Food Agriculture and Environment - Study data from King Faisal University update knowledge of food agriculture and environment
2009 JUL 2 - (VerticalNews.com) -- "Fourteen Aspergillus flavus and three A. niger strains were isolated from seeds of lupine (Lupinus albus L.), mung bean (Vigna radiata L.), faba bean and field bean (Vicia faba L.) and lentil (Lens culinaris). The aflatoxin production of isolates was tested by two different bioassay methods as measuring the inhibitory effect on okra seed germination and bacterial growth," scientists writing in the Journal of Food Agriculture & Environment report ...read more
Food Agriculture and Environment - Researchers from Sakarya University report details of new studies and findings in the area of food agriculture and environment
2009 JUL 2 - (VerticalNews.com) -- "In response to the high risk of foodborne illness from home-prepared foods in Turkey, a total of 1224 in-person interviews were conducted to determine consumer knowledge of proper food handling and consumer food purchasing behavior. According to the findings, only 2% of the respondents never washed their hands after handling raw meat and 11% were unconcerned about keeping raw meat or fish away from salad ingredients during food preparation," researchers in Sakarya, Turkey report ...read more
Food Agriculture and Environment - Researchers from Kocaeli University describe findings in food agriculture and environment
2009 JUL 2 - (VerticalNews.com) -- According to recent research published in the Journal of Food Agriculture & Environment, "Salinity is defined as the accumulation of water-soluble salt in soil and is one of the important factors affecting plant growth and the quality of ground water. The salt in soil is measured by electrical conductivity (EC), which increases with increasing salt amount."
"The first identification in the soil is performed in the laboratory EC analysis; Na variation percentage and pH determination are measured on field with adequate probes of portable pH meter, These measurements are conducted near surface soil layers about 30-40 cm of depth. However, if salinity of the deeper soil layers is to be measured, the soil samples must be collected from these soil layers. For this purpose, mechanical wells must be drilled until the desired depths. In this study, the salinity of the formations due to the intrusion of the sea water in the east of the Gulf of Izmit has been studied in situ by using geophysical (resistivity) method. The resistivity profiling survey enables the construction of resistivity maps that give a general plan view of the various alluvial deposits. Five sedimentary layers of different apparent resistivity were detected in the investigation area. These are gravely clayey sand (40-60 Omega m), gravely clayey silty sand (50 Omega m), clayey sandy gravel (100-110 Omega m), silty sandy clay (30 Omega m) and sandy silty clay (2 Omega m). The low resistivity values of sandy silty clay indicate high conductivity, which is related to the concentration of a conductive solute salty water intrusion from the Gulf of Izmit," wrote C. Kurtulus and colleagues, Kocaeli University ...read more
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