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Alternatives to ozone-depleting pesticide studied

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Strawberry producers searching for safe pesticides, effective growing methods



Researchers study new methods of weed control in strawberry nurseries. Click here for more information.

VALLADOLID, SPAIN -- Methyl bromide, an odorless, colorless gas used as an agricultural pesticide, was introduced in the 1980s as an effective way to control weeds and increase fruit yields. Agricultural production nurseries around the world relied on methyl bromide (MB) to produce healthy plants for export and domestic sales. In 2000, the widely used pesticide was classified as an ozone-depleting substance, and in 2005 MB was banned in the United States and all European Union countries.

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Silicon's effect on sunflowers studied

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Research shows benefits, detriments of silicon supplements for ornamental flowers



Helianthus L. - sunflower Click here for more information.

STILLWATER, OK -- Vibrant, showy sunflowers are revered worldwide for their beauty and versatility. While many varieties of sunflower are grown specifically for their nutritional benefits, ornamental sunflowers have become standards for commercial growers and everyday gardeners. As sunflowers' popularity grows, scientists are looking for new supplements and growing methods to enhance production and quality of this celebrated annual.

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