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Three Sisters: Agriculture Method

Three sister agriculture method is a form of  traditional agriculture followed in North America dated back since 5,000 years. It is an intercropping system where three crops - Maize, Beans and Squash are grown together forming an classic form of mixed cropping.     Growing the Three Sisters "Three sisters" are maize (Zea mays), beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and squash (Cucurbita spp.) seeds are sown together in a single hole. Maize grows first, providing…

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Chinampas – Forgotten Agriculture System

Chinampas Small, stationary, artificial island built on a freshwater lake for agricultural purposes. It is also called as floating garden.  History of Chinampa Aztecs developed the water-saving agricultural system (still used in Mexico City in the Lake Xochimilco region) chinampas by piling mud and decaying plants into small stationary islands on top of which farmers would sow maize, beans, chilies, squash, tomatoes and greens. To stabilize the islands, sturdy reeds (tall,…

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Omics in Plant Breeding

Brief Introduction....           It is the process that provides a change for plant traits to construct new phenotypes with desired characteristics. Breeding programs are aimed at improving and increasing traits such as quality, flavor, yield, tolerance of abiotic and biotic stresses, and storage period. Plant breeding programs can be divided into two groups: CLASSICAL PLANT BREEDING Plants are selected with desirable characters and elimination of undesirable…

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Plant Blindness
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Plant Blindness

Phenomenon where we tend to underappreciate the flora around us leading to disastrous consequences not only for the environment, but human health. Term  was given my US botanists Elisabeth Schussler and James Wandersee in the year 1998 they described it as "the inability to see or notice the plants in one's own environment" Causes of Plant Blindness Under-appreciation of plants  Limited interest in Plant Conservation  Plant Biology courses are shutting down at a dizzying…

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