks of calcium minerals could be mobilized to fight salinity instead?
I n the July-August issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, a team of scientists led by Texas AgriLife Research Center assistant professor, Girisha Ganjegunte, report the answer to that question. By applying a polymer compound, called polyacrylamide, to irrigated fields, the researchers found they could boost soil permeability and remove sodium by solubilizing existing soil sources of calcite (calcium carbonate) and gypsum (calcium sulfate) .
Published 02:35 27.06.11 Latest update 02:35 27.06.11
Big winners in exporter's collapse: Tshuva, Dankner
These are the rotting fruit of Agrexco's labors.
By Yoram Gabison
The government may be aiming to reduce economic concentration, but a deal in the works to save the floundering government agricultural export company Agrexco may do just the opposite.
Agrexco's fall strengthens its main competitor, Mehadrin, which is owned by Nochi Dankner's IDB Group (45.4% ) and Yitzhak Tshuva's Delek Group (41.4% ) - two powerful players at the center of the economic concentration debate.
Agrexco employees protesting outside the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem yesterday.
Photo by: Tomer Appelbaum
Agrexco, which exports under the brand name Carmel, is at the brink of insolvency. Chairman Isaac Lidor revealed the extent of the company's dire straits at the end of last week: It's been losing money for three years, and…
Me and my Real Fruit shake, waiting for the train.
For me, McDonald's falls squarely into one category: I Have the Worst Hangover Ever, And Just Enough Energy for The Drive-Thru. Seriously, even on road trips, McDonald's is a last-resort meal for me. (I am willing to admit that few things beat back a hangover like Micky D's, so it certainly has its place.)
Sure, I went in to try the new McNugget dipping saucesrecently, but I threw away most of the McNuggets after a sufficient amount of sauce-tasting had occurred.
In short, I'm rarely tempted to make a McDonald's run.
But forced as I am to navigate this city on foot and by rail, the heat overwhelmed me and I needed something cold to drink.
When a poster for a McDonald's "Real Fruit Smoothie" appeared before me, I decided to give it a go.
The menu featured three flavors: Wild Berry, Stra…
The Mango Pineapple Smoothie, made using mango and pineapple purees, low-fat yogurt and ice, is McDonald’s new addition to their Real Fruit Smoothie line.
Due to my disappointment in the Strawberry Lemonade, I was slightly hesitant to try their newest summer drink.
However, after a twenty minute walk outside in the sweltering afternoon sun, I was in desperate need of a respite from the heat -- and nothing screams "cool-off!" for me better than an ice cold smoothie.
So what did I think? Well, the smoothie was surprisingly good!
The smoothie smelled like a real mango and was very refreshing. The consistency was smooth and there was no sickeningly sweet after taste (unlike the Strawberry Lemonade).
Now obviously, the McD's smoothies can't compare to my homemade smoothies, but it's a great alternative to when my lazy bum doesn't feel like chopping up fruits and…
New portal website for fresh produce communication network tacler
With the start of the open version on August 1 approaching, the tacler login website has been completely redesigned. This is the main way to join the network, with the green button in the top right corner. You can log in to the application from the start page too, if you have an active account. Plus you will find many live stream elements integrated there.
There are plugins from the different social media platforms that we employ. You will also find live updates on how many people are online in tacler at the moment, who are the latest members, which are the newest companies, and what is being said in the tacler main group via a live stream. This stream is anonymous.
The first tutorial videos are embedded from YouTube, and we’ll be showing you more howto’s from our YouTube channel as we move ahead.
Last but not least there are FreshPlaza news updates in the page header and sponsors to the application. If you’re interested i…
The agreement, which, pending regulatory approval, will see Nestle take a 60% stake in Hsu Fu Chi, follows speculation over the Swiss food giant's interest in the business after confirmation last week that the two sides were in talks over some kind of transaction.
We ran an analysis over why Nestle could be interested in Hsu Fu Chi on our insight pages last week. You can read more here but suffice to say that Hsu Fu Chi's national distribution and knowledge of Chinese consumer habits were likely to have attracted Nestle.
A tie-up with Hsu Fu Chi, as one reader pointed out, will also boost Nestle's product portfolio in China as it looks to take on the likes of Mars, Perfetti van Melle, Lotte and Kraft Foods in the country's fast-growing confectionery sector.
Cuba: Elevada producción de pulpa de mango en Jagüey Grande
Con destino a mercados europeos y para el turismo nacional se procesan hasta 15 toneladas de pulpa de mango por hora en la nueva línea para de frutales de la Empresa de Cítricos Héroes de Girón, de Jagüey Grande.
Con la nueva tecnología adaptada por los miembros de la Asociación Nacional de Innovadores y Racionalizadores en esa fábrica, se refuerzan los propósitos de evitar costosas inversiones en maquinarias y vender el producto en tiempo y forma, de acuerdo con las normas de calidad establecidas para la elaboración. La nueva instalación con dos turnos de labor permite la continuidad laboral de hombres y mujeres que concluida la campaña de cítrico recesaban en sus actividades.
El ingeniero químico Libán González, especialista del Departamento de Tecnología de la entidad explicó que 136 trabajadores distribuidos en 2 turnos deshuesan, recalientan y refinan las frutas para lograr una pulpa exquisita de gran demanda inter…
Trustee Shlomo Nass has asked David Bondi to continue to assist the troubled agricultural produce exporter.11 July 11 09:41, Avi Shauly
Agrexco CEO David Bondi resigned his post last night. Adv. Shlomo Nass, trustee of the troubled agricultural exports company, accepted Bondi's resignation, and thanked him for his efforts to save the company. Nass also asked Bondi to assist the attempt to rescue Agrexco, particularly vis-à-vis the growers and potential buyers.
In his letter of resignation to Nass, Bondi wrote, "I took up my post as CEO of Agrexco only six months ago. From the start, I was surprised to see that the situation of the company was extremely severe, and I applied all my professional expertise to help save the company and adapt it to the commercial circumstances. Saving the company became the supreme value guiding my conduct as CEO. "Two weeks ago, you were appointed trustee, and in the light of the new situation I have decided to resign my post…
Dear Dr.Cavan,Greetings to you from INDIA !!I am glad to see the Mango network IMO has made over a period of time.I congratulate you for the same.I wish to introduce myself in few lines..I did my doctorate on the subject MANGO way back in 1976 from prestigious Indian Agriculture Research Institute,New Delhi.I worked for government of India till year 2000 and got retired from government service at the age of 60. Since then I haven't stopped myself and I'm continuously busy & associated with mango in various forms Research , Book writing , Imparting consultancy on mango , Imparting Training to farmers & Organizing Mango Festivals, conducting workshops and seminars. I have been Chief Consultant for Government of New Delhi for last 10 years for organsing the National Level Mango Festival in month of July.Recently this year my organization has taken the Export License and have started exports of Mango.Right now started of with Dubai.You may please let me know that how can I…
• Mangomania, the annual celebration of the region’s tropical fruit favorite, happens from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday the 31st at the German-American Social Club, 2101 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door; kids younger than 10 get in free. Call 283-0888 or online: floridascreativecoast.com/MM-home.html.
• See Henry Ford’s Fort Myers home, “The Mangoes,” on a tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates: Open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day for guided walking tours of the homes and gardens at 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Admission is $20 for adults; $11, ages 6-12 and fre…
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A mango madness took place at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki for the 3rd Annual Mangoes at the Moana event on Saturday. The festival included food tastings, seminars, and various forms of entertainment.
The event kicked off in the morning with a mango recipe contest that had chefs and chef-wannabes alike, competing for the best dish. The competition was judged by celebrity chefs including Cooking Channel's Lee Anne Wong and Honolulu Star Advertiser's Dining Out editor, Alana Folen. Prizes ranged from an Afternoon Tea at the Veranda to a two-night stay at the Moana Surfrider.
The event also promoted the use of locally grown mangoes. Makaha Mangoes, the head partner with the resort, was the primary supplier for the event. Hawaii is known for its multitude of mangoes that aren't found on the mainland. Chef Lee Anne Wong, who's from New York, sai…
The Asian envoys and Pakistani community representatives are seen during the event
A number of Asian diplomats were recently feted at the concluding part of the ‘Mango Mania’ festival held under the aegis of the Pakistan embassy at Doha Marriott.
The event, which highlighted the variety and quality of Pakistani mangoes, was attended by Pakistani Ambassador Sarfraz Ahmad Khanzada who said: “With more than 450 types of mangoes and producing over 2mn tonnes, the event served to highlight the richness and heritage of our nation.”
The ambassador commended the management and staff of Doha Marriott for successfully conducting the special event while also praising the efforts of the event sponsor Bludan Jewellers managing director Mohd Afzal.
Khanzada also appreciated the coverage of media sponsor - Gulf Times, represented by Advertising and Marketing manager James John, whose active support to the community activities was praised.
Guimaras finds governance in Bohol sweeter than its mangoes By: Ven Rebo Arigo
Guimaras may have grown the finest mangoes on earth, but the youngest Western Visayas province has found the practices in Bohol governance even “sweeter.”
Its key officials and personnel themselves “tasted” the best varieties of Bohol Capitol’s institutional reforms when they interphased with host counterparts in their five-day benchmarking here
Rarely had the itinerary of a lakbay-aral group from another province not included even a brief spare time to see the glory and grandeur of Bohol nature.
A Capitol official implied the visitors must have been so serious and faithful to learn best governance for the good of Guimaras, which attained provincehood in 1992, and its people.
Led by Provincial Administrator Ronie Segobre, their supreme end is to learn the best human resource management and development (HRMD) interventions for replication in their province and its lower LGUs.