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Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change

Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle

Healthy soils provide the largest store of terrestrial carbon. 

When managed sustainably, soils can play an important role in climate change mitigation by storing carbon (carbon sequestration) and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

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Date: 02/11/2015

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Manejo Poscosecha del Mango - Dr. Reginaldo Báez Zañudo

Published on Jun 25, 2015

Centro de investigación en Alimentación y Desarollo, A.C. 

Líneas de Investigación

Fisiología y Tecnología Postcosecha de Productos Hortícolas. La investigación del Dr. Reginaldo Báez se enfoca al estudio de la fisiología y bioquímica de frutas y hortalizas bajo condiciones de almacenamiento y mercadeo. 

También realiza estudios sobre la fisiología de maduración, relacionados con los cambios cuticulares de los productos hortofrutícolas y el control de calidad.

 Sus próximos trabajos de investigación se enfocarán a identificar los compuestos y rutas metabólicas de los componentes de las ceras epi e intracuticulares para desarrollar ceras o cubiertas con características similares a las naturales de los frutos y modificar el proceso de maduración. 

Los componentes de calidad son los más importantes para evaluar la aceptación de los productos durante su almacenamiento y mercadeo, por lo que otra de sus líneas de investigación es el control de la calidad de frutas y ver…

Mooving manure beyond drug-resistant bacteria

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 06, 2015

Stockpiled manure from cattle treated with antibiotics are pictured. The heat generated in the pile kills most bacteria in the interior of the manure pyramid, but may not reach the exterior of the pile. Image courtesy Mr. Andrew Olsen at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. For a larger version of this image please go here.

Manure management is serious business for a meat-hungry world. A single cow, depending on its size, can generate between 43 and 120 pounds of manure a day. Cow manure can be a low-cost fertilizer for farmers' crops. But manure can also host antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

Most bacteria are harmless. However, infamous pathogens that can originate from cattle manure include E. coli, Salmonella, and Yersinia. These bacteria can have grave side effects like fever, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

Tim McAllister is a principal research scientist in ruminant microbiology and nutrition at the Lethbridge Research Centre of Agri…

The Arab slave trade: 200 million non-Muslim slaves from all colors and nationalities

JUL 17, 2015



British colonial official with Islamic slave traders in Zanzibar. On the far right is Hamad bin Mohamed bin Jumah bin Rajab bin Mohamed bin Said al-Murghabi, more commonly known as Tippu Tip. He was the most notorious Islamic slaver. al-Murghabi died in 1905..

About ten years ago while traveling in Asia I found a very unusual book which I have unfortunately not been able to find in the West. 

I was casually reading it in the bookstore and regret that I never purchased it due to space and weight restrictions I already had in my luggage. 

It was a 900-year old Muslim ‘slave manual’ translated into English from the original Arabic. 

It was basically a very detailed purchasing manual, describing the cultural and ethnic traits of slaves from different parts of the world in non-Islamic countries. 

This should not be a surprise since the Quran supports slavery and enable Muslims to keep slaves even in the modern age (i.e Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Mauritani…


Importers expect highly promotable volumes of offshore mangoes for the winter holidays.

Greg Golden, partner and sales manager for Mullica Hill, N.J.-based Amazon Produce Network, reported brisk movement for offshore product so far this season.

“Demand has been really strong this fall coming off of a fantastic Mexican mango crop in the summer.”

On Nov. 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $8.50-9 for one-layer flats of tommy atkins from Brazil, up from $7-8 last year at the same time.

Fruit was moving well in early November, but there was a wide range in prices, Golden said, because there’s a wide range in the firmness of the fruit on arrival.

“The appearance of the Brazil tommies is excellent, and the brix is generally 12-13, which is good for a tommy,”
Golden said.

Size of Brazilian fruit was peaking on 9s and 10s in early November.

Ecuadorian volumes will likely peak the week of Thanksgiving and the two weeks after, Golden said.

“The market will need promotion during th…


U.S.: Chiquita gets back in the black in Q3

November 5th, 2015

Lower costs saved the day for Chiquita Brands International during the third quarter of 2015, offsetting a 9% year-on-year reduction in net sales. 

Net income for the period was reported to be US$10.17 million, a significant increase from the loss of US$17.96 million suffered in the same quarter last year.

While net sales slipped from US$738.55 million to US$674.7 million, the reduction in cost of sales was greater, dropping 12% to US$581.66 million.

The primary drivers of lower costs were said to be reduced weather impacts, lower fruit volumes in 2015 and lower fuel costs.

Looking at specific business segments, ‘salads and healthy snacks’ was the only category to see an increase in net sales, rising 1% to US$237.72 million.

Sales in the banana business fell 13% to US$416.22 million, while the ‘other produce’ category saw a greater decline of 23% to come in at US$20.76 million.

In a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fi…