Application of chelated calcium to stock plants improves resistance to physical damage for poinsettia cuttings — ScienceDaily

Vegetatively propagated unrooted cuttings of annual ornamentals are typically grown in equatorial locations and shipped via airfreight to propagators located in temperate climates. Cutting quality, defined as the resistance to external forces — such as physical damage and pathogen infection — has an impact on postharvest durability during shipping and propagation. In an effort to…

Technique to benefit smart phones, self-driving cars, automated image interpretation — ScienceDaily

Whetstone, a software tool that sharpens the output of artificial neurons, has enabled neural computer networks to process information up to a hundred times more efficiently than the current industry standard, say the Sandia National Laboratories researchers who developed it. The aptly named software, which greatly reduces the amount of circuitry needed to perform autonomous…

Researchers find pond bacteria grows faster during the day, suggest a genetic explanation — ScienceDaily

Some of the bacteria that live in ponds, lakes and other freshwater environments grow faster during the day, even though they don’t take in sunlight as an energy source, according to researchers at the University of Delaware. Special genes that absorb light could possibly explain this increased activity, as the research team recently described in…

Researchers block two cancer cell signaling pathways and slow tumor growth — ScienceDaily

Blocking two molecular pathways that send signals inside cancer cells could stave off esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), the most common esophageal malignancy in the United States, according to new research out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Researchers identified the pathways using advanced computational and genetic analyses of tumor biopsies from EAC patients. They…

Study shows how to grow aquatic plants in large-scale plant production systems — ScienceDaily

Researchers Lyn Gettys and Kimberly Moore conducted a study and a series of experiments at the University of Florida to determine whether littoral aquatic plants could be grown effectively using a variety of substrates and irrigation methods similar to techniques used by traditional greenhouses for large-scale plant production. Their discoveries are shared in the article…

Study reveals important insight regarding breeding and distribution practices and management in the turfgrass industry — ScienceDaily

A study out of the University of Minnesota investigated the practices and challenges of turfgrass breeders and distributors. Chengyan Yue led a team of researchers that unveiled important insight regarding breeding and distribution practices and management in the turfgrass industry. Their discoveries are outlined in the article “Investigating the Practices and Challenges for Turfgrass Breeders…