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Biosorption of heavy metals: a case study using potato peel waste
October 17 2017 by INKOA

Potato peel waste (PPW) from food processing was used for removing As3+, Pb2+, and Hg2+ heavy metals from water. The response surface methodology (RSM) and the central composite design (CCD) were employed for determining optimal conditions for heavy metal removal. The statistical analysis indicates that the effect of pH is the most significant parameter. The optimal condition for achieving the maximum removal was obtained for removing different metals using RSM. Desorption study indicates its good reusability within three recycling steps.

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Evaluation and selection of true potato (Solanum tuberosum) seed families in North-Central plains of India
October 17 2017 by INKOA

Segregating progenies from 19 crosses of potato (Solanum tuberosumL.) developed at the International Potato Center (CIP), Peru were tested during 2008-2013 for adaptation and yield attributes in the sub-tropical plains of India i.e. Modipuram, Uttar Pradesh. The progenitors of the crosses showed early foliage maturity, tolerance to biotic stresses and processing attributes. In initial clonal generations, selection was based on desirable tuber attributes and tuber yield components. Clones showing viral symptoms, producing long stolons, irregular tuber shape, russetting, cracking or deep eyes were eliminated. From the initial population of 17,300 true seeds, 13 advanced clones of five crosses were subjected to evaluation in replicated trials and nine better performing clones were selected. Critical evaluation of these nine clones resulted in the identification of five promising clones (305069.701, 305111.701, 305138.702, 397186.703 and 397186.704) with high tuber yield (43 to 50 t/ha) and desirable tuber attributes. These advanced clones hold promise of becoming new potato cultivars and may be used in breeding programmes aiming at high productivity in the region for improving the livelihood of farmers.

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New app diagnoses crop diseases and notifies farmersOctober 13 2017

A team of scientists has developed a mobile phone application which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to accurately identify crop diseases in the field. The app also delivers the latest advice to manage all major diseases and pests that affect root, tuber and banana crops, and helps farmers identify the nearest agricultural extension support for the farmers. The project which is being implemented by a global network of scientists is part of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research’s (CGIAR) research programme on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB).

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The Path Towards Sustainability In AfricaOctober 9 2017

As international development groups continue to aid nations in the African continent, economic and political stability has been easier to achieve. With this stability being realized, a new shift in focus towards sustainability seems to be transpiring. So far, this sustainability has centered around farming. Farming throughout Africa is widely considered to be the next logical frontier as sustainable development continues in the continent. Fortunately, throughout the continent, there is an abundance of natural resources which have yet to be fully taken advantage of. 

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