Category Archives: Agriculture

‘Noah’s Ark’ Takes On Water

‘Noah’s Ark’ Takes On Water

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, built into a hillside in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard far above the Arctic Circle, is often described as humanity’s last hope against extinction after some global crisis.  While there are more than 1,700 gene banks around the world that keep collections of seeds, all of them are vulnerable to war, natural disasters, equipment malfunctions, and other problems.  Except the Svalbard vault – or so we thought.  It has been dubbed the “Noah’s Ark” of seeds and a last chance for the world to regenerate if the worst should come to pass.  It’s mission is to keep the world’s seeds safe. 

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Making Biofuel Cost Effective

Making Biofuel Cost Effective

Biofuels are considered to be a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.  However, they are generally more expensive than competing fossil fuels.   Government subsidies, such as we have for ethanol in this country, have been necessary to make biofuels competitive in the marketplace. Continue Reading

Increasing Biological Invasions

Increasing Biological Invasions

Invasive species have been a problem for quite some time.  Over the years, we have grappled with – among other things – invasive plants from Japan, zebra mussels from eastern Europe, and Asian fungus that kills off ash trees in our forests. Continue Reading