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Cosmic probe sheds light on soil moisture

A proposed network of soil moisture probes in SA could have important consequences for food security and disaster mitigation.
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Controlling the ‘famine weed’

Integrated management is needed to control parthenium, a member of the Asteraceae family and a noxious weed that threatens food security, biodiversity and human and animal health.
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Digging up African treasure

Plant breeder Mohammed Mohammed, a PhD student at UKZN, is researching the Bambara groundnut, a high-protein legume.
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Allelopathy – test Results

In the second part of this two-part series,Dr Suzette Bezuidenhout discusses testing the allelopathic effect to control yellow nutsedge. Lloyd Phillips reports.
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Improving young pig performance

Dr Lia Hoving emphasises the significance of weight loss in sows during lactation. Her research shows that this can compromise a sow’s reproductive performance.
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The allelopathic effect

Nature is truly remarkable. Plants employ strategies to reduce competition and keep other plants from growing too close. Crop scientist Dr Suzette Bezuidenhout says this has an application in weed control. Lloyd Phillips reports in part 1 of two parts.
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Dung beetles to be used on New Zealand farms

A wave of South African dung beetles has arrived to start work on farms in New Zealand after a sojourn in Australia.
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The benefits of Bt maize

Insect-resistant Bt maize is an important tool for the management of maize stem borers, according to Edson Ncube of the ARC-Grain Crops Institute (ARC-GCI) in Potchefstroom.
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The fungal-bacterial ratio for soil health

Soil is a complex, integrated ecosystem. Microbiotic populations, essential to soil functioning, are indicators of soil health, says Dr Sarina Claassens.
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How to stop plums from going brown

A plum can look good on the outside but be brown and inedible on the inside. Dr Mariana Jooste explains that the problem lies in the method of cold storage and can be solved.
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Do you think there is a future for smallscale farming in SA?
Yes, smallscale farmers contribute to global food production.
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There is a place for both smallscale and commercial farming in SA.
Last week's poll
Minister Nkwinti's proposal to landowners to give 50% of their farms to farmworkers is...
Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68%)
Will benefit land reform. (41.84%)
Will threaten food security. (39.21%)
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Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %) Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %)
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