Bacteria and worms filter water?!

Brown Swiss and Jersey dairy cows. (Photo taken in Oxapampa, Peru, by P. Froese.)

Two weeks ago, the Union-Bulletin of Walla Walla, Washington, reported a recent partnership between Organix Inc., a local organic waste management company, and BioFiltro, a Chilean firm. Organix will be the local distributor of the proprietary BIDA® organic wastewater filtration system sold by BioFiltro.

I became intrigued as I looked more closely at BioFiltro’s BIDA® filter, and thought I would share this (unaffiliated) short post about it. Continue reading…

The strawberry meets a new foe

First recorded in Egypt in the 1980s, Macrophomina crown and root rot of strawberry has increasingly challenged Californian farmers within the past decade, and even more recently in other strawberry-producing regions of the world. Strawberry growers in Chile, Argentina, and Spain have not escaped this outbreak either, but Dr. Marlene Rosales of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is working to find genetic resistance to the disease. Continue reading…