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XiteBio / 18.06.2012

  [caption id="attachment_281" align="alignright" width="233" caption="Deliberately adding excessive phosphorus to a freshwater lake results in extensive algae growth on the water surface"][/caption] Polluting lakes on purpose in the name of science. This is everyday life at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), a collection of 58 freshwater lakes in the province of Ontario, Canada. Under government protection since 1968, these lakes are designated for the sole purpose of conducting experiments over an entire lake ecosystem. These lakes are self-contained, so scientists are able to pollute individual lakes without disturbing others. They...

XiteBio / 15.06.2012

  I believe innovation is the most powerful force for change in the world. – Bill Gates   [caption id="attachment_276" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Comparison of non-flood-tolerant and flood-tolerant rice varieties after submergence"][/caption] As the problems facing the world become more challenging, the solutions needed to overcome them require us to be more creative. In a report delivered at the G20 summit in November 2011, Bill Gates provided an example of how innovations in agriculture can overcome existing problems, while having the potential to help solve future problems as well. There is a region in...

XiteBio / 12.06.2012

Hello and welcome to Growing Possibilities, the new blog hosted by XiteBio Technologies. Here you’ll find conversations, news, and perspectives relating to agriculture and the environment. In our daily lives at the IRD (Innovation, Research, & Development) Centre, we constantly keep ourselves up-to-date with the knowledge we need to innovate, test, and provide microbial technologies and agri-inputs for sustainable agriculture. We feel passionate about the work we do, and that’s why we’ve started this blog: to share our knowledge on soil-plant-microbe topics related to agriculture and hopefully take part...