Chinese scientists created a type of rice that can grow in saltwater

October 25, 2017 by  
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For the first time, rice grown in diluted saltwater has yielded a crop sufficient enough to be commercially viable, according to a new study by Chinese scientists . The research team led by agricultural scientist Yuan Longping, also known as China’s “father of hybrid rice,” planted 200 types of rice in spring in the coastal city of Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province and then subsequently tested their resilience to saline-alkali soil and diluted saltwater; four types of rice showed particular promise. If successful on a large scale, these salt-resistant rice varieties could turn previously non-arable space into productive agricultural land. In order to test the rice’s resilience in saline-alkali environments, the scientists pumped in saltwater from the Yellow Sea, on which Qingdao is located. The seawater was first diluted to achieve a salinity level of .3 percent, then gradually increased to .6 percent. Although researchers expected only an output of around 4.5 tons per hectare, “the test results greatly exceeded our expectations,” according to Liu Shiping, a professor of agriculture at Yangzhou University. The four mentioned rice varieties ultimately produced yields of 6.5 to 9.3 tons per hectare. While some wild varieties of rice are known to survive in salty environments, they typically only yield 1.125 to 2.25 tons per hectare. Related: 7 plants that could save the world Increased yield from salt-resilient varieties of rice could have significant economic benefits. “If a farmer tries to grow some types of saline-tolerant rice now, they most likely will get 1,500 kilograms per hectare. That is just not profitable and not even worth the effort,” said Yuan. “Farmers will have an incentive to grow the rice if we can double the yield.” The current 100 million hectares of saline-alkali soil in China, one-fifth of which could be cultivated with the right crop, also may experience significant change as farmers move onto previously unusable land. Salt-resilient rice would prove to be an asset for South and Southeast Asia as well, regions where millions of hectare are left unused due to high salinity. The team plans to refine its rice varieties and growing techniques, so that salt-resilient rice may soon become a supplemental extension of the region’s staple crop. Via Xinhua / South China Morning Post Images via Depositphotos (1)

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This company wants to turn food waste into building materials heres how

October 20, 2017 by  
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What do peanuts, rice, bananas, potatoes, and mushrooms have in common? In addition to being delicious, they could be transformed into building materials. In a report entitled The Urban Bio-Loop , the Arup group proposes to use food waste (something developed nations have an abundance of) to develop low-cost and eco-friendly materials for use in construction. The authors of the report aim to demonstrate ‘that a different paradigm for materials in construction is possible.” Because first-world nations, such as the United States , waste up to 40 percent of all food , the goal is to turn the waste into a resource for the creation of “construction, engineering, and architecture products,” reports Archinect . This could be done by modifying the traditional waste management system. Discarded organic materials that could prove useful include peanut shells, which could be used to create low-cost partition boards that are resistant to fire and ice; rice , which could be turned into ash and mixed with cement to eliminate the need for fillers; bananas, a fruit whose leaves can make rugged textiles as a result of high-strength fibers; mushrooms, which can be used to grow buildings ; and potato peels, which can be cleaned, pressed and dried to produce a light, fire-resistant and water-repellent insulating material. The group argues that using food waste for building would contribute to a circular economy where organic waste is put to use, rather than tossed into landfills . Repurposing food waste would also reduce the amount of methane that is produced when fruit and vegetable scraps slowly decompose. The gas contributes to global warming , a phenomenon which results in warming temperatures, rising sea levels, and worsening natural disasters. Related: The free grocery store fighting food waste and hunger Arup’s goal is to ameliorate rising levels of waste and a shortage of raw material. Using the low-cost, low-carbon materials would go a long way towards this goal. + “ The Urban Bio-Loop” Via Archinect Images via Wikipedia , Arup Group

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Flour power DIY: use a coffee grinder to make gluten-free flours at home

March 26, 2015 by  
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As I’m writing this, I’m stuffing a delicious piece of toast into my face and crunching on it rather happily. That might not seem like a big deal for most people, but for those of us who have to adhere to a gluten-free (GF) diet, a gorgeous piece of toast is worthy of a fair amount of celebration. Although more GF products are appearing on shelves, there’s something to be said for being able to bake one’s own items from scratch as well, but many GF flours are still insanely expensive. Luckily for us, milling our own flours isn’t just cost effective, it’s crazy easy too. Read the rest of Flour power DIY: use a coffee grinder to make gluten-free flours at home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amaranth , amaranth flour , baking , buckwheat flour , DIY , gluten free , gluten-free baking , gluten-free flour , oat flour , oats , quinoa , quinoa flour , rice , rice flour , sorghum

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9 Exceptionally delicious (and easy) vegan meals you can make on a budget

March 1, 2015 by  
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7 Gluten-free Flours and How You Can Use Them

October 5, 2014 by  
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There are many reasons why you may need or want to switch to a gluten-free diet, but like any diet that is a little outside of the mainstream, going gluten free comes at a price: both literally and in terms of the options available to you. The best way to overcome both of these hurdles is to learn to tailor your favorite recipes with gluten-free alternatives. However, gluten-free flours behave in different ways to wheat flour, so getting to know your options and which will work best for what purpose will set you on the road to baking success. Here’s our roundup of seven of the most popular gluten-free flours or flour alternatives, as well as some handy tips on how to use them. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: almond , buckwheat , celiac , coeliac , flour alternatives , gluten free , gluten-free baking , gluten-free recipes , OAT , recipe , rice , sorghum , wheat alternatives

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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

October 5, 2014 by  
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DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

July 25, 2014 by  
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We’re still in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and to stay hydrated , we’ve been indulging in everything from herbed waters and iced tea to granita and sorbets , but it’s always fun to try something new, right? If you’ve never had horchata, it’s certainly worth the bit of effort required to make it. Although a hot version of this drink is popular in autumn for  El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) this gorgeous Mexican beverage is just as perfect for summer barbecues, beach lounging, and days spent reading in the sunshine. Read the rest of DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: almond milk , almonds , autumn drinks , chufa , chufa nuts , Dia de los Muertos , Horchata , Mexican , rice , rice milk , rice milk drink , Spanish , tiger nuts , vegan , vegan drinks , wild rice

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Golden LED Royal Rice Field Celebrates Sustainable Agriculture in Thailand

March 24, 2014 by  
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Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change

August 7, 2013 by  
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As the world’s population soars above 7 billion , the threat of severe drought weighs heavily on global food supply. To help in the fight against worsening climate change , scientists in Japan have bred a new strain of rice that can survive severe droughts that have been plaguing and wiping out out staple rice crops around the world. Read the rest of Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Climate Change , deep rooting , deep rooting gene , DR01 , Drought , drought resistant rice , genetically modified crops , Japanese biotechnologists , Kinandang Patong , rice        

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25 Indian School Children Dead and Dozens Poisoned After Eating Insecticide-Tainted Rice

July 18, 2013 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. 25 students were killed, and dozens poisoned, after eating a free lunch provided by a school in eastern India. Doctors who are treating the children believe that a lethal mix of insecticides in the rice and lentil meal are to blame. Investigators have still not concluded whether the devastating poisoning was deliberate, but the source of the tragedy was found to be cooking oil stored in a container once used for insecticides. Read the rest of 25 Indian School Children Dead and Dozens Poisoned After Eating Insecticide-Tainted Rice Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , insecticide poisoning India children , pesticides , poisoned free lunch india , sustainable design , tainted rice India        

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