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Dead zone-forming algae could be used to enrich soils and produce biofuel, say scientists

Friday, April 10, 2015 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

Tags: dead zones, algae, biofuel

(NaturalNews) Farmers may be able to harness the algal blooms caused by agricultural runoff into a viable product, thereby preventing dead zones in not just local waterways but across larger regions, according to a new study conducted by researchers from and presented at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in March.

Algae harvested in this fashion could be turned into fertilizer or sold for biofuel production, the researcher said.

"I grew up on a farm, and I know firsthand the needs of small-scale farmers, as well as the problems posed by algal blooms," researcher John B. Miller, PhD, said. "But I am also a chemist, so I see an upside with algae."

The study was funded by Western Michigan University, the Department of Energy, the Smithsonian Institution and StatoilHydro.

Good for environment and for farmersAlgae are naturally occurring aquatic…

Mango Crop Report Alert from the National Mango Board

The Mango Crop Report from the National Mango Board has been updated.

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Mango Market News

Mango volume shipped on week ending 4/4/15 was approximately 2,802,820 boxes. 

Compared to the same week last year, volume shipped was approximately 3,387,026 boxes.

Detailed variety information has been added to the NMB Crop Report.

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Mexico Mango Crop Information

The Mexican season began at the end of January and will run until September with a projection of approximately 38.4 million boxes until 6/20/15.

Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacán, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Guerrero main varieties until 6/20/15 are Ataulfo (40%),Tommy Atkins (43%), Haden (12%), Kent (4%), Keitt (.01%) and Other (.33%).

EMEX projections for all packinghouses have been posted. North Sinaloa projections are not included.

Volume shipped on week ending 4/4/15

Volume shi…