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Two new berries have been developed thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists at the Horticultural Crops Research Unit in Corvallis, Oregon, and their collaborators.

Berries of all types are wonderful additions to a healthy diet, providing nutrients, fiber and flavor. Sweet Sunrise (U.S. PP 25,223) is a new strawberry cultivar from the Corvallis breeding program, which is led by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant geneticist Chad Finn. This strawberry was released in cooperation with the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES) and Washington State University’s Agricultural Research Center.

ARS is the USDA’s chief intramural scientific research agency.

Sweet Sunrise strawberry

Sweet Sunrise is a high-yielding cultivar that ripens in June. It produces large, firm attractive fruit having excellent quality. According to Finn, Sweet Sunrise was high-yielding in every trial and location. Yields are comparable to, or higher than, those of other recent releases such as Charm, Valley Red, and Sweet Bliss or the industry standards Tillamook, Totem, and Hood. In all evaluations, Sweet Sunrise was rated excellent and comparable to Totem for commercial processors.

Finn also developed Columbia Star (U.S. patent applied for), a thornless, trailing blackberry cultivar from the same breeding program as Sweet Sunrise. Columbia Star was released in 2013 in cooperation with OAES.


The new blackberry is a high-quality, high-yielding, machine-harvestable blackberry with firm, sweet fruit that when processed is similar in quality to, or better than, fruit from the industry standards Marion and Black Diamond.

Both of these new berry cultivars will be good additions to the fresh- and processed-fruit markets, according to Finn.

Yi qi : Is it a Bird or is it a Bat……It’s a dinosaur…!!!

(CNN)Chinese scientists say they have discovered a new dinosaur species, with bat-like wings, that sheds light on how dinosaurs may have evolved into birds.

Based on a fossil specimen discovered in China’s Hebei province a decade ago, scientists estimate the bird-like dinosaur existed for a very short time 160 million years ago during the Jurassic Period, according to a new paper published in scientific journal Nature on Wednesday.

ay_glidinghero_freeA small dinosaur resembling a cross between a bird and a bat was the product of one of nature’s early experiments with flight, scientists believe.

The odd feathered creature discovered in China is thought to have had leathery wings similar to those of bats but never before seen in a dinosaur.

yi-qi-reconstruction1000Named “Yi qi” – Mandarin for “strange wing” – the tiny aviator weighing less than a pound (380 grams) lived during the Jurassic Period 160 million years ago.

Its feathers were not associated with flight, but Yi qi had a peculiar long rod-like bone extending from each wrist.

Experts think it probably supported a wing membrane, as seen in bats and gliding flying squirrels. Their theory is supported by the discovery of patches of membranous tissue preserved in the fossil remains.

Lead researcher Professor Xing Xu, from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) in Beijing, said: “We thought giving this animal a name meaning ‘strange wing’ was appropriate, because no other bird or dinosaur has a wing of the same kind.

“We don’t know if Yi qi was flapping, or gliding, or both, but it definitely evolved a wing that is unique in the context of the transition from dinosaurs to birds.”

The scientists, whose findings are reported in the journal Nature, believe Yi qi was one of nature’s early pioneers of flight – an evolutionary experiment that ultimately failed.

Only known specimen of the new dinosaur Yi qi.
Only known specimen of the new dinosaur Yi qi.

Check out Atmospheric Breakup: a Webcomic About the ISS

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Webcomic "Atmospheric Breakup" by Andy Warner featuring Ron Garan and the ISS (Source: The Nib)Webcomic “Atmospheric Breakup” by Andy Warner featuring Ron Garan and the ISS (Source: The Nib)

The International Space Station is the result of an amazing collaboration of many countries and countless individuals from around the world, a research lab and symbol of global peace and partnership put together in space. But recent and growing political tension between the two biggest contributors to the ISS – the United States and Russia – are casting doubt on the status of Station’s future. Will Russia continue its support of the ISS? Or will they build their own space station like some reports have suggested? And if so, what will happen to the current Station?

Ron Garan, former NASA astronaut and ISS crew member, humanitarian, and author of the new book The Orbital Perspective, is featured in a webcomic by Andy Warner (perhaps in honor of Free Comic Book Day?) called “Atmospheric Breakup,” which addresses the…

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Diseased Tomato Plants ??

Can Anyone Identify what disease is this and how can we control it ?

The leaves of the Tomato crop have spots, which are small, circular to angular, isolated, scattered and pale brown to black in color. These spots seem to be surrounded by a narrow chlorotic zone in some cases. Some of them also have brown lesions near the stem base. A few plants are completely defoliated. There is a picture below showing the situation.


I posted about this article in various social networking sites with an urge to discover more about this disease. I found a good amount of knowledge of the disease and its control measures.


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ICT Basics: Fundamentals of ICT in Agriculture!


Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become fundamental to the functioning of our society, quite like electricity and roads. There are a variety of ways agriculture domain harnesses the power of ICT. In order to appreciate how ICT can be used in agriculture, it is important to understand the basic concepts in this space, their functionality and their limitations. This course on ICT Basics will cover the fundamentals of ICT. It will deal with how information is gathered from the real world, stored in the machines, transmitted from machine to machine. It will talk about how the system figures out your location and your identity. Management of servers and services over the Cloud is another fundamental ability, which will be discussed. This course will be followed by advanced courses, which will take you further into ICT applications in modern agriculture.
Who should attend this course?

Being a basic course this should be of interest to everybody who use Cellphones, Computers and various computer based services. In particular, they should be useful to

  • Students of Agriculture Universities
  • Faculty of SAU
  • Agriculture Scientists in ARS
  • NGOs in Agriculture
Course content

Voice and Data Communication Data and Content Management
Location Recognition Knowledge Representation
Identity Management Data Analytics
Parameter Sensing Social Networking
Internet Technologies Cloud Computing
At the end of the course, a participant should know about

  • Website, Web Application
  • Read/write Web, Semantic Web
  • Server Side: Web servers, Search Engines
  • Client side: Browsers, Apps
  • Basics of Cloud Computing
  • Access Devices: Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Smart Phone
  • Communication Technologies: Voice and Data, 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, CDMA
  • Identity and Location: Who are you and where are you, GPRS, Cell towers, Wifi
  • Data Storage: BMS, Content management, Knowledge representation and storage

agMOOCs are offered under the umbrella of NPTEL. Participation certificate and Competency certificate will be given to qualifying students based on their involvement and performance.
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