Wildflowers offer clues to what drives plant diversity

University of Queensland – A new study of Australian wildflower communities is improving understanding of how climatic stress controls plant diversity, based on the strategies different species use to survive, grow and reproduce. “Plant diversity tends to be lower in more stressful environments,” says University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences’ lecturer, and CSIRO researcher, […]

New book makes the case for promoting agroecology worldwide

The Institute for Food and Development Policy, a nonprofit known as Food First, has released a new book entitled “Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up”. Fertile Ground presents nine innovative case studies authored by agroecologists from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe to make a case for promoting the use […]

Hand over wheat field in early summer evening.

Organic farming gaining street cred

By Karen Briere OrganicBiz staff Denis Brisebois liked the economic edge that organic farming could give him. So when he left a career in the oil patch three years ago and began farming near McCord, Sask., he decided to go that route. “In less than two years the shift has gone from ‘you’re one of […]

Researchers continue quest for organic oats

By Karen Briere OrganicBiz staff Four years after the first organically bred oat variety was registered in Canada commercial seed is still not available. Terry Tyson, procurement manager for Grain Millers in Yorkton, Sask., said it’s been a long haul to get Oravena to market. In the meantime, a second variety, OT8006, was approved for […]