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Climate change is happening, affecting all areas of the globe – I.P.C.C.

Climate change is happening, affecting all areas of the globe – I.P.C.C.

The effect of climate change is already being felt worldwide, according the Inte...

Hong Kong extends its registration tax exemption for E.V.s

Hong Kong extends its registration tax exemption for E.V.s

Hong Kong has passed a resolution that will extend its first registration tax ex...

Make a green choice by purchasing eco-clothing for your kids

Make a green choice by purchasing eco-clothing for your kids

There are several benefits of organic kid’s clothing. As people are becoming env...

Restoring the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay

Restoring the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is America’s largest estuary, which is a body of water that l...

Norway to invest in renewable energy

Norway to invest in renewable energy

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has announced that the country’s governmen...

Solenergy taps Philippines’ solar power potential

Solenergy taps Philippines’ solar power potential

Solar power system design and installation company Solenergy Systems Inc. has be...

Large numbers of countries have climate change plans in place – U.N.

Large numbers of countries have climate change plans in place – U.N.

A large number of countries already have legislation governing climate mitigatio...

Business

Smog causes partial car ban in Paris – But is the Diesel Industry to blame?

Smog causes partial car ban in Paris – But is the Diesel Industry to blame?

Monday, 07 April 2014

There’s a choking, Beijingian smog hanging over Parisian skies. Warm, still conditions have caused car fumes and chemicals to collect above the city a...

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Technology

Politics

Living Green

Stop harming the environment by making your garden more eco-friendly in 5 easy steps

Stop harming the environment by making your garden more eco-friendly in 5 easy steps

Tuesday, 08 April 2014

A garden should mimic nature and that means making it as eco-friendly as possible. Walk into most gardens in the United State and you'll see it's cert...

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Renewables

CSUN, PV-Systems to cooperate for 15 MW of solar projects in Turkey

CSUN, PV-Systems to cooperate for 15 MW of solar projects in Turkey

Monday, 14 April 2014

CSUN will be providing 15 megawatts of solar power panels for projects in Turkey. The solar company announced that it has signed a framework agreement...

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Low-Carbon

Green Benefits Related With Credit Card Uses

Green Benefits Related With Credit Card Uses

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

It is an inevitable truth that the use credit card companies are going through a field of competitiveness, as they are cropping up with some of the la...

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Opinion

Restoring the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay

Restoring the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Chesapeake Bay is America’s largest estuary, which is a body of water that links rivers to the sea and acts as a bridge between freshwater and sal...

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Researchers complete genetic map of miscanthus

Researchers from American energy crop company Ceres, Inc, and Aberystwyth University have completed the first high-resolution, comprehensive genetic map of the perennial grass known as miscanthus.

Miscanthus is considered a promising source of biomass for the production of alternative fuels and clean energy. It is fast growing, tough and capable of growing on marginal land. However, it is difficult to establish the crop as it is planted from cuttings or rhizomes.

According to Ceres, it can cost thousands of dollars an acre to establish a field of miscanthus, around five to 10 times more than a seed crop such as switchgrass.

In order for miscanthus to live up to its potential as a bioenergy crop, cheaper ways to breed and raise it need to be developed.

The researchers from Ceres, along with scientists from Aberystwyth's Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences mapped all 19 chromosomes of miscanthus and found 20,000 genetic differences or markers.

Markers allow geneticists to differentiate individual plants based on variations in their D.N.A. This will also allow easier identification of plants with characteristics that breeders may or may not want to propagate.

"By defining the genetic diversity in our germplasm collections with the new D.N.A. markers, we can more rapidly introduce important crop traits into our new, seed-propagated miscanthus products," said Richard Flavell, chief scientific officer of Ceres.

Professor Iain Donnison, head of the bioenergy team at the institute, noted that the mapping project would also provide greater insight into how the miscanthus genome compares with other crop plants.

The research was funded as part of Britain's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Sustainable Bioenergy Center. Both Ceres and Ibers are members of the council, an academic-industry research partnership focused on the bioenergy sector.



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