Growing more on less land

first_img“Erico is a very energetic, hard-working and innovative person,” Das said. “He has been quite successful both in his research and taking his ideas to the next level.” University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental doctoral student Erico Rolim de Mattos foresees a world where exploding human populations, global climate change and land overdevelopment has rendered mankind incapable of producing enough food to sustain humanity. This scenario is a very real possibility, and it has captured the minds of specialists from organizations like NASA and the United Nations. This process takes place in real time, and it ensures that the plants receive optimum lighting conditions without wasting power on traditional bulbs that burn constantly for set periods of time. UGA is one of only two U.S. universities to hold competitions for the SU program. Mattos is the third UGA graduate student to attend the program; Kausar Samli, graduate student at the UGA Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, and Brinkley Warren, a graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and recent Fulbright Scholar, were SU scholarship winners the previous two years. “The biggest problem with vertical farming is energy consumption,” said Mattos, a doctoral candidate in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences department of crop and soil sciences. “Using this intelligent light system that we are developing here, we can make vertical farms feasible from the point of view of lights.” A large indoor farm using traditional grow lights would require massive amounts of electricity to operate. But Mattos’ system works much more efficiently. An energy-efficient LED array above crops provides the light. As the light shines, a device called a chlorophyll fluorometer measures the plant’s energy use efficiency and sends that information to a computer. The computer runs a mathematical algorithm, which determines if the plants need more light, less light or even light of different wavelengths, and then it turns the appropriate LEDs on or off. Because it is currently not economically practical to implement vertical farms on a large scale, Mattos and his collaborators are working to reduce the cost and boost production of a system that may prove useful in the event of a global food crisis. He proposes the use of LED lights and advanced computer monitoring systems to provide artificial light in structures known as vertical farms. These immense greenhouse-like buildings are dedicated to the production of indoor food crops. “When all these people from different areas try to solve problems and combine all their knowledge, it is a huge experience for everybody,” Mattos said. “I can come back to UGA with a lot of new ideas, new point of views and new approaches, and hopefully I can share these with faculty members and students to improve the community.” “You have to replace the sun, which is free,” Mattos said. “It is a very hard competition.” Mattos discovered the usefulness of this system while working on the production of algae at the UGA Bioconversion Research and Education Center, where researchers study and test biomass fuel sources. He is presently testing the efficacy of the LED system as a method of increasing algae biomass. His adviser, K.C. Das, a UGA professor of biological and agricultural engineering and member of UGA’s bioenergy Systems Research Institute, praised his drive and determination. Mattos has an idea that may help solve the problem, however, and it recently won him a $30,000 scholarship to an intensive 10-week graduate studies program at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley ideas incubator that seeks to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges using advanced technologies. “It is like the plants and the lights are talking,” he said. “If the plant is not using the light, the chlorophyll fluorometer can feel this and send a message to the computer.” As one of 80 students selected worldwide to attend Singularity University’s program, Mattos will have the opportunity to meet with other researchers, entrepreneurs and inventors who will help him further develop his plan.last_img read more

Hampton Bays Crash Leaves Driver Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 33-year-old Peconic man was killed when crashed the truck he was driving in Hampton Bays over the weekend.Southampton Town Police said the driver of a Dodge Ram 1500 with a Illinois registration struck a tree off the roadway on Flanders Road, west of Red Creek Road, shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday.The victim, who was identified as Julio Tocay, was pronounced at the scene.Southampton Town Detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call them at 631-702-2230.last_img

Governments urged to provide long-term decarbonisation clarity

first_imgEU leaders are meeting in Sibiu, Romania on 9 May“As business and investor leaders who aspire to build the climate neutral economy of the future, we urge you agree the necessary policy foundations and set the direction of travel that will provide us with the clarity and confidence to act.”The letter is understood to be the result of an initiative instigated by the Corporate Leaders Group, a group of European industry executives working together under the patronage of the Prince of Wales, but it also received backing from investors.These include the chief executives of Nordic pension investors such as Alecta, Folksam and Ilmarinen, and those of asset managers Aegon, DWS, Earth Capital and Impax.Alex Wynaendts, CEO at Aegon Asset Management, said: “As a signatory to the Paris Pledge for Action and considering our strategic focus on supporting the energy transition, we ask EU leaders to urgently execute on the measures against climate change as agreed upon in Paris.”The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) put its name to the letter as a “supporter”, and Rachel Ward, head of policy at the group, explained that the letter was “a clear marker of the significance of climate change in the context of wider EU priorities that will be discussed during the Sibiu Summit next week”.Today’s letter is not the first time the private sector has called for heads of government to do more to facilitate the transition to low carbon energy. The IIGCC’s Ward told IPE there was “certainly an awareness of the risk of ‘statement fatigue’, which is why timing is so important”.“[Statements] will only be produced at key milestones where there is a clear window of opportunity to influence discussions and decisions,” she added. “The EU Sibiu Summit is certainly a moment to remind policy makers that climate change remains a priority.”A copy of the letter can be found here. Investors and corporates have joined forces to call for EU political leaders to endorse a long-term decarbonisation strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.This would provide businesses with the “confidence and clarity” needed to make investments that could help bring about a European economy with net zero emissions, the groups said in an open letter.The letter was addressed to EU heads of state ahead of a gathering of national leaders in Sibiu, Romania next week.In the letter, the signatories explained that they had already invested in the energy transition because it made “business sense”, but that “businesses and investors cannot do this alone”. “A clear, coherent vision from European governments and institutions for climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest will give us the long-term guidance we need to invest,” the letter stated.last_img read more

Myles Garrett joins Raiders’ offseason signees Burfict, Brown in NFL exile

first_imgBy now you’ve seen the video.Myles Garrett took Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and slammed it top-down onto the quarterback’s uncovered head. It was only the second-worst hit Rudolph has taken this year.We don’t know what exactly enflamed Garrett so badly, just that Rudolph ripped at Garrett’s helmet initially when the Browns defensive end tackled him late in the Steelers’ Thursday night victory.Whatever the case, Garrett’s actions landed him a rightful suspension for the remainder of the 2019 …last_img

R1.8bn housing project launched

first_img23 July 2007The Gauteng housing department, Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality and banking group Absa launched a R1.8-billion mixed-use housing project – the largest in the province to date – in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, on the weekend.Like the Cosmo City development north-west of Johannesburg, the Chief Albert Luthuli Housing Park will be a mixed-income development, featuring both bonded and government-subsidised houses as well as amenities such as parks, clinics, schools and police and fire stations.Sipho Mashinini, director of Absa property development arm Absa Devco, told Business Day that 10 300 houses would be built over the next three years, with the bonded houses expected to cost between R180 000 and R300 000.Speaking at Sunday’s launch, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa said the project aimed to provide quality, affordable housing “in an environment that allows integration across economic and racial divides and closer to opportunities for economic activities.”Building social cohesion in South Africa, Shilowa said, required a break from “apartheid spatial planning that separates people according to wealth and colour and dumps the poor in places far from areas of economic opportunities and social advancement.”The launch of the project coincided with the 40th anniversary of the death of Albert Luthuli, president-general of the African National Congress from December 1952 until his death in 1967, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Danny Glover, President Zuma catch up

first_img30 May 2013American actor and activist Danny Glover paid a visit to South African President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town on Wednesday.Glover is in the country as part of a delegation of the United Automobile Workers Union of America, led by its president, Bob King.Walking down the steps of the President’s Cape Town residence, Tuynhuys on Wednesday, the two men, who referred to one another as “my brother”, chatted before stopping and smiling at the waiting bevy of journalists and television cameras.Turning to Glover, Zuma said: “I’m sure that they want a picture.”After the media took a picture of them shaking hands, the two enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and, enjoying his brief moment away from the highest office in the land, Zuma teased the media, saying they should not be jealous of him.Wednesday’s meeting was not the first between Zuma and Glover.“As you know, it’s always wonderful to meet a good brother,” Zuma said. “He always visits South Africa. It’s always a good thing to be with us, given what he’s achieved and how much he’s loved by South Africans.”For Glover, perhaps best known as the producer and star of the Lethal Weapon movie series, being in South Africa is always a joy, as he inevitably hears the word “welcome”.“It’s great to be back – even if it’s only for a short while. It’s great to see my friend, President Zuma.”The history of South Africa has long been a part of his life, Glover said, “as someone involved in the anti-apartheid movement in the early ’70s to someone who used the platform of the incredible work of the great South African playwright Athol Furguard to manifest and build my career.“So there’s always a good relationship that I have with this extraordinary country.”Source: read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 13, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The weather pattern remains mostly unfavorable for large scale drying over the next 10 days. We have trouble putting together more than a day or two of true dryness with good evaporation in a row. That’s not to say we wont get ANY field work done, but it will not be easy either. Today, we see another mostly cloudy, cool day over most of the state with scattered likely through the day. Coverage will be around 90%. Rain totals will end up being from a few hundredths to .25” …which is not a lot, but it does mean we just do not dry down very much today. Another round of cold air races in tonight, and we have a threat of frost in northern areas overnight. Tomorrow may end up being the best day of the week, as we turn out partly to mostly sunny and see temps rebound. Evaporation will be near a maximum level tomorrow. Clouds return Wednesday, perhaps not right away in the morning, but soon thereafter. Scattered light showers spread across the state near or after sunset but only end up with about 25% coverage and minor totals. This is more about slowing the drying process than picking up a bunch of moisture. Thursday turns out partly sunny. Rain and thunderstorms race into the state Thursday night and Friday, and we end up with some good rains from that event. Right now we look for .25”-1” rains with 80% coverage. Saturday turns out partly sunny over all of Ohio. Sunday starts with sunshine, but clouds return quickly, bringing showers and thunderstorms from late Sunday afternoon through the overnight. Moisture totals have a wide range here, from .2″ to .9″ 80% coverage. Thunderstorms will be the main driver of the heavier rain totals. An “on-again-off-again” moisture pattern develops for early next week. Scattered showers are possible Monday with 80% coverage and .1″-.6″ rain totals. Tuesday features a mix of clouds and sun, but little to no additional moisture threat. Then Wednesday scattered showers are back with a few hundredths to half an inch possible, but only 40% coverage. So, while there will be holes in precipitation, it will be difficult to get well spread drying across Ohio for that period. The map at right shows 10 day rain totals for the state. For our extended forecast, we start with a dry day for Thursday the 23rd, featuring partly sunny skies. Rain returns next Friday ,but only in southern Ohio, where we can see up to .8” over the southern third to quarter of the state. There should be nothing going in central and northern Ohio. Three (3!) dry days are possible from the 25th through the 27th with partly to mostly sunny skies. We finish the extended window with a chance of showers in the northern third of the state for the 28th.last_img read more

2019 World Food Prize Laureate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — World Food Prize Foundation President Kenneth Quinn announced Monday, in a ceremony at the State Department, that Simon Groot, a Dutch vegetable breeder who developed seeds that have benefited farmers and consumers in Southeast Asia, has been chosen as the 2019 World Food Prize laureate.Groot will accept the $250,000 prize on Oct. 17 at the Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, where the World Food Prize is headquartered during the weeklong Borlaug Dialogue — named for Norman Borlaug, the developer of the wheat that led to the Green Revolution and the founder of the prize.Quinn introduced the event’s host, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former Republican Kansas House member, as “the man who has returned the swagger to the State Department.”In short remarks, Pompeo said it is hard to predict world events and therefore the world must rely on innovation to solve problems. He noted that “the majority” of the world’s hungry at the present are in conflict zones, and highlighted Venezuela as one of the countries experiencing hunger due to internal discord. But he also said that innovations such as those developed by Groot are the keys to finding a “cure” for a world hunger.Quinn told the agriculture leaders who attended the event in the Benjamin Franklin reception room atop the State Department that Groot left the Netherlands in 1982 at age 47 to move to the Philippines. There he and a business partner, Benito Domingo, formed East-West Seed to develop vegetable varieties with enhanced disease resistance and significantly higher yields. At that time, commercial vegetable seed breeding was all but unknown in the tropics.“As the use of his seeds spread throughout the Philippines and to Thailand, Indonesia and across Southeast Asia, farmers’ daily lives were uplifted and consumers benefited from greater access to nutritious vegetables,” Quinn said. “Mr. Groot in effect developed a stunningly impactful global network of seed producers who are transforming the lives of 20 million farmers every year.”Today East-West Seed serves more than 20 million smallholder farmers in more than 60 tropical countries, the World Food Prize Foundation said in a news release.“Working closely with local and international NGOs, Mr. Groot created East-West Seed’s innovative Knowledge Transfer program — a unique feature for a seed company — which trains tens of thousands of farmers each year in good agricultural practices for vegetable production,” the foundation added.“Mr. Groot has led the transition of millions of subsistence farmers, many of them women, to horticulture entrepreneurs, thereby greatly enhancing their livelihoods and income,” the foundation said.“These farmers have invigorated both rural and urban markets for vegetable crops in their communities, making nutritious vegetables more widely available and affordable for millions of families each year.”In a news release, Henne Schuwer, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States, noted that his country “is the second-largest exporter of agricultural products in the world, behind only the United States. I hope this award will serve as an encouragement to further strengthen the relationship between our two countries in the field of agriculture.”“Mr. Groot has truly shown the world what can be achieved when agricultural industry places the needs of smallholder farmers at the heart of their business,” Schuwer said.“The awarding of the World Food Prize to a vegetable seedsman is reason for excitement and gratitude,” Groot said in the release.“But the ultimate recognition is for the millions of smallholder farmers that stepped up farming from a way of living to building a business. Small-scale vegetable farming is a great way to grow rural income and employment and improve nutrition at the same time.“Partnering modern science with a long tradition of Dutch seedsmanship has contributed mightily to the growth of the vegetable farming industry of tropical Asia in the last 35 years. Now it is the turn for tropical Africa where again quality vegetable seeds combined with major farmer knowledge transfer programs can create sustainable income for the next generation of African farmers.”Earlier, the Access to Seeds Foundation, a Dutch group, awarded Groot and East-West Seed its top prize for making its products available to smallholder farmers.World Food Prize Symposium:…Access to Seeds Index:…Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Is Amazon’s Cloud Locker Really an Innovation?

first_imgAmazon has just launched a suite of music products that allow users to store their tracks online and them stream them over the Web or to any Android device courtesy of the Amazon MP3 mobile application. The launch has the tech world abuzz, not only because Amazon beat Apple and Google to the punch, both of whom are reportedly working on digital lockers of their own, but because Amazon hasn’t even received the record labels’ permission to host these tracks on its servers as of yet.But is Amazon’s cloud-based music storage service really all that innovative? Some journalists and analysts are saying it’s not. Do you agree?Smaller Startups Have Amazon Beat To be impressed with Amazon’s offering, you have to ignore the numerous startups already serving this space. For example, Rdio, the on-demand music streaming service from Skype, Kazaa and Joost creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, lets users store an unlimited amount of music from their own personal collections online. Rdio users download the Rdio Desktop software program, which scours for tracks saved to a computer’s hard drive. Those files are then matched with the tunes in Rdio’s own collection.The price is a bit more than Amazon’s service, which starts by giving you 5 GBs for free. Instead, Rdio charges $4.99/month for Web access or $9.99/month for Web + mobile access. But the bonus here is that you also have access to Rdio’s entire collection of music totaling over 7 million songs. With Amazon, you can only access your own files or those you choose to purchase from Amazon’s MP3 store in the future.If you aren’t interested in a subscription service and just want to store your own music “in the cloud,” smaller startups have already provided this capability for many months. In August 2010, for example, Audiogalaxy launched a mobile music streaming service which lets you stream music directly from your home computer to your mobile phone for free. Unlimited storage is provided here, too. After all – it is your own computer.Another alternative service,, works on Android, iPhone/iPod Touch and the Web while storing files on its own servers. It’s $3.99/month for 11 GB. There’s also Grooveshark, Rhapsody, Napster, Soundcloud,, Pandora, Songbird and others, all bringing music streaming to both online and mobile users.5 GB for Free? Who Cares! We Have 100 GB of Music, Don’t You?Then there’s this question: who does 5 GB even work for? Many digital music consumers have collections that span decades, including CDs imported into iTunes, MP3 files traded for free during the wild west days of Napster and torrenting plus carefully curated playlists of tracks purchased in later years from online stores like iTunes, Amazon and eMusic.To get a better understanding of Amazon’s pricing, consider this: a 100 GB collection, stored in Amazon’s cloud, is $100.00 per year. 1,000 GB is $1,000 per year.  These are not prices that make sense when you can get access to 7 million tracks at Rdio for $10 per month. Or 10 million tracks at MOG for the same rate. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Amazon#music#Op-Ed#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts Forrester: This isn’t InnovationEven ignoring Amazon’s competition, Amazon’s service itself just isn’t all that innovative. Or so says Forrester analyst Mark Mulligan. “…Let’s not get carried away,” he wrote in a blog post today. “As logical a next step in the digital music market that locker services might be, they’re not an innovation in the music product. They’re simply giving people access to the music they have on the devices they own. Consumers simply expect this.”Darned right we do. For the prices Amazon charges, we should expect access to subscription music, not just paid access to our own files. And we expect to be able to stream that music to all our devices. Amazon isn’t even providing that – it’s limited to the Web and Android phones. What about our TVs, cars, home stereos? What about our iPhones? Streaming music services like Pandora, Rdio, MOG and others are integrating themselves into all sorts of appliances and consumer electronics products. You can stream Pandora from a Samsung Refrigerator. Rdio from your Sonos system. MOG from your car. Where can you stream Amazon? Selectmobile phones? The Web? How earth-shaking.In fact, “Amazon’s Cloud Music Move Isn’t Earth-Shaking” is the exact headline Peter Kafka used to describe the launch over on AllThingsD.“The future of cloud-based music is here today,” he wrote. “It looks a lot like the past.”“Amazon’s Cloud Drive/Cloud Player combo sounds cool, because it has the word ‘Cloud’ in it. It’s quite useful, too. But if you’re a music lover looking for a paradigm shift in the way you consume tunes, this won’t be it.”His main complaints? Amazon doesn’t provide access to your files on all your devices and it doesn’t help you discover new music. These were Mulligan’s complaints, too. He even went so far as to say that “locker services will not save the music industry.” What will, Mulligan notes, is a generation of high quality music experiences that are: social, participative, accessible, relevant and connected.“Amazon just ticked off the C,” he says. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… sarah perezlast_img read more

Poor ventilation at BC greenhouse blamed for carbon monoxide exposure

first_imgDELTA, B.C. – Poor ventilation at a Delta, B.C., greenhouse is to blame for sending dozens of workers to hospital for carbon monoxide exposure, a fire chief said.Delta fire battalion chief Neil Shuster said an emergency call came in Saturday afternoon that at least 12 people at Windset Farms were suffering from inhalation of a suspected cleaning product.Three fire crews and a hazmat crew were dispatched along with police and BC Ambulance Services.Once on scene, Shuster said crews determined there were high levels of carbon monoxide in the building.Approximately 43 people required treatment on site.The workers had been inside a greenhouse while a gas-powered pressure washer was running without adequate ventilation, he said.“I believe they were working at the time and it was maintenance, regular maintenance I guess they were doing at the time,” he saidRepresentatives from Windset Farms did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Provincial workplace safety officials are investigating the incident.Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that’s produced whenever fuel is burned.It can cause health problems — and eventually death — because breathing it reduces the body’s ability to carry oxygen in the blood.BC Emergency Health Services tweeted that 13 ambulances responded to “a major incident” with 10 in serious to critical condition and 32 others in stable condition.Linda Lupini, the services’ executive vice president, said on Sunday that response to the incident was swift and followed protocols for mass casualty events with those most seriously injured receiving priority care.Those exposed to carbon monoxide were treated with oxygen and given blood tests to ensure they were recovering, she said.No additional crew or other staff were affected by carbon monoxide.“The entire event as we know could have had a very different ending,” she said. “There’s no doubt this was an incredibly well executed response.”She said everyone who was taken to hospital has been released. She added that a few people who were more seriously affected may need follow up treatment such as being placed in a hyperbaric chamber to replenish their oxygen levels.last_img read more