7 December 2014
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Use of microbial genomics to identify soil ‘dark matter’

  The interest in the July 31st, 2013 post “No-till Saves Soils and Green House Gases” has been truly remarkable with more visits than any other content on the Kemnovation web-site to date. Following the ‘International Day of Soils’ on Friday last this is worth re-visiting as a way forward for identifying the ‘biological activity’ […]


10 November 2014
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Rice in focus – not before time!

  A very comprehensive review entitled ‘New thinking about an old grain’ appeared recently in Nature Vol. 514, p. 549-565 presenting timely information about this staple crop upon which 3 billion people globally are dependent with a central role in feeding a growing planet. However the climate is changing with much of the land once […]


5 November 2014
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Brazilian forest preservation reduces annual carbon dioxide emissions

  In a feature analysing the latest IPCC report on climate change The Economist  journal had an adjunct article entitled ‘to slash or to trim’  listing the reductions in CO2 emissions from various policies / actions taken under the Montreal protocol during recent years. One very significant reduction in emissions related to ‘preserving Brazilian rainforest’ over […]


26 August 2014
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Plant more trees for forest recovery!

  The post that appeared in October last year on Kemnovation.com entitled  ‘N-fixing trees help forest recovery’  is now gaining additional support with recent reports from South America and Sub-Saharan Africa placing the emphasis on the use of N-fixing Acacia species. In South America full rehabilitation of old  ‘denuded’  mining sites has been achieved by […]


9 June 2014
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Climate change threat to micronutrients in staple crops.

  An estimated 2 billion people currently suffer from zinc and iron deficiency globally. Now Myers et al in a study reported in Nature, Vol. 510, p. 139-142 (doi: 10.1038/nature13179) estimate that by the middle of this century the levels of these essential micronutrients in cereal and leguminous crops will fall by between 7 and 10% […]