Monthly Archives: September 2013

Korea Environmental Industries

Mini 017Labex Korea – Achieving both economic growth and better quality of life is human kind’s longstanding aspiration. To that end, we need to tap natural resources in an environmentally sustainable manner and stop polluting environment in the process of consuming the resources.
Advanced nations have made a continuous effort and seen a significant progress in maximizing productivity of resources while realizing economic development that minimizes environmental pollution. They have sought ways to curb environmental degradation by inventing relevant technologies and nurturing industries.
The Ministry of Environmental and Korean Environmental Industry & Technology Institute prepared a book to introduce Korea’s competitive environmental enterprises and technologies to the world.
 
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Sweet hydrogen: how sugar could help satisfy the world’s energy needs

SugarThe Guardian – Hydrogen makes an extraordinarily efficient and clean fuel. Three times as energy-efficient as petrol, Nasa used it to power its space shuttles. It can be used to generate electricity and only produces water as a byproduct.

And yet, scientists are struggling to scale up hydrogen production. Ironically, given hydrogen’s green potential, the cheapest and most viable sources are hydrocarbon-based compounds such as natural gas. But liberating hydrogen from fossil fuels creates carbon emissions that outweigh any environmental advantages.

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Researchers create biosensor to detect pesticide

18By Elton Alisson

Agência FAPESP – Researchers at the Universidade de São Paulo’s São Carlos Physics Institute (IFSC-USP), in collaboration with colleagues from the Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso (UFMT), have created a biological sensor that detects the presence of a highly toxic pesticide in water, soil or food in just minutes. The pesticide in question is methamidophos, which is being banned in Brazil but is still used for several crops in the country.

Developed under the auspices of the National Institute of Science and Technology on Organic Electronics (INEO)—one of the National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs) funded by FAPESP and the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)—the sensor could be adapted for the detection of other types of pesticides, according to the researchers. The basic principle behind the device has also led to the development of a rapid test to detect the dengue fever virus….>>Continue Reading<<

Source and Photo: Agência Fapesp, 11th September, 2013
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New nutritional supplement does not harm calves during nursing

17By Noêmia Lopes

Agência FAPESP – When they are born, calves do not yet have complete control over the rumen, the first of four compartments that form a structure similar to the stomach in ruminants. The development of the organ depends on the ingestion of solid food, which is fermented by bacteria and yields a final product that is absorbed and metabolized by the internal walls of the rumen.

For this reason—and to reduce the cost of maintaining calves on a liquid diet, which decreases the amount of milk available for sale—the diet of calves in the nursing stage is typically supplemented with corn-based concentrate, a food with high energetic value, and protein sources based on soymeal. However, researchers from the Zootechny Department at Universidade de São Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz Agricultural School (Esalq/USP) in Piracicaba (SP) have sought a superior supplement… >>Continue Reading<<

Source and Photo: Agência FAPESP, 11th September, 2013
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Fake food: the tech companies working to revolutionise how we eat protein

Beyond meat chicken forkBy Elisabeth Braw
The Guardian – Ethan Brown likes the taste and texture of meat. He just doesn’t like the morals of it. Until now, that left him with the choice of eating an animal and feeling guilty, or going vegetarian and missing out on the juicy taste of grilled chicken. Fungi-based substitutes such as Quorn don’t tend to cut it with those who miss real meat.

But Brown, a former clean-energy executive, belongs to a new generation of tech entrepreneurs who are taking a new approach to protein. “Look at the impact of meat on the climate”, he says. “Look at its impact on human health, the vast resources meat production consumes and how factory farming affects animal welfare. It’s all pointing in the direction of a major change.” Brown’s solution is making plants taste like poultry. His Los Angeles-based company, Beyond Meat, produces protein that looks, tastes and feels like chicken – but is made entirely from plants.

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Source and Photo: The Guardian, 16th Sepetember, 2013
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Geographic distribution of Atlantic Rainforest trees could decrease 65% by 2100

15By Noêmia Lopes

Agência FAPESP – If the most optimistic projections of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) come true and the temperature in the areas with remnants of the Atlantic Rainforest increases by up to 2 degrees Celsius, the geographic distribution of trees in this forest could show a 30% reduction by 2100. If, however, the IPCC’s worst-case scenario were to occur and global warming reaches 4 degrees Celsius, the reduction could reach 65%…. >>Continue Reading<<

Source and Photo: FAPESP, 18th September, 2013
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Avian Bird Flu

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The Poultry Site published the latest Avian/Bird Flu News in September. Click on the title to access the article.

  1. Bird Flu Outbreak Reduces Waste Production in Valley
  2. Two Cambodian Girls Contract H5N1; One Died
  3. LPAI Affects Ducks in Taiwanese County
  4. High-path Bird Flu Outbreaks in Nepal Affect Broilers and Layers
  5. Maryland Researchers Study Vaccine to Prevent Potential H7N9 Bird Flu Pandemic
  6. Poultry Slaughter Begins in Emiglia Romagna
  7. FAO Launches Emergency Projects to Fight H7N9 Avian Flu
  8. Two Mexican States Lift Bird Flu Quarantine
  9. Bird Flu Viruses Could Re-emerge in Upcoming Flu Season
  10. Third Person Reported with H7N7 Infection
  11. H7N9 Studies Flesh out Infectivity Patterns in Humans and Pigs
  12. Some Relief Ahead for Nepal’s Poultry Farmers
  13. Hot Chinese Poultry Seized by Customs
  14. Novel Avian Influenza A Virus Has Potential for Both Virulence and Transmissibility in Humans
  15. Canada’s Wild Bird Survey for Avian Influenza Underway
  16. Bird Flu Hit 140,000 Nepali Poultry in July
  17. China’s H7N9 Infections Reached 134 by August
  18. Supply Chain Must Not Be Hit by Avian Influenza
  19. Mexico Reports Two More H7N3 Bird Flu Outbreaks
  20. Trade, Wild Birds Causes Bird Flu Infections in Domestic Ducks
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